US Army is considering resurrecting ‘devastating’ weapon that moves at three times the speed of sound and destroys EVERYTHING in its path.
The US Army has considered arming itself with a ‘devastating’ weapon in a bid to counteract Russia‘s nuclear technology.
Called Kinetic Energy Projectile (KEP), this tungsten-based warhead is capable of moving three times the speed of sound, while destroying everything in its path.
Once launched, the missile bursts into flaming metal fragments that can pierce through most armor – such as that used in tanks.
With this knowledge, the Army on the hunt to find its own ‘super-weapon’ – which has lead them to KEP.
‘Think of it as a big shotgun shell,’ Major General William Hix, the Army’s director of strategy, plans & policy, said at the Booz Allen Hamilton Direct Energy Summit, Patrick Tucker with DefenseOne reports.
However unlike a shell, Hix said, the KEP travels at unbelievable speeds of ‘Mach 3 to Mach 6.’
During the warhead’s first test run in 2013, the sled train it was attached to exceeded 3,500 feet-per-second – three times the speed of sound.
Hix also revealed details to DefenseOne regarding the level of devastation this weapon would cause.
‘Not much can survive it. If you are in a main battle tank, if you’re a crew member, you might survive but the vehicle will be non-mission capable, and everything below that will level of protection will be dead,’ he said.
The Army has suggested attaching the KEP to its existing launch platforms, as they are able to take the brunt when the weapon is fired.
The warhead was first tested in 2013 at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, which the Defense Department deemed a success.
During an interview with American Forces Press Service following the testing, Susan Hurd, special assistant to the director of strategic warfare, called the test a significant technology development advancement.
‘The successful execution of this high-speed sled test of a Kinetic Energy Projectile warhead was a necessary step in the progression to a conventional prompt strike capability,’ she said.
‘Now that we’ve demonstrated that the warhead functions in a flight representative environment we’re one important step closer to that goal.’
‘High performance computer modeling and simulation as well as a series of small scale and static tests have already been done on this warhead.’
‘But in order to assess its performance in flight conditions you have to do the dynamic test – you have to do the sled test.
The Kinetic Energy Projectile (KEP) is a tungsten-based warhead is capable of moving three times the speed of sound, while destroying everything in its path.
Once launched, the missile bursts into flaming metal fragments that can pierce through most armor such as that used in tanks.
During the warhead’s first test run in 2013, the sled train it was attached to exceeded 3,500 feet-per-second – speeds of Mach 3 to Mach 6.
Officials said ‘not much can survive’ once KEP is released.
RUSSIA’S FATHER OF ALL BOMBS
The Russian version of the US’s ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ (MOAB)- called the Father Of All Bombs – weighs just 15,560lbs and is packed with the equivalent to 44 tons of explosive TNT.
This is four times more than the US’ model which obliterates anything in its blast zone, which is twice that of the MOAB.
Putin’s monster explosive is known officially as the Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power and is reportedly four times bigger than MOAB.
It carries 44 tons of TNT and explodes in the same way as its American counterpart, obliterating anything within the blast zone, collapsing buildings and producing huge blasts and aftershocks.
Although – like the MOAB – it is not nuclear, the aftermath of the bomb could be comparable to a nuke being deployed.
It was test-fired by the Russians in 2007 where the temperature produced by the blast was also twice as high as that in the MOAB.
The Russian FOAB’s blast zone has been predicted as twice that of the US bomb and even though it is smaller in size, because of the temperature it explodes at and the fact there are four times more explosives crammed inside, it is much more powerful.
Although the figures relating to the FOAB have been widely circulated by the Russians, there are no public pictures of it, which has led US Defense analysts to question the claims of its power and size.
Hurd emphasized this test was ‘critical’ in order to subject the warhead to the ‘dynamic environment it would see in flight.’
‘The sled test was designed to be representative of conditions of flight and target engagement for the warhead.’
Currently, the KEP is still in the conceptual phase, as the US military has yet to take over the project, a U.S. Army spokesperson told Newsweek.