US BOOSTS 'GLIDE BREAKER' PROGRAM TO SHOOT DOWN PUTIN'S "INVINCIBLE" HYPERSONIC MISSILES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US BOOSTS 'GLIDE BREAKER' PROGRAM TO SHOOT DOWN PUTIN'S "INVINCIBLE" HYPERSONIC MISSILES

But after over the past two years both Russia and China have hyped their own advancing programs (Putin has touted that his Avangard hypersonic missile as “invincible”), which many analysts believe could be further along than the US program, the more pressing worry is how to defend against the nearly impossible to stop high-tech weapon. Hypersonic missiles, such as the kind Russia has lately tested, “are hard to stop, they can maneuver, they’re unpredictable” and “hard to detect” so “you don’t have a lot of time” to respond — Mike White, the Defense Department’s assistant director for hypersonics was quoted this week as saying.

Toward this end, the Pentagon is pursuing experimental interceptor technology designed to take out possible incoming hypersonics.

Artist’s concept of a hypersonic vehicle. DARPA Image.
The military analysis site Defense One explains of the developing program, still in its infancy:

On Tuesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced that it had awarded $13 million to defense contractor Northrop Grumman for its Glide Breaker program, an experimental effort to develop interceptors to take out highly advanced and highly maneuverable hypersonic missiles.

Details of the nascent Glide Breaker program remain classified, and it’s as yet likely not far along, though we profiled the new program in 2018.

DARPA indicated that it “Intends to advance the United States’ (U.S.) means to counter hypersonic vehicles” by developing “enabling an advanced interceptor capable of engaging maneuvering hypersonic threats in the upper atmosphere.”

Illustrating the problem that enemy hypersonics poses for US homeland defense, former Vice Chief of Staff Paul Selva explained while addressing a Strategic Deterrent Coalition conference last year:

If you’re going Mach 13 at the very northern edge of Hudson Bay, you have enough residual velocity to hit all 48 of the continental United States and all of Alaska. You can choose [to] point it left or right, and hit Maine or Alaska, or you can hit San Diego or Key West. That’s a monstrous problem

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bigger question which needs to be both asked, and intelligently answered by both the US military, and the US military/industrial complex is, why does it appear that the US weapons programs so perpetually behind the proverbial 8-ball, compared to those of Russia and China?!?

Why are they spending less, and getting better results, more quickly, than are American weapons programs.?!?

I think every taxpayer in this country, should have the right to know the answers to those questions.

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