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US looks to counter hypersonic missiles by Russia and China

WASHINGTON: Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defenses keep pace with North Korea's fast-growing rocket program, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat. These weapons under development by China and Russia -- as well as by the United States -- can fly at many times the speed of sound and are designed to beat regular anti-missile defense systems. The hypersonic missiles could change the face of future warfare, as they can switch direction in flight and do not…