30 May '12, 9am

STRATEGIC WEAPONS: The Princes Of Paranoia Persist

May 30, 2012: Russia revealed it had recently successfully tested a new ICBM warhead design. This was a MIRV (Multiple, Independent Reentry Vehicles) "bus" (topmost stage of an ICBM) where each of the multiple warheads carried has its own guidance system. The Russians have been known to be working on new MIRV designs where the individual warheads can maneuver as they are entering the atmosphere, so they have a better chance evading anti-missile missiles. Not a lot of detail has been released about this. Last October Russia admitted that a test of Topol M (RS-12/24 series) ICBM, carrying new countermeasures, failed. The new countermeasures were meant to defeat anti-missile missiles and were part of the same technology that recently succeeded. Russia has been spending a lot of time and money on "penetration aids" since the end of the Cold War (1991). Russian leaders have bec...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/hticbm/articles/20120530...

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