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Hypersonic missile defence ‘difficult but tractable’, says CSIS

8th February 2022 - 11:35 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Graphic of hypersonics in action. (Image: NASA, Keith Henry Archives)

At the current pace, the US may not field a glide-phase interceptor until the 2030s, but a new report from the CSIS indicates that this could be accelerated.

A new report from the US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) states that just as hypersonic weapons do not ‘follow predictable trajectories’, the US cannot afford to be predictable in how it responds to the threats these new weapons present.

The 'Complex Air Defense: Countering the Hypersonic Missile Threat' report described defending against hypersonic weapons as a ‘difficult but tractable problem’, adding that addressing the threats they pose should be a key driver in how the US rethinks missile defence and transforms its legacy ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

The report argued that hypersonic defence ‘might be better understood’ as a

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