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As Russia and China get closer to actually fielding nuclear-armed hypersonic ICBMs, the Pentagon has been hard at work on a pair of concepts designed to meet the threat.
As reported by Warrior Maven, DARPA is working on an interceptor that can take on incoming hypersonic warheads traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 5. As such, the secretive agency is soliciting proposals for a concept known as “Glide Breaker,” which seeks to “develop an enabling technology critical for an advanced interceptor capable of defeating hypersonic vehicles,” according to FedBizOpps.gov.
Concept - Countermeasure - Vehicles - Atmosphere - ICBM
The concept is straightforward enough: Build a countermeasure fast enough and accurate enough to intercept boost-glide vehicles and engage them high into the atmosphere as they sit atop an ICBM.
One of the most advanced hypersonic vehicles thus far is Russia’s Avangard, which has been touted by Russian President Vladimir Putin as impossible to stop using current anti-missile technologies and systems.
Avangard - RS-28 - Sarmat - ICBM - Speed
The Avangard is hoisted into the atmosphere atop a gigantic RS-28 Sarmat ICBM, then glides to earth reaching a top speed of about Mach 20. But again, the U.S. and China are also developing this technology.
But wouldn’t it be advantageous to have both offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities? DARPA...
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