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Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball: Flaming missile that can hit anywhere on Earth in an hour lights up the s 26 Aug 2014 03:20 #1

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Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball: Flaming missile that can hit anywhere on Earth in an hour lights up the s

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
Rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded early Monday after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska
Kodiak photographer Scott Wight watched the launch from Cape Greville in Chiniak
Weapon able to travel at speeds of up to 3,500mph and strike anywhere on Earth in one hour

A top-secret weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said.

The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within an hour - traveling at speeds in excess of 3,500 miles-an-hour or Mach 5.

The mission was aborted to ensure public safety, and no one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after 4 am EDT at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, said Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department.

'We had to terminate,' Schumann said. 'The weapon exploded during takeoff and fell back down in the range complex,' she added.

The incident caused an undetermined amount of damage to the launch facility 25 miles from the city of Kodiak, Schumann said.


Detonation: The moment the weapon exploded is captured by Scott Wight
and shows the horizon from Cape Greville in Chiniak, Alaska


Officials said that the weapon system was not carrying a warhead when it was aborted.

The rocket carrying the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was terminated near a pad of the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island shortly after liftoff, spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said.

After an anomaly was detected, testers made the decision to destroy the rocket to ensure public safety, Schumann said.

"It came back down on the range complex," she said. "Fortunately, no people on the ground were injured. There was damage, but I'm not sure of the extent of it at this time."

The launch complex is about 25 miles from the city of Kodiak.

Witnesses watched the rocket lift off at 12:25 am, quickly head nose-down and explode, KMXT radio reported.

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It looks like the yanks are waving their weaners about to the military whores of governments around the world. :roll:

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Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball: Flaming missile that can hit anywhere on Earth in an hour lights up the s 26 Aug 2014 04:08 #2

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The Yanks must be having small weiner syndrome. The Chinese are developing a system that they hope to get to Mach 8!!

Many MSM sites cover the story. The Washington Post gives a better overview of the actual events than the Fail. Comparing the two you can see how the Fail journo has not sourced info at all and made the story appear to be the journo's own work.

The WP tho contradicts itself by quoting the Pentagon's Schumann who said the rocket malfunctioned turned around to head to earth then exploded - is not clear whether the rockets exploded in flight or the missile itself when it hit the ground - tho both could have occurred.

Schumann is quoted as saying what happened then the official release is worded such that it was a "malfunction" which control detected and then detonated the missile for "public safety".

Sounds like typical military ass cover lies to cover up a failure.


(the 3 stage rocket when launched previously in Hawaii.)

The WP article:

The U.S. Army is in the process of developing something it calls the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon to strike targets anywhere on Earth within hours while reaching speeds of at least Mach 5 — that’s 3,600 mph or greater. But the latest test just ran into a major snag: For reasons yet to be determined, the weapon and the rockets propelling it exploded about four seconds after lifting off early Monday from a missile range in Alaska, Pentagon officials say.

The missile and its three-stage rocket booster system fell back on the Kodiak Launch Complex, a commercial facility on Kodiak Island, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. “Fortunately, no one was injured,” said Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon said in a news release that the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command launched the test flight shortly after 4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The test “was terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety,” the Defense Department said. An extensive investigation will be conducted, defense officials said.

The Pentagon released no images or videos of the test, but the Web site for the radio station KMXT 100.1 FM in Alaska posted a photograph of the explosion that it reported was taken from about 12 miles away. Witnesses told the station that the rocket carrying the weapon lifted off but turned nose down and quickly self-destructed or exploded after hitting the ground.

It marked the second test flight for the program. The first, in November 2011, successfully launched the hypersonic “glide vehicle” about 2,500 miles from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site, an island installation in the Pacific’s Marshall Islands. The glider and rocket system were developed by Sandia National Laboratories.


(artists impression of missile in flight).

The explosion leaves it unclear what’s next for the project. As Breaking Defense noted in March, senior defense officials planned to figure that out if Monday’s test was successful. The hypersonic weapon is part of the larger Prompt Global Strike program, which researches ultra-fast projectiles and was established after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to attack time-sensitive targets that could threaten large numbers of people, according to a Daily Beast report.

The Pentagon continues to spend money on the program. In June, it awarded a $44 million contract to Miltec Corp. in Huntsville, Ala., for research and and development of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon. The work is expected to continue through 2019.

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.

www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/08/25/the-armys-experimental-hypersonic-missile-just-exploded-four-seconds-after-takeoff/
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It seems like saber-rattling to me and flashing big boys toys from one terrorist government to another.

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Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball: Flaming missile that can hit anywhere on Earth in an hour lights up the s 26 Aug 2014 05:14 #4

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And there's also an election cycle around the corner. it won't be that long until the MSM blesses us with wall to wall coverage of the grossly expensive and prolonged circus of the US Presidential race.

Obama spent $1bn on the last election by all accounts.

This project gives chicken feed to defense contractors (Miltec and Lockheed Martin) to keep the project going and hopefully secure a donation to the Democrat election fund!
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Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball: Flaming missile that can hit anywhere on Earth in an hour lights up the s 26 Aug 2014 09:46 #5

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Amateurs, who need more money to make it work. Don't they?
The poor guys in US are not properly financed.

The Russian/indian counterpart doesn't explode at 3000km/h and needs less money. :chuckle:
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Interesting re the Topol. I don't think the western MSM would give that missile any coverage at all!!!!

The Times of India journo appears to have got overly excited with the Topol's speed ... but it easily went as fast as the US version ... and it worked!
Russia's SS-27 Makes Bush's 
Missile Defense A Fantasy

By Charles Assisi 
The Times of India
1-15-6 On November 2, a rather staid little story appeared on a ticker powered by Itar-Tass, a Russian News Agency. The tone was decidedly Russian-matter-of-fact and shorn of all hyperbole. It reported the test launch of a ballistic missile called the Topol RS 12 at 8:10 pm Moscow time.

After taking off from the Kapustny Yar test range in the Astrakhan region, it hit the intended target at Balkhash in Kazakhstan at 8:34-24 minutes later."The advanced Topol missile has three cruise engines and can develop hypersonic speed. The high thrust-to-weight ratio allows the warhead to manoeuvre on the trajectory and pass through a dense air defence system."

At that time, not many defence analysts thought much of the report. After all, Kapustny Yar, located on the banks of the Volga river, 75 miles east of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), had gone to the dogs and was infrequently used. Whenever the base was lucky to see some action, all it witnessed was small payloads.

For anything to travel from Kapustny to Balkash in 24 minutes, it had to fly at a speed of three miles a second. That's 180 miles a minute or 10,800 miles an hour.If the reports were indeed true, the Topol RS 12 or the Topol SS 27, as it is known in military circles around the world, had to be the fastest thing man has ever seen. And if you will for a moment excuse the breathlessness, it also represented the pinnacle of modern missile technology.

Until this test, the fastest thing known to man was the X43 A. A hypersonic, unmanned plane built by NASA. It flew at 10 times the speed of sound-almost 7,200 miles per hour.But the Topol isn't attracting attention for its speed alone.

It has got more to do with the sheer viciousness it demonstrates. A conventional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), once deployed, takes off on the back of a booster. After attaining a certain altitude, it follows a set flight path or trajectory. When it reaches the intended target, it lets loose a set of warheads that home in on the target with devastating accuracy.

Given these dynamics, military establishments build defence systems that can intercept an ICBM before it strikes. Often, the defence works.With the Topol, these dynamics simply don't come into play. To start with, the damn thing can be manoeuvred mid-flight. This makes it practically impossible for any radar system in the world to figure out what trajectory it will follow.The other thing is the kind of evasion technology built into the missile. That makes it invulnerable to any kind of radiation and electromagnetic and physical interference.

Then there is the question of ground-based nuclear warheads traditionally deployed to stop ICBMs in their path. Until now, any ICBM can be taken down by detonating a nuclear warhead from as far as 10 kilometres.

The Topol doesn't blink an eyelid until the time a nuclear warhead gets as close as 500 meters. But given the Topol's remarkable speed and manoeuvrability, getting a warhead that close is practically impossible.That leaves defence establishments with only two options. Target the missile at its most vulnerable points - either when it is on the ground or when it is just being deployed (also known as the boost phase).

Apparently, the Russians have gotten around that problem, too. Unlike virtually every ICBM that exists on some military base or the other, the Topol doesn't have to be on a static base. All it needs is the back of a truck. And trucks can be driven anywhere, anytime. That makes it practically impossible for any country to monitor how many of these missiles have been deployed and where.

Writes Scott Ritter, a former intelligence officer and weapons inspector in the Soviet Union and Iraq in the Christian Science Monitor:

"The Bush administration's dream of a viable NMD has been rendered fantasy by the Russian test of the SS-27 Topol-M.. To counter the SS-27 threat, the US will need to start from scratch."

But when you're done marvelling at the technology, sit back for a moment and consider this. You thought the cold war was over. You thought wrong. Cold War II has just begun. And the world just became a more dangerous place.

The Topol SS 27 can be manoeuvred mid-flight. this makes it impossible for radar systems to figure out its flight path. It is invulnerable to radiation and electromagnetic and physical interference.It can be mounted on the back of a truck, which makes it difficult to monitor how many of these missiles have been deployed and where.

We have the West gathering behind The Great Satan to bomb Iran for doing what it has every right under international law to do. Then we have Russia showing off the fastest missile ever made 180 miles a minute or 10,800 miles an hour. This is no accident or misprint. What we have here is a very clear message written in the universal language of "Threat".

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Having read an article by Charles Assisi of The Times of India titled "Russia's SS-27 Makes Bush's Missile Defense A Fantasy" posted on your site, I decided to test the numbers myself as it seemed the speeds of the missile mentioned were quite fantastic.

I looked up Astrakhan and Kazakhstan in my concise World atlas. Assuming that the location of the Kapustny Yar test range mentioned is correct, "...located on the banks of the Volga  river, 75 miles east of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad)..." and that the target at Balkhash was somewhere in proximity to Lake Balkhash (Balchas) and/or the Balkhash township in Kazakhstan my estimation is that this is a distance of approx. 2400kms (about 1600 miles).

The missile apparently covered this distance in 24 minutes. I calculate the speed of the missile was therefore about 100kms/minute (about 67miles/minute or 1.12miles/sec) or 6000kmh (about 4000mph). This is roughly Mach 4 or Mach 5 and NOT the 10,800 mph Mach 10 mentioned in the article. Would you not agree?
source: Times of India and Rense.com
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Right, Topol is also hypersonic, but old, they have already new generation of this which is evading interceptor missiles and has MIRV.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-24_Yars

I was more talking about the cheaper cruise missile variant, which is smaller, almost as fast, launched from sub, surface or air, already deployed. Its roughly 3 times faster than US tomahawk cruise missile, based on Russian ship killer missile Onyx.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrahMos

Btw, according to the news report, shouldn't the failed US missile have produced a spiral, like they claimed the russian one did over Norway when Obama received Nobel price? ;) :hahano:

Russian missiles are usually superior to the western ones in terms of range and speed.
It provides an alternative to Global Positioning System (GPS) and is the only alternative navigational system in operation with global coverage and of comparable precision.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GLONASS
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You're a champ Oracle. Thanks for the information. :thumbup:
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