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United States plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

United States plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

When he announced on February 1 that the US would pull the plug on the INF treaty, President Donald Trump said his administration would "move forward" with developing a military response to Russia's alleged violations.

Hodges' comments came amid media reports that the USA plans to test two missile systems banned under the INF Treaty, and that a new cruise missile is scheduled to be tested in August, while a longer-range ballistic missile will be test-launched in November.

The official said the United States was also looking to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile in November, adding that both would be conventional and not nuclear.

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

According to comments by USA officials to the Associated Press, the United States will begin testing two weapons-both armed exclusively with a conventional payload. But Trump withdrew from the treaty on February 1 and triggered a formal six-month wait period before the final expiry of the agreement this summer.

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The remarks come after the Hill reported on Wednesday that the USA plans to test two missile systems banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which the U.S. announced its decision to withdraw from later this year.

It's unclear if the United States will develop an all-new missile booster for the new IRBM or if the payload will be a hypersonic weapon.

When he announced that the United States would pull out of the INF Treaty, Trump said the military would "move forward" with developing a military response to Russia's alleged violations.

"We're going to test a ground-launched cruise missile in August", said a senior defense official, who declined to be named.

Washington has not spoken to any European or Asian allies about the possibility of hosting the missile on their territory, according to the defense officials. Trump said during the event the U.S.is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately", in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people. The ballistic missile, however, is likely to take longer. NATO is now studying the implications of the demise of the INF treaty and possible military responses. "You have already heard about the results of the tests we have held, but we adhered to certain restrictions imposed on us by the INF Treaty", the president said. Washington on many occasions had accused Russian Federation of violating the accord, but Moscow vehemently dismissed all accusations and, in its turn, expressed grievances over Washington's non-compliance.