The U.S. Army is developing a new 1,000-mile range of medium-range missiles, which will give the Army greater long-range firepower, resistance to damage and operational flexibility, aimed at curbing Russia and China's "anti-intervention/regional repulsion" strategy, according to Defense Express.
According to US media, the US Army had a 1,000-mile range of medium-range missiles during the Cold War, but they had been demolished after being decommissioned under the US-Soviet Midcourse Treaty. Now the US Army is starting to go back to business and develop new medium range missile technology. An unofficially named new Army hypersonic missile can break through enemy defense and destroy key and solid targets such as the enemy command post at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound. Another strategic long-range artillery developed at the same time uses low-cost supersonic guns to fire missiles, destroying enemy radar, missile launchers and mobile command posts. Both missiles have a range of 1,000 miles, far exceeding the 188 miles range of the active Army Tactical Missile system.
Colonel John Lafferty, who is in charge of the U.S. Army's "Long Range Precision Fire" program, has revealed that the U.S. Army has prioritized medium range precision kill firepower as the top six priority technology options. Hypersonic missiles are expensive and innovative and will become high-cost "exquisite ammunition" capable of creating "incredible kinetic energy lethality" against enemy strategic infrastructure. The strategic long-range artillery technology is relatively mature and can be installed on the mobile platform of the army to deploy flexibly.
Recently, the US army leadership has been hoping for a new medium and long range precision firepower, the report said. Compared with the U. S. Navy and Air Force, the Army's medium and long-range fire platform can hide in underground or road tunnels, battlefield concealment, mobility is stronger. This will transform the U.S. Army from a naval and air force firepower support role in the past into a level-footed long-range firepower collaboration partner, more conducive to multi-service joint operations. However, the report acknowledges that the US Army's new medium range missiles also face technical and cost barriers. Even if these problems are solved, they will trigger a political diplomatic risk in violation of the central treaty. (Zhang Yangming, our correspondent)
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