America’s defence secretary Ashton Carter announced the army’s tactical missile system (ATACMS) will be upgraded to hit moving targets with pinpoint accuracy.
It comes after Vladimir Putin’s unleashed is the world’s most advanced attack helicopter, according to Moscow.
The Kremlin proudly paraded the next generation ‘Night Hunter’ gunship, which is armed with futuristic lasers and drone escorts.
In response to Russia’s military boasting, head of the Strategic Capabilities Office – who are leading the rocket upgrade – Will Roper, said: “How you offset the adversaries trying to offset your offset? It’s very simple to do that, you just don’t talk about your best capabilities.
“We are keeping our best ideas behind the door and probably always will.
“We thought it was important to come out (in public) with ATACMS for the Army because there’s been a lot of writing, a lot of speeches, on the need for the Army to go cross-domain.”
Mr Roper added: “It’s time for us to show it isn’t just a theoretical idea, it’s something we can potentially get to quickly with something that we already have.”
Russia has been confronting the West in recent months with the Kremlin covertly operating in waters off the coast of Britain.
A nuclear submarine is believed to be one of three fearsomely armed subs heading for Mediterranean – easy striking distance of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.
As tensions descend to Cold War levels, nearly half of all Russian now fear a global military conflict because of Putin’s aggressive stance on Syria.
The survey found 48 per cent saw the probability of another world war in the near future as high or very high.
Researchers from private opinions pollster Levada said 52 per cent approved of their country’s involvement in the Syrian conflict while 26 per cent had a negative or sharply negative attitude Russia’s intervention.