Last November, Russian president Vladimir Putin promised a warhead that according to analysts would be “capable of defeating any space-based defense system.” In a recent flight test of a new warhead, Putin delivered on that promise with new technology that allows the warhead to change course during flight. From the Washington Times:
The missile booster fired for a shorter-than-usual duration in placing the dummy warhead and re-entry vehicle into space. The warhead then dropped down to a lower trajectory and was able to maneuver.
Kremlin officials were quoted in Russian press reports as saying the new warhead was designed to thwart the new U.S. missile-defense system of interceptors deployed in Alaska and California.
The U.S. missile defense shield has been under scrutiny in the past for budget overruns and failure to hit even non-maneuvering target missiles. However, the recent news indicates that the whole endeavor may have been for naught — as the Russian response may spark a new anti-missile arms race.
The estimated cost of running the defense program was last fingered at $830 million per month.
Previously on Hammer of Truth:
Missile Defense Test Fails . . . Again
Pentagon: These Missiles were made for Launching…
Missile Defense Test Thwarted by… Clouds?
Russia: Putin Hedging Bets with New Nuke Program