A trap for Russia’s Air Defense Systems – US develops a ‘phantom’ missile

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WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States will develop a ‘phantom missile’ to deceive the Russian air defense systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing News.ru.

The contract for its development, the command of the US Navy aviation systems will conclude with Raytheon. Thanks to this, the Americans will create a false target for enemy air defense.

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The missile will be called Miniature Air Launched Decoy – Navy (MALD-N). The terms and amount of the agreement have not yet been officially disclosed, but it is known that the parties can sign contracts for the release of the first 250 MALD-N systems already in 2021 and 2022.

The MALD system can simulate the flight of a fighter or bomber. Its ability to confuse enemy air defense allows you to use it as a bait, reports URA.RU.

BulgarianMilitary.com has learned also that today Lockheed Martin completed the second test of the tactical hypersonic missile PrSM, successfully hitting the target at a distance of 180 kilometers.

A promising projectile is capable of accelerating to five supersonic speeds.

The Lockheed Martin missile is called the response to the Russian Iskander systems, which are capable of hitting targets at medium distances and have been in service since 2006.

“The developers said that the hit was accurate, but did not disclose specific data. The missile was launched using the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system”, N + 1 reports.

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According to the publication, the first flight tests of PrSM were held in early December 2019. Then the rocket destroyed the target at a distance of 240 kilometers. The declared maximum range of destruction is 499 kilometers.

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