On January 17, speaking at the Pentagon, US President Donald Trump announced his administration's missile defense strategy.
The strategy involves a number of new ideas - in particular, equipping the F-35 with ballistic missile destruction, the use of laser drones and space interceptors. By the way, the plans to create space interceptors first became known back in the 80s under President Ronald Reagan.
It is worth clarifying, however: the Pentagon is now unable to repel a massive nuclear attack. It is only about the strategy of mutual assured destruction.
The rogue countries - North Korea and Iran, and besides them - Russia and China - are considered as potential "aggressors" ready to unleash their strategic missiles on the United States. To repel a limited missile strike, the United States plans to increase the number of naval missile defense ships by 2023 from 33 to 60.
The report informs about the upcoming tests of the Block IIA short and medium-range ballistic missile interceptor, which are due to take place in 2020. It is also planned to strengthen the grouping of GMD anti-missile systems designed to destroy warheads in space, increasing it from 40 to 60 complexes by 2023.
One of the promising concepts is the use of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to destroy missiles at the initial stage of their flight. The fighter is equipped with a sensor system capable of detecting infrared radiation from a missile, and an on-board computer to determine its coordinates.