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    The WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle. Artist's rendering.

    Russian Hypersonic Aircraft to Break Through Missile Defense Systems

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    Russian scientists are working on hypersonic aircraft that will be able to penetrate enemy missile defense, RIA Novosti wrote, citing Boris Satovsky, a project director at the military research agency Future Research Fund in Moscow.

    Boris Satovsky said that the ongoing technological progress was producing ever new types of weapons, including those based on highly maneuverable hypersonic elements

    “Thanks to their outstanding technical characteristics, such systems will be able to break through virtually every existing missile defense system, thus ensuring global military-strategic parity in the next 30-40 years,” Boris Satovsky told RIA.

    According to media reports, this year Russia has twice tested a hypersonic glider meant to replace traditional warheads for new generations of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the heavy Sarmat ICBM.

    In an interview with RIA, military expert Boris Litovkin said that after entering the atmosphere the ultra-maneuverable hypersonic reentry vehicles are able to shift their targets in flight thus making them extremely hard to intercept.

    Hypersonic aircraft can travel at over five times the speed of sound, or 330 meters a second.

    The Future Research Fund was established in 2012 law to sponsor high-risk scientific research and development for defense-related studies, which could lead to breakthroughs in defense technology for Russia.

    The Fund is currently working on over fifty new maneuverable hypersonic ballistic glider projects in more than forty laboratories at Russia’s leading universities, scientific-research institutes and defense enterprises.

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      This hypersonic aircraft has to run faster than the sensor waves returning from the aircraft to the enemy center missile system to streak much before the sensors are able to activate the enemy defense system. What is the returning speed of the enemy sensor signal? Light speed?
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      You do it, i do it, we all do the same things, at the end we all ended up in square one - mutual assurance destruction as before! Elect me world president and i will get rid of all the killing tools leaving only slingshots, axes and hammers as heavy tools - then the world will live in peace for at least the next 1000 years.
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      Obama can't even give a speech in public without reading every word from a teleprompter and he accuses Russia of not being sophisticated.
    • jamesin reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, it doesnt matter if they can detect it, what matters is if they have a faster missile to shoot it down with, as well as match its maneuvering so it doesnt miss.
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      Erik Tretein reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, You clearly don't understand how an ABM system works. The ABM launch sites are not omnipresent, there will be just a few, these may be 100's of kilometers away from the targeted missile flight path.

      The ABM system depends on being able to predict the trajectory of the incoming missile by tracking the initial trajectory of the missile. Then based on where the interceptors are located, an interceptor is launched to a point where the ABM system calculates both the missile and interceptor will be at simultaneously some time later. This calculation depends on the incoming missile having a stable, predictable, ballistic course. While the interceptor can compensate for small midcourse changes by the incoming missile, it cannot compensate for large changes which will result in the interceptor chasing the missile rather than meeting up with the missile. If the missile travels even close to the speed of the interceptor, the race is over before the get-go.

      The only way to deal with highly maneuverable missiles is to add a lot of interceptor bases near expected targets and expect to target the incoming missile closer to these targets. Effectively you can force the defender to deploy 10,000's of interceptor missiles and 100's of radars near every defended potential target with 100's if interceptors needed to cover for every potential incoming missile if the ABM system is not to be overwhelmed.

      But effective nuclear missile defense depends on intercepting the missiles at high altitude to minimize fallout. That's the catch.
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