US will have a new intercontinental ballistic missile and it will be made in Utah
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States will have a new intercontinental missile and it will be made in Utah on the site of the American company Northrup Gruman, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The contract is worth nearly $ 13 billion. and was won by Northurp Gruman, after refusing another form of tender, namely Boeing.
The idea for a new US intercontinental missile came from the country’s navy, and the tender for the development of this type of missile was announced in 2010. Northrup Gruman and Boeing had remained the two finalists in 2017, but at the last minute the Chicago-based Illinois company decided to withdraw. The American media claim that Boeing’s withdrawal from the project is due to dissatisfaction on the part of the company with the conditions of the final part of the auction.
Logically, Northrup Gruman, as the last bidder and did not express any disagreement, won the tender. Thus, in the coming years, the new intercontinental ballistic missile will be developed and tested, which will be a real ground-based deterrent and aims to replace the obsolete Minuteman III.
The project also involved American companies Aerojet Rocketdyne, Bechtel, Clark Construction, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics, HDT Global, Honeywell, Kratos Defense, L3 Harris, Lockheed Martin and Textron Systems.
As already mentioned, Utah will host the production and testing of the new American missile. additional information regarding the terms of the agreement has been kept secret and has not been disclosed, and this may happen in the coming years, at one stage in the development and development of the intercontinental ballistic missile.
What is known so far is that this missile should use Mk.12A and Mk.21 warheads, which means that several W78 and W87 nuclear warheads will be able to be placed. The capacity of the W78 is 350 kilotons, the W87 – 300 kilotons.
Also, according to information from some American media, a very serious modernization of the control systems, which are currently used for the current intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III, is forthcoming. Apparently, this missile will serve as a basis for the development of a new ground deterrent.
According to the official information from the tender, the new intercontinental ballistic missile should enter service in the late 1920s (2029) and remain in military service at least until 2075.
The new American missile will be a response to Russia’s Sarmat intercontinental missile
The United States is lagging behind in the development of hypersonic missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The fact is, in recent years Russia has significantly increased its potential in this area.
Moscow currently has two hypersonic missiles, which are Dagger (designed to launch from the air) and Zircon (designed to launch from the ground and water).
At the same time, Russia’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile is the Sarmatian, and it has unique characteristics so far. The rocket is moving at a speed of 25,500 km / h. and hits a target at a distance of 18,000 km. It is launched from the mobile hypersonic linear platform Avangrad.
Sarmat is one of the reasons why the United States is developing its own version of a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
Russia is ready to demonstrate its Sarmat ballistic missile to the US (video)
Russia has showed the US representatives the Avangard deense system live, and Sarmat ballistic missile, as we reported on December 23 last year [2019 – ed.]
“We have already told the Americans (this discussion took place within the framework of the bilateral advisory commission created by the START-3 Treaty) that our new systems, including hypersonic weapons, were presented. We presume that the Avangard and Sarmat systems are covered by the contract,” the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said then.
He added that Russia is ready to embed the aforementioned weapons and systems into START-3 if it is extended. He noted that other arms systems are not covered by the START Treaty, Russia is ready to conduct a separate discussion on them. Recall that in November Russia demonstrated to the United States the Avangard missile system with a hypersonic unit.
What RS-26 Sarmat is?
The RS-28 Sarmat with NATO reporting name: SS-X-29 is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, heavy thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), under development by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau since 2009. It is intended to replace the R-36M ICBM (SS-18 ‘Satan’) in Russia’s arsenal.
The Sarmat is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018.
The RS-28 Sarmat will be capable to carry about 10 tonnes of payload for either up to 10 heavy or 15 light MIRV warheads, up to 3 Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles (HGVs) or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat anti-missile systems. The Russian ministry of Defense said that the missile is Russia’s response to the U.S. Prompt Global Strike system.
Sarmat has a short boost phase, which shortens the interval when it can be tracked by satellites with infrared sensors, such as the U.S. Space-Based Infrared System, making it more difficult to intercept.
It is speculated that the Sarmat could fly a trajectory over the South Pole, completely immune to any current missile defense system, and that it has the Fractional Orbital Bombardment (FOBS) capability.
According to various sources, RS-28’s launch sites are to be equipped with the “Mozyr” active protection system, designed to negate potential adversary’s first strike advantage by kinetically destroying incoming bombs, cruise missiles and ICBM warheads at altitudes of up to 6 km.
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