DARPA Building Defense System to Counter Hypersonic Missiles

Earlier this week, it was announced that President Donald Trump was about to resurrect the Star Wars missile defense system started by President Ronald Reagan over 30-years ago.

The reason for resurrecting Star Wars was to find a way to counter the growing threat of the hypersonic missiles being developed by Russia and China.

These missiles have the ability travel between 5 to 10 times the speed of sound, hence the name hypersonic.

These missile travel so fast that normal missile defense systems are incapable of engaging and destroying them.

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DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, here in the use has announced that they developed a defense system capable to intercepting hypersonic missiles.

Defense Maven – DARPA Builds Advanced Interceptor Weapon to Destroy Hypersonic Missile Attacks – DARPA calls it “counter-hypersonics.”

The rest of us would call it a way — or a prayer — to stop nuclear warheads coming down on our heads at 20 times the speed of sound.

DARPA, the Pentagon’s pet research agency, wants an interceptor that can stop weapons that are hypersonic (travel faster than Mach 5). The agency has begun soliciting proposals for Glide Breaker , its project to stop boost-glide vehicles that are lofted high into the atmosphere atop a ballistic missile, and then glide down to Earth. The current exemplar is Russia’s Avangard, touted by President Vladimir Putin as unstoppable by anti-missile defenses. The Avangard is lofted by a giant RS-28 Sarmat ICBM, and then glides down to its target at Mach 20. But China and the U.S. are also developing boost-glide vehicles…

It’s obvious that the world powers are back in an arms race like the one that followed World War II and lasted for decades, until liberals feared the worst and started signing arms treaties.

The problem with many of these treaties is that the US was the nation that kept their promises while our enemies continued to develop newer and deadlier weapons.

Now realize the damage Obama really created when he worked to dismantle much of America’s military forces, equipment and weapons.

His actions have left the US more vulnerable than any time since the Revolutionary War, which I believe was his intent all along.



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