‘But will it fly at ludicrous speed?’ Trump teases mysterious ‘SUPER DUPER MISSILE’ at Space Force flag unveiling ceremony
US President Donald Trump has offered a sneak peak into the future of American military tech, talking up what he called a “super duper missile,” but his scientific terminology was simply too much for some netizens to take.
The comment came during an Oval Office ceremony to unveil the official flag of the Space Force on Friday, with Trump taking a brief detour into state-of-the-art hardware under development at the Pentagon.
“We have, I call it the Super Duper Missile. And I heard the other night [it's] 17 times faster than what they have right now,” Trump said.
TRUMP: "We have, I call it the 'Super Duper Missile.' And I heard the other night, 17 times faster than what they have right now. If you take the fastest missile right now. You've heard Russia has 5 times, China is working on 5 or 6 times. We have one 17 times ...17 times faster" pic.twitter.com/Y3ZtNIL9TI— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020
If you take the fastest missile right now – you've heard Russia has five times [faster], China is working on five or six times [faster]. We have one 17 times... 17 times faster, if you can believe that.
Since the president didn’t elaborate on the weapon he had in mind, many indeed had a hard time believing that. The Pentagon and Beijing are both currently developing hypersonic missiles – capable of exceeding Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound – while Moscow has already put its own Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle into service.
Kayleigh McEnany: Yes, it is Super Duper and will be capable of ludicrous speed...— Jim Longworth (@JJLongworth) May 15, 2020
Trump’s highly technical description immediately triggered a wave of mockery across social media, with some netizens sharing a “leaked photo” of the new mega munition, while others thought the name was more fitting for Dr Evil, the satirical super villain.
Here's a leaked photo. We're working with the Italians. pic.twitter.com/S1vEDuENcY— Ërik Sändbërg (@Guitarlord34) May 15, 2020
Absolutely OUTRAGED that we've been shooting off merely MEDIOCRE missiles!— Alex B. (@serendipity5460) May 15, 2020
This was pretty much Trump today as he announced the “Super Duper Missile” pic.twitter.com/f84qZra8EA— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) May 15, 2020
Some offered few additional ideas for what to name future weapons, including the “Big Boom Bomb” and the “Shooty Shooty Rifle” – perhaps the Defense Department should take notes.
Super Duper MissileBig Boom BombShooty Shooty RifleMega Armor TankHyper Mega Plane https://t.co/SRXzD7RPD3— GALM-1, Belkan Ace 🇷🇸 (@vonJardinus) May 15, 2020
Trump talked about a super duper missile but a leaked memo by the U.S. Defense Department also goes into great detail about a gee golly willikers grenade launcher.— Chicken🧢 (@MoistPoultry) May 15, 2020
Space Force, the sixth branch of the US Armed Forces, was created in December, and will extend the US military footprint further into space to “protect American interests” and “deter aggression,” according to the Pentagon. The agency will continue the work of the Air Force Space Command, with Air Force General John Raymond serving as its first chief of space operations.
Super Duper Missile pic.twitter.com/MZJkeUPjZd— Sheriff Forlorned Foreskin (@SmallDIC3) May 15, 2020
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