6 December 2016
US developing toaster-sized weapon that can wipe out enemy’s nuclear missiles from space
The defensive weapon would be able to zero in on enemy nukes and destroy them, with debris burning up in the Earth's atmosphere
By Laura Burnip
The Sun


A GAME-CHANGING weapon the size of a toaster which could destroy several nuclear missiles simultaneously from space is now under development.

The US military is working on a new Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, which would be able to zero in on an object and destroy it.

The game-changing new weapon would be able to destroy several missiles at once from space in the event of a nuclear attack

The technology is being developed as part of a “robust missile defence system” in response to countries including China, Russia and Iran developing long-range missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle) or decoys.

“Both China and Russia possess the MIRV capability for their ballistic missiles,” wrote independent consultant Debalina Ghoshal.

“In 2014, reports confirmed that Iran too had developed Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRVs) for their ballistic missiles.

The high-tech weapon would be the size of a toaster and use kinetic force alone to destroy enemy nukes

“Cold War literature suggests that MIRVs are first strike weapons and could be strategically destabilising.

“The United States realises these threats and is working towards a robust missile defense system.”

Last year, the US Missile Defense Agency awarded contracts to Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing to begin designing the MOKV, which could destroy several objects with a single launch.

“Ten years ago, we had a single kill vehicle on a single interceptor. Kill vehicles today are the size of a toaster. This MOKV program is the latest iteration,” John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, told Seeker.

Raytheon’s plan, which is scheduled for a concept review this month, is to load multiple MOKVs onto a single missile for launch.

Each MOKV would be fitted with sensors, a steering and propulsion system and communications equipment allowing them to zero in on an individual target and hit it, destroying the object by sheer kinetic forces.

The impacts would take place beyond Earth’s atmosphere, but the resulting cloud of debris would go back into the atmosphere and burn up, Pike said.

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