Saxo Predicted Hypersonic Cold War for 2022

Saxo Predicted Hypersonic Cold War for 2022

( – 1946 was an unusual year for the United States. World War II was officially over; soldiers were finally coming home. Hitler’s Nazi army could no longer threaten the world or engage in widespread genocide. Unfortunately, the rise of the Cold War between the US and Soviet Russia was just around the corner and tensions between the two regions didn’t officially end until December 3, 1989. A recent prediction from Saxo Bank suggests Americans may witness yet another cold war in 2022.

Saxo Bank Predicts Hypersonic Cold War

A December 12 article published by Saxo Bank suggests the next major global conflict will likely occur among the US, China and Russia. Unlike the messy withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the war in Yemen, or ongoing conflicts in Sudan, this fight will be far quieter and much more subdued.

But that doesn’t make it any less frightening.

Saxo Bank is predicting that the US, China and Russia will this time engage in a cold-war-style race to be the first to develop and control working hypersonic technology. Analysts suggest this will deepen the current rivalry between the US and both of the other countries, which could theoretically prompt future attacks.

Saxo’s writers also suggest other countries with advanced military tech, including Israel, the EU, India, will join the race in a much bigger way in 2022.

What Exactly Is Hypersonic Tech?

The term “hypersonic technology” refers to any device or object capable of traveling at speeds equal to or higher than Mach 5 (around 60 miles per minute). While researchers do believe the human race will eventually use this kind of tech for travel, most countries are currently focused on developing hypersonic weapons.

Hypersonic weapons can hypothetically travel at speeds of up to Mach 10, or around 7,672 miles per hour. A hypersonic missile fired from China would enter Earth’s upper atmosphere, travel across the globe, and then descend to strike a US target in a matter of minutes.

That short timeframe is deeply concerning. Having only minutes to react to a potential attack leaves many targets totally defenseless. Furthermore, hypersonic missiles are very nimble, making them extremely difficult to intercept en route to their target.

Who Has Hypersonic Tech?

While China, Russia and the US are all currently working on projects related to hypersonic weapons, the sheer rate at which China is advancing has some military analysts concerned. It successfully tested a hypersonic-capable Long March 7 rocket back in August of 2021.

Russia also successfully tested a Zircon cruise missile in late November. At the time, Vladimir Putin claimed the device was capable of traveling up to 1,000 kilometers (over 620 miles) at 9 times the speed of sound.

The US military is also heavily engaged in researching and exploring both hypersonic tech and directed energy weapons. The Department of Defense (DOD) conducted tests of a new glide body flight system in March of 2020, while DARPA announced its Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) achieved flight in September 2021.

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