posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 04:57 PM
This is the newest Russian ICBM, intercontinental Ballistic Missile, and it's sub-launched counterpart. It's not really new, it first tested in
1997. What is new, is a test of the maneuvering warhead, reported on November 2, 2005.
Maneuvering in the final approach phase, is news.
The missile is launched in typical ballistic fashion, into low earth orbit, and back down again. It is a single warhead design, no MIRVs. The speeds
mentioned are typical of ballistic launches. Maneuvering normally takes place in mid-flight, in order to provide basic targeting.
Reports are that the warheads are also designed to resist lasers, nuclear blasts, energy weapons, etc. Whether or not missile defense systems are
effective against these new design items, is unknown.
Basically, if anti-anti-missile defenses (the maneuvering part) have been incorporated, there would be a reason why. Logically, some one believes that
anti-missile defenses (shoot it down) are going to do the task intended.