The World Forum - May17th, 2024

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War fears as US nuclear unit deployed to Germany with new hypersonic weapons


AN AMERICAN nuclear artillery unit has been redeployed to Germany sparking fears of war as tension mounts on the Eastern front of Europe.

The unit is the first of its kind since the end of the Cold War and is armed with long-range hypersonic missile technology. 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.

Further tension is mounting in the region as Russian forces have been deployed to the Ukraine border, and tensions between Russian-backed Belarus and Poland escalate over waves of migrants seeking to enter Europe.

With the current global world order being dominated by the hegemonic power of the US, rising powers are seeking to change the status quo.

Nuclear arsenals have been kept relatively secure since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.