Issue Brief on “Hypersonic Missile Race: Implications for Regional and Global Security”


India tested the High-Speed Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using an indigenously developed propulsion system on September 7, 2020. It, thus, became the fourth country to develop such technology.

US, Russia and China are already well on the way to develop these missiles. It is important to look into this advanced missile technology to determine what are the characteristics of these weapons, and what they mean for nuclear deterrence. Would these weapons fuel yet more arms races regionally and globally? Most important of all, what does India’s development of hypersonic missiles mean for Pakistan and security in the region.

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