Russia starts developing defenses against hypersonic missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to develop a new multipurpose long-range interception missile system which will even be capable of intercepting hypersonic weapons, Izvestia reports, citing sources in the ministry.

The news agency writes that, at the military department’s request, theoretical work has already been done on a super long-range air-to-air missile with a splitting warhead, and work is currently underway to determine the characteristics and composition of the prospective system. One of the candidates that is being considered is the future intermediate-range K-77M aircraft missile (as a warhead).

The plan is for an aircraft to fire a long-range “special munition” with several air-to-air missiles in the direction of the target. At a certain point, the munition will launch the separate missiles, which will then approach and attack the target, even if it is hypersonic. The use of several missiles, instead one, is designed to improve the likelihood of destroying the target. The super long range of the munitions will enlarge the weapon’s effective lethal range.

According to the available information, Russia is likely to use MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft to carry the new missile system. At a later stage, these will replaced by the future MiG-41 or other fighters.

At present, the project could seem far-fetched or lacking in prospects. However, Russia already has hypersonic weapons, and other countries will acquire them soon. The Russian mass media seems confident that, since Russia was capable of developing a hypersonic weapon, it will also able to develop protection against such weapons, although this may not take the currently envisaged form.

(c) UAWire

7 comments

  • “At present, the project could seem far-fetched or lacking in prospects. ”

    I would say everything Muscovy claim is far-fetched. Has anyone seen these invincible weapons working? If they are so good I’m sure Putin would be inviting every Western leader he could to see them in action.

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  • Intention and successful accomplishment are two different things that don’t necessarily go together. But, mafia land is welcome to shell out tens or hundreds of millions for this pipedream.

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  • We are way ahead of you Vlad.
    The real game changer here is going to be directed energy weapons.could really undermine it is directed-energy weapons.

    High-energy lasers and particle-beam weapons would be far more effective than the ground-launched missiles employed in today’s ABM systems. They would function at light speed, they would have absolutely flat trajectories (which allows precise targeting) and they would be able to switch almost instantaneously from one target to the next.

    In theory, therefore, directed-energy weapons would make effective defense possible against any nuclear attack using missiles, whether they are ICBMs, cruise missiles or hypersonic gliders.
    The United States has been developing these weapons since the early 80s…… but you will not hear us bragging of them.

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  • I got banned from Eurosport Germany for a compliment to a sexy referee. LMAO!

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