Vladimir Putin recently made the offer to sell their hypersonic missile technology to the US. Not only the technology but missiles built with that technology.
The US refused.
So, one has to question why Russia would make such an offer, seeing that they are portrayed continuously as being so aggressive militarily? Another question is why the US would refuse such an offer?
I’ll address the second question first. The US refuses the offer for very obvious reasons. First, so that our government can continue to portray Russia as an aggressor. Second, US corporate military contractors would stand to lose money from doing research and experimentation to recreate the wheel. The technology exists and is being offered for sale to our government in completed form. They would rather drive up debt on taxpayers than buy it from an “adversary”.
So, why would Russia offer this technology for sale to us? Putin himself said it, to stop the arms race. If we are both equal in technology, there would be no arms race. It is a diplomatic move which is unparalleled and unprecedented.
Russia has made it clear for decades that the only reason they bother with nuclear weapons is to maintain a balance of power, so the US does not go unchecked in our dominance. Russia publicly states that they have a “no first strike” policy in place. That their nuclear weapons are solely for defense.
The US is the only country on the planet that has ever used a nuclear weapon against an adversary. Our most recent Nuclear Posture Review stated that the US government policy on the use of nuclear weapons includes use as a response to conventional warfare. So, while Russia’s nuclear weapons are defensive, ours are decidedly offensive. The most recent mission statement of the Pentagon states that the purpose of the US military is to “maintain our way of life”. Meaning our military is in place to maintain dominance in trade, not as a defense against military intrusion or aggression.
I have pointed out the advantage of hypersonic weapons before. Namely, that they do not have to be used with nuclear warheads. They make formidable weapons with no warhead at all. A hypersonic missile is delivered with so much velocity that it could penetrate all the way through an aircraft carrier with no warhead at all attached. Attach a conventional warhead and it would obliterate the carrier in the example.
Another advantage to hypersonic weapons is that they cannot be accurately detected by radar. Even if a radar system spanning massive distances were implemented, it could only project a stable flight path. Several problems with that. Russia states their hyspersonic weapons are highly maneuverable and can change flight paths easily, so a stable flight path is unlikely. In addition to the fact that any countermeasures would have to reach an even greater velocity than the fastest weapons ever developed, be able to track and maneuver at least as well as the hypersonic weapon and be able to do so in a time frame which prevented the missile from reaching the target. All of which sounds distinctly unlikely.
One major thing to note is that Russia’s offer has not been and is not likely to ever be reported on by corporate media. Their advertisers wouldn’t like it and it doesn’t fit the “fear Russia” narrative.
Taking all of this into account, what we already know becomes even more clear. Nothing about our government response has to do with peace or security. If our peace and security had any consideration at all, this offer would be accepted and it would lead to more diplomatic efforts. This refusal is based entirely on keeping Americans terrified and hateful while maintaining corporate profits, no matter the cost.