United States Military Develops A New Technology To Blow The Enemy's Missile In Just One Launch
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More countries are developing military weapons. Thus, the United States also develop a new technology that could blow up the enemies' nuke.
More countries have or possibly be developing long-range missile technology. It includes systems that can carry different warheads known as Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs) and/or decoys.
Independent consultant Debalina Ghoshal wrote a report for the Federation of American Scientists last June 2016, stating that "Both China and Russia possess the MIRV capability for their ballistic missiles. In 2014, reports confirmed that Iran too had developed Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRVs) for their ballistic missiles. Cold War literature suggests that MIRVs are first strike weapons and could be strategically destabilizing," according to Daily Star.
She added that "The United States realizes these threats and is working towards a robust missile defense system."
In the previous year, contracts to Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon have been awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. It is to start the design of what is known to be as MOKV or the "Multi-Object Kill Vehicle." It could ruin several objects in space with just a single launch.
In a report by The Seeker, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, John Pike, told them that "Ten years ago, we had a single kill vehicle on a single interceptor. Kill vehicles today are the size of a toaster. This MOKV program is the latest iteration."
The plan of Raytheon, which is scheduled for a concept review this December is to load various MOKVs onto a single missile launch. Each of the MOKV would be equipped with steering, sensors and propulsion system and communications equipment that will allow them to zero in on an individual target and hit it, destroying the object by sheer kinetic forces, as reported by Space.com.
Pike added that "The impacts would take place beyond Earth's atmosphere, but on a trajectory that would send the resulting cloud of debris back into the atmosphere, where it burn up."
However, there is still a major challenge in the technology. They are tying to figure out how to differentiate between bombs and decoys. Thus, the military hopes to begin the begin proof-of-concept demonstrations late next year and a non-intercept flight test in 2018. If it is successful the Missile Defense Agency will conduct and intercept test in 2019, according to Live Science.