For the first time since the Soviet Union fell, the Army is developing weapons with a thousand-mile range. That’s roughly five times the range of anything the Army fields today and three times the range of previously announced programs. The payoff in a future war with Russia or China could be dramatic – but the technological, financial and even legal problems are daunting. The ambition? Develop not one but two types of ultra-long-range missiles to help blow holes in advanced air defenses: One Army weapon, not yet officially named, would be a high-performance hypersonic missile, tearing through missile defenses at Mach 5-plus to kill critical hardened targets… – Breaking Defense Photo: The Army’s last 1,000-mile weapon was the Pershing II nuclear-tipped ballistic missile, banned by the INF Treaty of 1991.