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    The US Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon have successfully tested a missile that intercepts enemy missiles in space.

    The SM-3 IIA missile can sense ballistic missile attacks from space and neutralize the threats. The SM-3 made its debut by eliminating a ballistic missile fired from the Navy’s USS John Paul Jones destroyer.

    The idea for the mission was conceived and motivated, in part, by Star Wars, according to Scout Warrior’s Kris Osborn. “Now that technology is getting better,” he said, “exoatmospheric” missiles can intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles descending from outer space. The anti-missile technology would come in handy if the medium-range DF-16 missile tested by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army gets deployed.

    The next-generation missile is being developed by both Washington and Tokyo, Scout reported. Further, the US plans to deploy the missile in Poland by 2018. The successful launch took place in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

    Raytheon said that the 21-inch airframe allows US and Japanese forces to defend a larger area. “Now we have a higher sensitivity—so that is just a better seeker,” Raytheon SM-3 program director Amy Cohen said.

    “The SM-3 Block IIA missile is a larger version of the SM-3 IB in terms of boosters and the kinetic warhead, which allows for increased operating time,” the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement. Other officials asserted that the test was a “critical milestone” and that it was a “vitally important” achievement for preparing against “increasing ballistic missile threats around the world.”

    The first SM-3 interceptor in a double shot missile defense test rockets skyward to strike out a ballistic missile target off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    The first SM-3 interceptor in a double shot missile defense test rockets skyward to strike out a ballistic missile target off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    The administration of US President Donald Trump has made state-of-the-art missile defense a top priority. 

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    DF-16, anti-ballistic missile defense, US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Raytheon, PLA, Kris Osborne, Amy Cohen, Donald Trump, Washington, Tokyo, Poland, Hawaii
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    • avatar
      Andrew J
      Rockets do not work in space. US making up stories again.
    • FeEisi
      How much of the SM-3 IIA is technology taken from Arrow-3? This news comes shortly after Arrow-3 missiles entered service. #MAGA

      Defending from Outer Space? Israel Introduces Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor System
      sputniknews.com/military/201701201049792056-israeli-arrow-missile-defense-space
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      motherland101in reply toFeEisi(Show commentHide comment)
      FeEisi, The Arrow project was a joint effort between Israel and USA
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      Erik Trete
      In outer space, without an atmosphere, even a feather follows the same trajectory as a brick, it is easy to make a very light weight inflatable decoy that looks and acts just like the real warhead. There can be many decoys deployed for each real warhead. Even for one missile, the US may have to launch dozens SM-3 IIA interceptors to achieve the a guaranteed exo-atmospheric hit of a suspected warhead. Even North Korea could launch several missiles that do not even carry a real warhead, just decoys to cause the US to deplete its inventory of missiles.

      Large numbers of decoys also make it impossible to gauge the magnitude of an attack. This only makes risk assessment worse. Another reason why the US ABM system is a bad idea, both tactically and strategically.
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      beydety
      Russia need to start arming Cuba to the teeth, see how the Terrorist State likes it.
    • avatar
      MissyXXX
      Wonder how much space junk those idiots created with that!
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      Walter Wolfin reply tobeydety(Show commentHide comment)
      beydety, Cuba is not a sick coward, unlike Polsha. Historically Russia captured some territories of unreliable nations to use those as a buffer against other empires along Russian borders. Now there are no European or Asian empires and Russia has no interest in Polish or even Ukrish buffer. If those deploy weapons of the overseas imperialist state, then will just become first target to eliminate from the face of planet.
    • Drain the swampin reply toAndrew J(Show commentHide comment)
      Andrew J, They do but advanced computer simulation shows that anti-missiles would only work 20% of the time at their best. The varying trajectory,speed, swarming and multiple warhead re-entry attacks simply make any practical system untenable. This is the usual spin of the great satan.
    • Alan Reid
      Cool... Now at this time the ability to use space as a battle ground is at a fairly high state. The ability to defeat space based targets is well known, after all every satellite needs radio to get commands and transmit data and just because the space theater has been a calm place does not mean it is safe and protected. If conflict is forced upon the planet again the first real target is going to be ANY orbiting object starting with the GPS system the Yanks are so dependent upon. So have fun America, Rattle those sabers all you want... The other side in this conflict has a real good bead on all your tender bits.
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