LETHAL WEAPON Brit aircraft carrier faces threat from swarm of hypersonic Chinese missiles on first mission in South China Sea

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Dr Kaushal told The Sun Online the “game changer” hypersonic missiles present a “substantial challenge” to any potential foe. “If directed properly it could kill a multi-billion pound asset like an aircraft carrier but it only costs in the millions,” he said. “So the attacker can afford to waste a few missiles, whereas the defender faces the problem that even one hit to a carrier can be catastrophic. If an attack fails it’s the loss of a missile costing a few million pounds which is not great but China has been developing a pretty large inventory of missiles. With a hypersonic because if can change course quite rapidly in flight it’s difficult for defenders to identify its likely target.”