posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 04:59 PM
THis is like a Tomahawk from HELL.
The whole point is to hit targets with precision at mach whatever instead of a few hundred miles an hour like the tomahawk.
Missiles like the tomahawk are now extremely prone to shoot down by counter missiles and even anti aircraft guns if spotted on radar. PGS seeks to
alleviate this by ratcheting up the speed of the kill vehicle to a point where intercept is nearly impossible due to a narrow detection to shootdown
_ Basically speaking this missile will already hit it's target by the time you can go from detection to countermissile launch.
And yes we are extremely far behind in hypersonic tech with Russia and India both having workable systems already available to the highest bidders.
With things like the Club K hypersonic cruise missile available on the open market, we definitely need to catch up.