Donald Trump Introduces 'Super-Duper Missile' at Unveiling of Space Force's Flag

President Donald Trump on Friday touted a project from the new military branch as a "super-duper missile" that travels 17 times faster than is currently on the market.

"We're building right now incredible military equipment at a level that nobody's ever seen before, we have no choice we have to do it with the adversaries that we have out there," Trump said, at a presentation of the U.S. Space Force flag before announcing one of the new weapons.

"I call it the super-duper missile and I heard the other night 17 times faster than what they have right now. You take the fastest missile we have right now, you've heard Russia has five times and China's working on five or six times, we have one 17 times," he said.

With Defense Secretary Mark Esper nodding as he spoke, the president added that the missile just received the go-ahead to be produced before addressing one of the three generals who were off-camera at the ceremony

Newsweek subscription offers >

"Seventeen times faster, if you can believe that, General. That's something, right? Seventeen times faster than what we have right now. Fastest in the world by a factor of almost three."

Asked about the "super-duper missile" during the White House press briefing because the Pentagon referred reporters to the White House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she wasn't able to elaborate.

Newsweek subscription offers >

The president has taken interest in the Space Force since he created it, unveiling its logo on in January on Twitter before the coronavirus crisis took hold in the conscience of the country, where he called it "the sixth branch of our magnificent military."

While the Space Force has been the target of parody, including with a coming Netflix series starring Steve Carrell of "The Office" fame, its proposed budget is no joke.

The Air Force shifted $15.4 billion to the Space Force that was already appropriated for the Air Force, with an expected $2.6 billion budget growth over the five years, with most of it for the procurement of classified space systems.

space force flag
U.S. Space Force Senior Enlisted Advisor CMSgt Roger Towberman, with U.S. President Donald Trump, presents the US Space Force Flag on May 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images/Getty
Donald Trump Introduces 'Super-Duper Missile' at Unveiling of Space Force's Flag | U.S.