Friday, February 20, 2004

Wired News: Russia Tests New Wonder Weapon

"MOSCOW -- Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic anti-Star Wars weapon capable of penetrating any prospective missile shield, a senior general said Thursday.

The prototype weapon proved it could maneuver so quickly as to make "any missile defense useless," Col.-Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, told a news conference..."
This is interesting, I wonder if it came out in response to the news reports that their missile testing the previous day had gone so wrong... Russians Fail for Second Day in Missile Test By STEVEN LEE MYERS, NY Times, February 19, 2004
"MOSCOW, Feb. 18 — President Vladimir V. Putin oversaw one of Russia's largest strategic military exercises in years for a second day on Wednesday, and, for a second day, something went wrong.

An intercontinental ballistic missile fired from the nuclear submarine Karelia in the Barents Sea veered wildly off course 98 seconds after the launching and self-destructed, a navy spokesman, Capt. Igor V. Dygalo, said. The cause of the malfunction, he said, would be investigated..."

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