So called International Olympic Movement is utterly corrupt and politicized. I am on record for years--the whole of IOC should be disbanded, together with many other Western "institutions". The latest confirms it:
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) supports the idea of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics, as long as they don’t participate under their nations’ flags or use their colors. The stance was confirmed by the organization’s chair, Susanne Lyons. Russian and Belarusian athletes are banned from global competitions in numerous sports after federations followed an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation to take action when the military operation in Ukraine was launched in late February. Last week, however, a declaration after an IOC Summit in Switzerland paved the way for athletes from the two countries to return, citing the need to ensure sport is not undermined by politics. The USOPC has similarly changed tack after supporting the initial IOC recommendation and subsequent ban for Russians and Belarusians.
The whole thing is completely discredited as yet another West's ideological and propaganda instrument and I hope Russia will allow individual sportsmen to decide their own fate. If they feel like competing under the IOC door rag--that should be their independent decision. Read my lips: Olympic Movement is dead and its corpse stinks, it has to be buried.
Now to a more important issues. As I also state for years--the first US hypersonic weapon most likely will be some sort of variation of Russian air-launched air-ballistic Kinzhal.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force said it conducted the first test launch of a fully operational prototype of its hypersonic Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon. The test of the Lockheed Martin-made AGM-183A ARRW, which took place Dec. 9 off the coast of Southern California, was deemed successful, the Air Force’s 96th Test Wing said in a statement Monday. It was carried out by the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The prototype hypersonic missile was launched from a B-52H Stratofortress bomber, the wing said, and then rapidly accelerated to greater than five times the speed of sound. The missile then completed its planned flight path and detonated, the wing said, and the early results show all the test’s objectives were met. “The ARRW team successfully designed and tested an air-launched hypersonic missile in five years,” Brig. Gen. Jason Bartolomei, program executive officer for the Air Force’s armament directorate. “I am immensely proud of the tenacity and dedication this team has shown to provide a vital capability to our warfighter.”
The details on capabilities and parameters of the testing of the prototype haven't been disclosed, but it looks like the US reached an important milestone. But we'll see when these program will reach a maturity for IOC.
In related news WaPo's journo-trash and "experts" grudgingly try to admit Crimea's reality:
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