American hypersonic missile plan for Europe has echoes of Cold War

An American nuclear artillery unit has been reactivated in Germany for the first time since the Cold War and is to be armed with new long-range hypersonic weapons.

The 56th Artillery Command, based in Mainz-Kastel, will control the Dark Eagle weapon, which when fully developed and deployed will be capable of accelerating to more than five times the speed of sound, or nearly 4,000mph. The reactivation reflects growing concerns in the Pentagon that Russia has succeeded in outgunning the US and Nato in Europe with longer-range artillery rockets and its own development of hypersonic weapons. The command was stood down in 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union and after its main weapon, the Pershing II ballistic missile, was banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. However, the INF was dumped by the Trump administration in 2019 after it accused Russia of violating the terms.

Hypersonic weapons could change the face of modern warfare. Intercontinental ballistic missiles approach its target at 15,000mph but cannot change course in flight, making it potentially easier to track. Hypersonic weapons travel at 4000mph (8 times faster than cruise missiles) but are more manoeuvrable and so fast as to give little warning of their launch and make them impossible to track and destroy with existing air defences. Last week Putin announced Russia’s own Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is completing more tests and will be ready to deliver to the Russian navy by 2022 much earlier than expected.

The Bible says that Gog will prepare for war. We see this happening now. Previous treaties and nuclear agreements have one by one come to an end. There is now a race for dominance. The gentile nations are preparing for war…

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.  (Joel 3:9-10)

Andy Walton

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