Threats to the United States are evolving on a daily basis and the era is getting considerably extra complicated.
A brand new missile in construction that was once not too long ago examined in rural New Mexico takes the era of THAAD (Thermal High Altitude Area Defense), which will knock an intercontinental ballistic missile out of the sky, and places it into a 5 pound, two-and-a-half foot projectile.
“It’s a very advanced technology, very complicated rocket science. It’s like hitting a bullet with a bullet,” stated Michaela Dodge, a missile protection specialist for the Heritage Foundation. “But we can do it and it’s great news for us.”
The device is known as the Miniature Hit to Kill Missile (MHTK), and it’s being advanced by way of Lockheed Martin. The missile travels two times as rapid as sound because it hones in on incoming threats and destroys them with kinetic power. It goals the incoming projectile the use of a radar device, and regularly adjusts its path in flight.
“We’re making body-to-body contact,” stated Chris Murphy, Lockheed Martin’s head of commercial construction for the MHTK. “Instead of getting close to it and making a big explosion, what we do is actually, the nose of our missile hits the part of the incoming round that we want to hit.”
When the MHTK makes have an effect on with the incoming spherical, it reasons the danger to blow up.
But in contrast to THAAD, which will spoil missiles sporting nuclear warheads, the MHTK is designed to spoil mortars, rockets, artillery and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
“The US Army and international customers have made it clear today’s global security environment demands agile, close-range solutions,” stated Tim Cahill, vp of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The MHTK is designed for protection, and Murphy stated received’t be used to take out enemy goals.
“The idea is to provide protection from a large area from a launcher or two launchers that can reach out and defeat the incoming rounds before they get anywhere close to our soldiers,” he defined.
Murphy identified that a mortar the dimensions of a two-liter bottle of soda can injure or kill a soldier if it hits inside of 100 yards.
“The entire missile stays together, and the entire missile is what delivers the lethality or the impact to the incoming round,” he stated.
Lockheed Martin hopes the missile will compete for a executive contract to be built-in into a better missile protection device. The MHTK does now not but have a value.