The US military recently admitted that they cannot withstand the strategic nuclear weapons attacks by Russia and China.
The United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has announced plans to deploy a multi-layered missile defense system. Washington hopes that this system will protect the United States against attacks with the most modern weapons complexes of the enemy.
Detecting problems in the system
When Russia unveiled the latest versions of its nuclear deterrent, such as the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile and the Avangard hypersonic missile system, the Pentagon openly admitted: Moscow had surpassed Washington in the field of hypersonic weapon technology.
The US missile defense system is not even strong enough to partially mitigate the potential damage in the event of a war. MDA believes that in this regard, it is necessary to change the approach.
Currently, in order to protect its territory from attacks by intercontinental ballistic missiles, the US has deployed dozens of bases in Alaska and California to intercept surface-to-surface missiles, in the form of fixed launch tunnels. These bases are responsible for intercepting ballistic missiles in space in mid-orbit.
This system has been put into use by the US since 2005. During testing, the GBMD interceptor system shot down only half of the attack targets. This greatly frustrated the US government, even though it was a very expensive weapon system.
On the most important strategic directions, the US placed three fixed radar stations, with early warning function PAVE PAWS (Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System).
In the mid-2010s, Washington spent $6 billion developing new interceptor missiles in the RKV program. This project also had to be closed in 2019. Because the design of the warhead revealed very serious defects. As a result, the US Missile Defense Agency was almost dissolved.
Shield in the middle of the ocean
The first line of defense are the destroyers Arleigh Burke and cruisers Ticonderoga equipped with Aegis combat information control systems and Standard interceptor missiles. These warships are mainly on duty in the Pacific Ocean, serving as a mobile shield, preventing missiles from China and North Korea. Currently, some of these ships are deployed to the US coast.