The main target of the S-550 mobile missile defense system, which is currently being developed in Russia, will be the American space-borne unmanned vehicle X-37, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. is informed by ria novosti Citing two sources in the military-industrial complex.
According to the agency’s interlocutor, the S-550 will specialize in the destruction of ballistic and orbital space objects, including nuclear warheads of intercontinental missiles. He stressed that the typical targets of the Russian missile defense system could be called gliding hypersonic units and drones, such as the X-37.
It is noted that in fact the new system will be a modification of the S-500 with a specialization in intercepting ballistic and orbital targets.
Formerly a military commentator TASS Dmitry Litovkin saidthat the Russian S-550 missile defense system is likely to work on the principle of kinetic interception of targets, which would eliminate the formation of “nuclear ash” on the heads of Russian residents when intercepting enemy missiles such as the United States. The author notes that “in the case of the missile defense system in the USSR, the interception of nuclear weapons in the central industrial zone of the country was carried out by a counter-nuclear explosion.” “Everything burned up in the plasma cloud – the decoy decoys and the warheads themselves. Thus, “nuclear ash” still fell on the country. Logically, the S-550 would work according to a different principle – kinetic interception, ”the observer sure Is.