Russia has developed a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile that has the capability of evading America’s current missile defense systems.
The definition of hypersonic means the missile travel between 5 to 10 times the speed of sound, or 3,836 to 7,673 miles per hour.
From all indications, the US is close to developing a system to destroy hypersonic missiles.
So, amidst a host of objections, mainly from countries like Russia, it seems that President Donald Trump is reviving the Star Wars missile defense program, originally dubbed the Strategic Defense Initiative, launched in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan.
Great Power War – Trump to revive ‘Star Wars’ missile defense concept in face of growing hypersonic weapons threat – In the 1980s, then-President Ronald Reagan approved funding for a space-based missile defense concept that was nicknamed “Star Wars” by critics, after the famous movie franchise.
Derided by critics as too expensive and Democrats as unnecessarily provocative towards the Soviet Union, the concept, formally called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and announced by Reagan in 1983, envisioned a space-based defense network capable of intercepting ICBMs well before they reached their targets.
SDI never became a reality and was abandoned after the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991. However, the project did produce research which was utilized in current missile defense systems deployed with advanced militaries around the world.
However, a new threat has emerged — hypersonic missiles — that will make current ground-based missile defense systems obsolete. And as such, the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, will seek to revive a Reagan-era concept to meet this emerging threat…
Members of the Trump administration believe that space offers the best chance of an effective defense system to detect and stop hypersonic missiles.
The big question is whether or not a Star Wars defense system can be developed fast enough to counter the weapons of Russia and China.
According to some reports, both China and Russia are expected to have their hypersonic weapons operational and in place by next year.
Some experts say it won’t be enough and that the US is increasingly becoming vulnerable, thanks to the destruction of our defenses by Barack Obama.
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