Active Air Defenses Enter Proving Stage In 2020

Stealth aircraft
As the guidance systems of missile threats become too sophisticated for decoys, chaff and flares, the U.S. Air Force plans to respond with hard-kill interceptors and defensive lasers to shoot them down.
Credit: Air Force Research Laboratory
On March 4, 1961, an R-12 Dvina intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Kapustin Yar in southwest Russia and flew east. About 1,300 nm to the west, a V-1000 anti-ballistic missile ascended from the Saryshagan launch complex on an intercept path. At about 80,000 ft. over Kazakhstan, the...
Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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