The chamber of the U.S. Congress produced a report which analyses the ability of the us missile defense (TMD) system to protect the country from possible attacks. The findings are disappointing: the missile defense system the U.S. is able to reflect only part of the ballistic missiles launched from Iran or North Korea.
«The Agency ABOUT during the test trials have failed to demonstrate that it can protect US from current threats missile defense,» — said in the report. The experts evaluated the state of the system ABOUT: she has demonstrated only «partial protection ability from a small number of conventional ballistic missiles».
According to experts, the development of missile defense system, its modernization, and «eight intercept tests, four of which were successful», the Agency has spent tens of billions of dollars.
It is also indicated that the developers of the system only partially took into account the recommendations of experts, made in 2011. Defects increase the risks for military personnel and force them to work with the system, opportunities and constraints which they understand not fully.
The threat of a missile attack from Iran and North Korea is the main reason for the deployment of U.S. missile defense system in different countries, RBC says. As stated in the report of the accounts chamber of the U.S. Congress, the Ministry of defence of the country insists on increasing one and a half times the number of missile interceptors before the end of 2017, not taking into account production possibilities. Most likely, according to experts, on completion of the complexes ABOUT to be spent «several billion dollars» from the budget of the country.
Recently, the United States against the backdrop of another round of escalation on the Korean Peninsula took a decision to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea. The cost of one missile complex THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System) will amount to about 1.5 trillion South Korean won (1.25 billion dollars). How many of them planned to deliver, not reported. According to U.S.-South Korean status of forces Agreement, South Korean government obliged to provide under the THAAD system is land, electricity and water, and the cost of deploying and managing batteries ABOUT will fall on the United States.
The THAAD system is designed to theatmosphere high altitude intercept missiles, allegedly of small and medium range. Talks with South Korea on their placement in the South of the Korean Peninsula will begin, as previously announced, next week.
Missile defence the US can only partially protect the country from missile attack 18.02.2016