What means Russia has to deal with the U.S. Prompt Global Strike?

Russian politicians at the highest level have recently expressed concern about the U.S. program Prompt Global Strike. What does this concept means and what Russia has to counter this threat with its deterrent systems?

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The issue seems so important for Russian politicians and the president himself commander Vladimir Putin discussed it in his annual address to the Federal Assembly (legislative body) saying: “The strategic missile conventional cargo, hypersonic systems do not accurately nuclear intended to launch quick attacks over long distances “causing great concern to the Russian authorities.

The Russian political goal Vzgliad analyzes what this concept and how Russia has weapons to neutralize this threat to its strategic forces.

Prompt Global Strike

Pentagon is an initiative to develop nuclear weapons with no ammunition but intercontinental range capability to launch an attack against accuracy anywhere in the world within an hour after receiving the order to attack.

Although Washington has denied that Russia is one of the objectives of these missiles, the potential threat of a lightning attack requires analysis.

The Russian military command are sure that these means could be used in military attacks against “undesirable” regimes for Washington, including those who have a strong air defense. Given enough of these munitions and their delivery, Russia would also be included, although this case is quite complex.

These systems can be launched using ballistic missiles or guided conventional cargo. They can also be hypersonic cruise missiles launched from bombers.

Why fear the Russian military command should be?

A warhead capable of performing maneuvers during flight obviates any defense system. Meanwhile, a hypersonic missile could reach its target 5-6 times faster than a missile subsonic Tomahawk cruise missiles or Russian in the same class X-55MS, X-101, X-102 and 3M14 Kalibr.

U.S. Projects within the Prompt Global Strike program

U.S. has two major projects in the area of ​​’maneuverable’ warheads. The first was the joint work of DARPA (Projects Agency Defense Advanced Research) and the Air Force: the Falcon HTV-2 (short for ‘Force application and launch from the continental United States’), ie the proposed launch of the continental United States.

The first tests of the ‘technology demonstrator’ of this system totally failed in April 2010. The device was accelerated to the phenomenal speed of Mach 20 to ‘self-destruct’ nine minutes after launch. The second test was conducted in August 2011 and had a similar result. Given the growing criticism of the program by the military, Congress and the media, in July 2013, after two years of silence, DARPA announced the third test would not be conducted.

The second candidate to be the American response to the Russian strategic missile Topol class or Yars, guided path, is the “Advanced Hypersonic Weapon ‘program (AHW, Advanced Hypersonic Weapon). This project is considered less risky and costly than the Falcon HTV-2 and is not monitored by the Air Force, but the Army.

The AHW is also a warhead capable of planning and maneuvering.

Just took out a system test, and was described as “a success”. In November 2011, the missile hit START device called ‘HGB’, a kind of mimic the shape of the future warhead, which traveled 3,000 miles at speeds of 5-8 Mach. But since then no new trials have been conducted not know if you will be making.

The second way to develop weapons within the Prompt Global Strike initiative is an attempt to create hypersonic cruise missiles. U.S. Successes in this area are more visible. Since 2003, the DARPA program pushed through SED-WR (‘Scramjet Engine Demonstrator-Wave Rider’) to develop a prototype demonstration of the hypersonic cruise missile.

The demonstrator cruise missile medium range, the X-51A Waverider successfully conducted the first test in May 2010, to be launched from a B-52H heavy bomber.

The Russian response

The development of guided tours for strategic missile warheads, started before the demise of the USSR, was discontinued in the 2000s, being tested on strategic missiles (as carriers) K65M-R and Topol-E, as well as other missiles so that Russia already has such warheads that have been tested. According to some reports, these warheads are armed and advanced Yars intercontinental missiles. Except for one difference: Russian nuclear warheads carry a load, and according to some Russian military experts, are also equipped with systems that allow them to overcome antimiles U.S. defense.

Currently underway in Russia is developing hypersonic missile heavy Zircon. Little is known about him, except that this weapon is designed for installation in multifunctional submarines and surface ships. His speed and other characteristics have not yet been released.

Media projects against similar attacks are also developed. In particular, the requirements set out by the Ministry of Defense for the development of anti-aircraft missile system S-500 indicate that addition of intercontinental ballistic missiles and other ‘aero’ targets, including cruise missiles and low-orbit satellites, the system S -500 should be able to abate hypersonic targets.

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