The United States Senate Appropriations Committee announced in a press release on Thursday that $694.9 billion defense spending bill for 2020 includes $235 million for hypersonic missiles, laser guns, and unspecified space weapons.
The release said, “the legislation recommends an additional $235.3 million for upgrades of test and evaluation infrastructure to support technologies critical for implementing the 2018 National Defense Strategy, including hypersonic, space, directed energy and cyber.”
The United States recently launched efforts to reach Russia and China, which have developed hypersonic weapons that can defeat existing missile defense technology by traveling at many times the speed of sound, the United States also close to developing high laser weapons that can be mounted on combat vehicles, according to defense officials.
An Appropriations Committee defense bill typically faces multiple amendments on the Senate floor, and additional changes in a conference to reconcile House of Representatives and Senate proposals before a final vote in both chambers of Congress.
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