The Pentagon plans to place promising & nbsp; Dark Eagle hypersonic missiles (Dark Eagle), which are able to fly to Moscow in 21 minutes. The decision came amid growing Pentagon concerns that Russia has succeeded in developing long-range missiles.
Earlier in western Germany on November 8, the 56th Artillery Command of the US Army was restored. This association in the period from 1963 to 1991 was responsible for the medium-range nuclear missiles MGM-31C Pershing II and ceased to exist after & nbsp; the signing of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) by the United States and the USSR.
According to experts, the decision has not yet been finally made, since such a placement requires a lot of preparatory work, including political & ndash; coordination with the German government. It will also require the creation of expensive infrastructure for the deployment of missile systems, which will result in significant costs and can take many years.
According to the Pentagon's idea, the new weapons, which are planned to be deployed in Germany, will at a new technological level solve approximately the same tasks as the decommissioned medium-range missiles during the Cold War. It will be based on the promising American medium and short-range ground-based mobile complex Typhon, which is capable of launching missiles of different classes from one installation. It is known that the complex will be able to use two types of missiles – the Raytheon Tomahawk subsonic cruise missile and the Raytheon Standard SM-6 multipurpose supersonic missile, which will be used to engage ground and surface targets.
It is planned that in the future the main armament & nbsp; for Typhon will be & nbsp; Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) hypersonic missile, dubbed the Dark Eagle. This missile system is a ground-based medium-range ballistic missile AUR (All-Up-Round), equipped with a universal guided maneuverable hypersonic warhead Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB), performed by Block 1. The declared missile range is 2775 kilometers. The designers claim that it is almost impossible to defend against the Dark Eagle flying at a speed of Mach 5, and this will allow making lightning strikes, overcoming any existing and future missile defense system. Other characteristics of this ammunition are not reported.
It is planned that these missiles will be able to effectively destroy headquarters, air defense facilities, as well as ships of a potential enemy. The Dark Eagle hypersonic system will include a battery of four mobile launchers and a mobile command and control system. Each launcher will receive two missiles.
This weapon is currently in the testing stage. In 2020, the US Army first showed the launch, flight, and engagement of a Dark Eagle missile. The transition from the development of a prototype to the implementation of the project should be carried out, according to the plans of the American military, in the next one and a half to two years. In October, the Pentagon conducted three test launches of hypersonic weapons, they were recognized by the department as successful. However & nbsp; only the hypersonic warhead was tested, the launch vehicle was not launched due to its malfunction.
At the end of October, it was reported that the gunners of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade of the US Army received training samples and an experimental battery of the Dark Eagle hypersonic complex. These components of the hypersonic complex are intended only to familiarize military personnel with them. The Pentagon hopes to begin test launches of a guided missile in 2022. & nbsp; Serial production of Dark Eagle missiles should be launched before 2023. However, a more accurate date will become known only after a series of various tests.
According to experts, if such a deployment of American missiles takes place, Russia will deploy on its western borders & nbsp; similar systems, including medium and short-range missiles. The Russian Army has adopted the Dagger complexes and Avangard, the Zircon sea-launched missile is being successfully tested, the Kh-95 aircraft missile is being created.
& nbsp ;