Pentagon Prepares For First Hypersonic Shoot-Down Test

SM-3 Block 1B
Upgraded versions of existing interceptors such as the SM-3 Block 1B will form the Defense Department’s initial defense against hypersonic glide vehicles.
Credit: U.S. Navy
In the 62 years since a missile was first used to shoot down another missile, offensive and defensive technologies have continued a steady march of progress. Decoys and maneuvering reentry vehicles are now countered, to some degree, by better sensors and nimbler kill vehicles. Upgraded SM-6 will...

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