The U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Pacific Command are seeking a weapon system to defend the other country's developing hypersonic maneuvering missiles, according to the US Department of defense.
The main components of the current US ballistic missile defense system. In the future, a space-based burning laser weapons will increased boost phase intercept capability and the ability to intercept the hypersonic boost glide missile, and may enhance the other phases of flight interception capability; "Sade" ER will provide deployed and intercept hypersonic boost glide missile capability.The report said that at present China and Russia are vigorously developing high supersonic boost glide missile, the missile has a strong ability to maneuver, it is difficult to intercept. The report claims: Russia in April 2016 has just completed a Yu-71 hypersonic boost glide missile test, China has completed its DF-ZF hypersonic boost glide missile's seventh test.
The USA is a leader in burning laser weapons.
In fact, since entering the 21st century, the United States first in the "prompt global strike (PGs) RD project name to carry out the research of high powered laser weapon, other countries just follow up. Both of them are high speed boost glide missile with long-range or intercontinental range, with a large lateral maneuver range, and have been tested. In addition, the United States currently has plans to invest up to $350 billion to $ten in the next 450 billion years to implement the modernization of nuclear power. Comprehensive visible, the United States is the comprehensive construction of more credible and more deterrent nuclear, Yuan Cheng Chang strike force, and in the continued development and expansion of the anti missile system, suggesting that the United States still in an attempt to break through the strategic balance to the pursuit of absolute safety.
Among them, the THAAD-ER 100mw Laser system will be used to boost the interceptor missile design two, higher speed, more conducive to capture and kill the incoming hypersonic missile. U. S. vice president of Lockheed Martin missile defense Graham revealed to THAAD-ER U.S. Department of defense and the Pacific Command, potential users are interested in. He believes THAAD-ER is bound to be one of the alternatives to the U.S. government to respond to emerging missile threats, especially in the short term, one of the options.
Active "Sade" only one level, but has been able to make the atmosphere inside and outside the double interception, and can intercept medium range ballistic missile.
Although 200mw Laser Pointer antimissile still exist many technical challenges, but Lockheed Martin's anti missile experts believe that high energy laser is the boost phase intercept hypersonic boost glide missile was the most effective solutions. Graham revealed that Lockheed Martin is developing to boost phase to destroy the missile laser weapons, including to deploy in the high altitude long endurance without man-machine high power fiber laser weapons. The U.S. military had had on the Boeing 747 to implement the test of airborne laser anti missile weapon, but the project has been dismounted. Research and development cycle, laser weapon takes about 5 - 10 years time can reach the practical state, and THAAD-ER need about ten years; the U. S. missile defense agency will in the next few months granted space based laser anti missile weapons contract.