Because ‘Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle’ Just Sounds So Damn Ominously Cool

30B50B4400000578-0-image-a-18_1454097722485[2]The story says this is a “next-generation kill vehicle”. I had no idea we even had a first-generation kill vehicle operational. Apparently these bad boys are in space and in-service already. Back when I lived closer to Vandenberg AFB I once saw one of the HTK program launches while waiting in traffic on the 118 freeway. They were always in the late afternoon just before dark and looked cool, even from 30-miles away. As they were in their boost phase and you could see the first stage power down and separate and then the second stage would kick-in with a pretty wicked exhaust plume. It always gave me a very patriotic feeling.

Backed by decades of kill vehicle technology expertise, the Raytheon-made EKV is designed to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by directly colliding with them, a concept often described as ‘hit to kill.’

The EKV has an advanced, multi-color sensor used to detect and discriminate incoming warheads from other objects.

The EKV has its own propulsion, communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and intercept.

The EKV is deployed and operational today.

  • Why can’t they have ray guns too?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      If you mean lasers and charged particle beam weapons, we built those already!
      We are so totally ready for when Canada strikes!

      • Exile1981

        China tested a unit designed to kill other countries satellites.So are these protected against the chinese ones?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          They can blind spy satellites from the ground, but they can’t kill anything from the ground yet. I don’t think even we can pull that one off yet.

          • Exile1981

            They did an orbital test were they used one satellite to fire a rocket at another satellite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Chinese_anti-satellite_missile_test

            The US did kill a satellite in 1985 with a ground based missile.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yeah, we were capable of that 30-years ago; this system is a lot more sophisticated and can take out more than one satellite at a time.
            Blowing away satellites is no real biggie considering that they all follow very predictable orbits.

          • Exile1981

            Hence why I wanted to know if these new anti-missile satellites are protected against anti-satellite missiles.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Who the heck knows and I doubt the US Airforce is telling.

          • Clausewitz

            Yeah but Obama probably cut the funding and is using the money to make ISIS feel better about their contributions to science. Bwahahahahaha, sorry, couldn’t keep a straight face on that one.

          • El Martyachi

            It’s probably gathering dust in a warehouse somewhere.

          • Hard Little Machine

            In 1984 the DoD experimented with HTK ASM-135ASAT missiles launched from an F-15. They achieved near 100% success and then cancelled the program.

          • tom_billesley

            So many cancelled programs. Clinton killed “Brilliant Pebbles” in 1993.
            http://missilethreat.com/defense-systems/brilliant-pebbles/

        • Minicapt

          An anti-MSG sensor?

          Cheers

        • ntt1

          I have seen chinese drivers , the idea of a chinese satellite makes my blood run cold. Hunter killer or just an outsized refrigerator, it would be very destructive.

      • ntt1

        we have already …you just haven’t noticed yet.

    • lolwut?
  • Canadian

    This won`t please Obola`s Iran pals!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I’ll bet Israel is working on similar technology. They keep their mouths shut about it.

      • Canadian

        I`m sure they do, on both counts.

  • Brett_McS

    I only have to read the headline to tell it’s a D.B.Cooper post.

  • lolwut?

    What point is all these weapons when the enemy just walks through the gate invited?

    • El Martyachi

      The point is the credible ability to rain nuclear death down on foes while preventing same here. It’s not pretty but it works.

      • lolwut?

        The enemy are already inside the gates.

        Does this “Rain” magically target the invaders?

        • El Martyachi

          You can accept or deny the physical reality of nuclear warfare. It just is.

          • lolwut?

            So we nuke ourselves.

          • El Martyachi

            That’s not a bad idea.

  • Shebel

    Justin doesn’t want to use our planes to bomb these assholes .
    He wants to use our planes to shuttle them over here .
    I wonder which side the little traitor is on?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Spartan/Sprint targeted inbound warheads already in the atmosphere 40 years ago. Except with neutron bombs.