World Don't believe the hype about Russia's hypersonic missile

01:55  19 june  2017
01:55  19 june  2017 Source:   Popular Science

Pentagon chief declares North Korea the new top threat to U.S. security

  Pentagon chief declares North Korea the new top threat to U.S. security The statement comes five months after Jim Mattis identified Russia as first among threats facing the United States. The change comes as Pyongyang moves forward with what the United States calls an unprecedented number of tests on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and as the Trump administration’s connections to Russia are scrutinized by the FBI.Subscribe to the Post’s Today's Headlines newsletter: All the top stories of the day - local, national and global.“North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them has increased in pace and scope,” Mattis said.

Russia tested a hypersonic missile but we don ' t know enough to know if it' s scary yet. If the missile can work with a low trajectory, and then hurl itself into a ship with a sudden and unpredictable maneuver at the end of its flight, it’ s as deadly as the hype suggests.

Tsirkon: Russia ’ s hypersonic missile 5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. According to the official information, the space plane was developed to deliver satellites to orbit, however, military experts are skeptical of that explanation and believe the plane’s main purpose is military.

In foreground, Russian Kirov Class battlecruiser 'Pyotr Velikiy', with HMS Dragon in background© Royal Navy, via Wikimedia Commons In foreground, Russian Kirov Class battlecruiser 'Pyotr Velikiy', with HMS Dragon in background

Russia's Pyotr Velikiy battlecruiser is the kind of ship that may someday carry Zircon missiles.

Every missile is a carefully packaged bad day traveling at high speeds. Hypersonic missiles are a modern development in the long-running military arms race to figure out just how certain that bad end is for the humans on the receiving end. Russia’s Zircon missile could enter arsenals as early as 2018. Despite headlines to the contrary, not enough about the missile is known yet to definitely claim that it poses an uncounterable threats ships in the sea.

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets

  Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month. "Based on credible information, the missile operation against Daesh has been successful," Revolutionary Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said on the elite force's Sepahnews website, using an Arabic acronym for IS.The Guards fired six missiles from the west of Iran across the border and into Syria's mostly IS-held Deir Ezzor province, targeting an IS command base, they said earlier.

Cruise missiles that can be maneuvered at speeds beyond Mach 5 are being tested.

Russia claims to have created a devastating hypersonic missile that travels five times faster than the speed of sound and could rip through navy warship defences because it’ s too fast to stop. But over- hyped .

Sputnik, a news organization owned by the Russian government, boasted of the missile’s prowess, noting “Britain’s carrier strike groups would have to stay clear of the Zircons’ reach and their onboard aircraft would not have enough fuel to cover the distance.”

A missile that threatens aircraft carriers is a cheap way for to stop a deadly threat, but it’s a clearly known threat. For years, military planners have grouped carriers with other ships armed with missile defense systems, using their own radars and interceptor missiles to protect the massive carriers from existing missiles. What makes hypersonic cruise missiles a potent threat isn’t just the speed, though that’s part of it.

Speed is an enabler, not an end it itself. It’s what the missiles do with the speed.

Australia suspends air strikes in Syria: government

  Australia suspends air strikes in Syria: government Australia said on Tuesday it was suspending air strikes into Syria following the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday and Russia's subsequent threat against U.S.-led coalition aircraft. "As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased," Australia's Department of Defence said in a statement.Russia said on Monday it would treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

HYPERSONIC cruise missiles developed by Russia could destroy the Royal Navy’ s new aircraft carriers in a single strike, experts fear. Deadly Zircon missiles can travel up to SIX times the speed of sound at 4,600 mph and reportedly more than 600 miles.

According to multiple reports, Russia is expected to begin production soon of its 3M22 Zircon, a hypersonic missile that will travel 4,600 miles per hour — five times the speed of sound — and will have a range of 250 miles.

“I think the question about Zircon is characteristics like how detectable is it at long distances,” said James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “how rapidly can it maneuver in the terminal phase. Those are more interesting questions than just raw speed.”

In part, speed alone isn’t enough because existing missile defenses are built to tackle much faster weapons.

“It’s really fast for a cruise missile, but it’s not particularly fast when you start thinking about ballistic missiles,” said David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Missile defenses aimed at intercepting ICBMs are only starting to have some success against practice targets. Against smaller ballistic missiles, there are PATRIOT anti-missile missiles, used by many NATO nations including the United States. PATRIOT missiles travel at a speed of roughly Mach 4, which is more than fast enough to blow up existing cruise missiles and aircraft, and which have had some mixed success in testing at stopping ballistic missiles on predictable paths.

Japan missile defense drill aims to ease concern over North Korean threat

  Japan missile defense drill aims to ease concern over North Korean threat <p>Japan opened a missile defense drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North Korea.</p>Japan opened a missile defense drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North Korea.

Russia is also actively developing other hypersonic systems, such as BrahMos, a short-range ramjet missile based on the P-800 Onyx. Traveling at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3, it’s widely believed to be the world's fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation. READ MORE: Russia ' s nuclear hunter of

Russia is believed to have recently tested its 'Object 4202' hypersonic rocket, and the Us Air Firce has tested its 'WaveRider' hypersonic craft. And, Chinese J-16 strike fighter test-fired the giant missile earlier this month, successfully destroying the target drone at a very long range.

Interception comes from speed plus detection. Ballistic missiles are fast: at its fastest, the Minuteman III ICBM goes Mach 20, or between three and four times faster than the Zircon’s expected speed. Yet ballistic missiles also follow pretty clear trajectories: first up, then down, all in the open sky, where radar and satellites can easily track the entire flight.

“Another way to avoid radar, at least to some extent, is by flying very very close to the ground. think flight profile is important for difficulty of detection,” said Acton. “Even if you can detect something, you may not be able to intercept something if it can do evasive maneuvers. If you have a missile that is capable of literally dodging the interceptors, even if it’s detectable it could still not be intercepted.”

How the Zircon flies will ultimately reveal much more about the missile’s power than simply understand its speed. If the missile can work with a low trajectory, and then hurl itself into a ship with a sudden and unpredictable maneuver at the end of its flight, it’s as deadly as the hype suggests. If it can’t, then it’s possible that existing missile defenses are adequate for the task, though it’s unlikely that researchers or military planners would leave it at that. Because this is unknown information, it’s far to early to argue decisively either way that the Zircon missile either doesn or doesn’t give Russia a massive advantage in naval combat.

“I am in no way dismissive of Zircon and the fact that it could pose a threat to U.S. ships,” said Acton. “However, just because it flies fast, the speed at which it flies is not the only relevant factor. Media reports that go this is flying at mach 6, it must be unstoppable, is actually quite ignorant speculation.”

Russia's Nuclear Submarine Tests Missile Fire in Arctic .
The Arctic is a priority zone for the Russian Navy's current expansion and modernization strategy.The nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky launched a Bulava missile in northwest Russia, finding a target on the other side of the country, in a training course in Kamchatka Monday. The hit marked a rare success and a sign of further progress, as the Bulava missile project has had a troubled first decade since its start in 2004. The last launch took place in September, when the second of two rounds of missiles did not complete the full launch cycle, self-detonating before hitting the target.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!