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Media: a deliberately failed project in the interests of the Pentagon cost America $ 231 million

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The US Missile Defense Agency spent $ 231 million on a missile tracking program, although its unviable was obvious even before it was launched, leads RIA News An article from the Los Angeles Times.


Media: a deliberately failed project in the interests of the Pentagon cost America $ 231 million


“The project was launched in 2009 and quietly collapsed four years after independent experts concluded that the whole concept was hopeless and the arguments of its supporters were wrong. Not a single satellite was launched within the program. Her failure was the last in a series of costly agency failures, ”the newspaper said.

A commentary by a member of the National Academy of Sciences commission who issued a decision on this program states: “This is an example of how something can go wrong in defense procurement. Huge sums of money were spent on things that were supposed to remain a theory. ”

“The fiasco of the system could have been prevented if its concept had been properly studied initially. To do this, it was enough to make a drawing on a napkin, ”believes the former director of operational testing and evaluation of the US Defense Department Philip Coyle.

By requesting funds for the project, the Agency presented it as an “unprecedented tool for protecting the United States and its allies from the nuclear attacks of North Korea and Iran, which will cost much less than alternative options,” the newspaper reminds.

“The concept provided for the withdrawal from 9 to 12 satellites into orbit above the equator to determine the launch of missiles and accurate tracking of their flight. Supporters of the system argued that it would even be able to distinguish a real warhead from a false one, ”writes the Los Angeles Times.

In reality, everything was different. “The satellites located above the equator would not be able to track the very likely trajectory of flight over the Arctic if a rocket was launched from Iran or North Korea,” the author notes.

In addition, according to experts, "12 satellites would not be enough to effectively monitor the space above the northern hemisphere, they would need at least twice as much." Yes, and satellite sensors were not so powerful as to distinguish real from false warheads.
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  1. Dezinto
    Dezinto 30 December 2015 12: 33 New
    19
    Drank and forget)

    1. cniza
      cniza 30 December 2015 12: 52 New
      +6
      Everyone saws to the best of their abilities, they have more grandmas here and they saw more. They relaxed, and we crept imperceptibly, let them rush about now.
      1. gladcu2
        gladcu2 30 December 2015 16: 20 New
        0
        cniza

        Propyl is rubbish.

        There is no point in building up missile defense systems. The United States is an aggressor, so no one will knowingly attack them. But to declare in the press about the development of such systems is extremely important. Since it forces a potential adversary to spend money on countermeasures.

        The concept of modern warfare is based on the non-use of state military vehicles. Modern wars, this is a war in Syria. Cheap bearded gibbons, with a reliable AK, produce more damage than carpet bombing.

        2000 terrorists, aimlessly killing citizens, are ready to bring into chaos a city with a population of 2 million people. Classical armies are not able to withstand mass terror.
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    3. NDR-791
      NDR-791 30 December 2015 13: 37 New
      -2
      Right, SAW !!! Not a single satellite was launched, but the 231 lam migrated ... It's like with the same robot mule for the Marines. Google steers - eight years mastered, and now they put it on a deer for Santa and show the children. We really don't get any better - the famous advertisement from all federal channels “2015year the bridge to the Crimea must be completed”, 2 days left.
  2. shimus
    shimus 30 December 2015 12: 36 New
    +1
    Soon Obama will say: "The US economy is torn to shreds by failed military and economic projects" ...
  3. vkfriendly
    vkfriendly 30 December 2015 12: 38 New
    0
    If anyone is interested, what horror this report caused by NATO strategists.
    http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Russia_Pub_2015_High.pdf
    1. vkfriendly
      vkfriendly 30 December 2015 13: 43 New
      0
      From the beginning, taste then minus ..
  4. horoh
    horoh 30 December 2015 12: 38 New
    +4
    How many such cuts did the Americans have, and how many more will be ???
    1. Baxban
      Baxban 30 December 2015 16: 07 New
      -1
      how do they like to count other people's money ... was it done on your taxes?
  5. polite people
    polite people 30 December 2015 12: 39 New
    0
    Yes, there scammers are cooler than ours yes Ostap is that you?
  6. Taygerus
    Taygerus 30 December 2015 12: 39 New
    +1
    they will still print, they have a print economy
  7. pts-m
    pts-m 30 December 2015 12: 41 New
    +4
    in Russia, “sawflies” work roughly using the “friendship-2” system and immediately fall on the scallop, like that flea. And the FSU has a lot of problems in sawing, they have a real sawmill with the rights from the State Department.
  8. SIMM
    SIMM 30 December 2015 12: 43 New
    0
    "Her failure was the last in a series of costly agency failures."
    Well, not the last, but the last ...))))))
  9. pvv113
    pvv113 30 December 2015 12: 47 New
    +2
    obviously failed project in the interests of the Pentagon cost America $ 231 million

    It seems a trifle, but nice! wink
  10. AlNikolaich
    AlNikolaich 30 December 2015 12: 48 New
    +3
    Ha, from the same opera ... The F-117 invisible plane, the B-2 stealth bomber, the memorable F-35 penguin, the project of the super destroyer Zamvolt .... And with a few dozen more ...
    The question is not that in America everything is bad and worthless. This is not true. But, for some reason there is trouble with people making decisions. Especially in those sectors where the budget and the Ministry of Defense are involved. It seems that they not only have no elementary education, but they also lack common sense!
    Unfortunately, we began to show similar things ...
    1. Onotollah
      Onotollah 30 December 2015 13: 15 New
      +2
      Quote: AlNikolaich
      common sense is missing!

      Well, if the point is to cut the dough to the maximum - then everyone is doing the right thing.
      But from the point of view of state interest, of course there is a span.
    2. retardu
      retardu 30 December 2015 13: 39 New
      -5
      f-117 gave huge achievements in the field of stealth.
      B-2 and f-35 were cut only by couch analysts of the alleged Indian Dave of NI.
      And compared with other areas, this money is a trifle.
      Much more money is poured onto the thermonuclear reactor than the same laser, but nevertheless no one throws this matter. Since a breakthrough promises huge benefits
      1. Baxban
        Baxban 30 December 2015 16: 11 New
        0
        retardu you will now be banned, you said about f35 that he is not a penguin and knows how to fly, they don’t like those here laughing
  11. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 30 December 2015 12: 53 New
    +1
    And how many such failed projects have been and will be. And when you consider that many Pentagon generals are tied to firms in the US military-industrial complex, then everything is natural.
  12. askort154
    askort154 30 December 2015 12: 53 New
    +1
    "... For this it was enough to make a drawing on a napkin" ..

    Zadorny should take this note.
  13. Amurets
    Amurets 30 December 2015 12: 55 New
    0
    It would be necessary for us to participate in this project, selling US engines and the program would cost more to the Americans and we would earn extra money, it was immediately clear that the program was a failure.
    1. Bongo
      Bongo 30 December 2015 13: 53 New
      +1
      Quote: Amurets
      It would be necessary for us to participate in this project, selling US engines and the program would cost more to the Americans and we would earn extra money, it was immediately clear that the program was a failure.

      Good evening Nikolay! Read carefully the publication there didn’t seem strange to you, didn’t you notice any absurdities? The SPRN operation algorithm is arranged differently.
      1. Amurets
        Amurets 30 December 2015 14: 21 New
        +1
        Hello! Sergey! I noticed. Why launch satellites at all, if the SPRN is cheaper and more reliable. And if the rocket goes along a low path, it will not be visible from space. Now, I don’t understand with what sensors they were going to select the real warhead from the false active heads, I have in view of the head with the engine but without the warhead. For our happiness, with me there were no such goals. And the question is with the energy sector? Where can I get such power supply?
        1. Bongo
          Bongo 30 December 2015 14: 24 New
          +1
          Thats exactly what I mean! Nikolay, in my opinion this article is a fake, the creation of such a global system seems to me unrealistic at present. And most importantly, why?
          1. Amurets
            Amurets 30 December 2015 14: 47 New
            +1
            Quote: Bongo
            Thats exactly what I mean! Nikolay, in my opinion this article is a fake, the creation of such a global system seems to me unrealistic at present. And most importantly, why?

            This article reminds me of the case with anti-radiation paint. Entire institutes worked, sawed up heaps of dough, as they say now. Until a student was found and calculated that the plane would destroy the shock wave before the crew got into the penetrating radiation. Imagine what kind of feeding trough was.
            1. Bongo
              Bongo 30 December 2015 14: 50 New
              +3
              Quote: Amurets

              This article reminds me of the case with anti-radiation paint. Entire institutes worked, sawed up heaps of dough, as they say now. Until a student was found and calculated that the plane would destroy the shock wave before the crew got into the penetrating radiation. Imagine what kind of feeding trough was.

              I heard about this story, but I don’t know how true it is. But in the 70s, the front Su-24s were painted with a special paint from below, but not anti-radiation of course, but with the goal of reducing the effect of thermal radiation. Also stained with IL-28, Tu-16 and Tu-95 participating in nuclear tests.
              1. Amurets
                Amurets 30 December 2015 15: 47 New
                0
                Quote: Bongo
                . But in the 70s, front-line Su-24s were painted from below with a special paint, but not anti-radiation of course, but with the goal of reducing the effect of thermal radiation. Also stained with IL-28, Tu-16 and Tu-95 participating in nuclear tests.

                He worked with a man, and now I keep in touch with him. He flew on the Tu-13 and Tu-15 as the commander of the firing installations, and on the Tu-14 as the refueling operator. He told me what kind of help. After the flight emergency during gas station, he had to write off his flight work for health reasons. Now he’s over 16 tons, but he did not say anything about flights to Novaya Zemlya, although they flew on Tu-16s with atomic bombs. He said a couple of times that they flew and nothing more.
  14. Editor
    Editor 30 December 2015 13: 02 New
    +1
    the more terrible Russia is and the worse the defense capability of America is, the more money Congress will allocate for US defense next year ...
  15. Siberian
    Siberian 30 December 2015 13: 03 New
    +1
    SOMETHING they spend and spend babosy on tracking. But they can’t track the couple.
  16. Dwarfik
    Dwarfik 30 December 2015 13: 04 New
    +1
    They have a half-trillion military budget! Just think ....
  17. Mercenary
    Mercenary 30 December 2015 13: 05 New
    +2
    "How many such cuts did the Americans have, and how many more will be ???"
    Not tired of other people's logs in your eye to look for? The mattresses will still print ... and Serdyukov and Vasilyeva have stolen billions from the military budget + harm from closed and looted military schools, which were then restored for our money + dollar (today) 73, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow + Ukraine debt is not gives, + Medvedev thwarted negotiations with China + Miller continues to build the "stream" in Turks in Anapa for seven days a week .... am
    1. Bulrumeb
      Bulrumeb 30 December 2015 14: 03 New
      +1
      You are a little wrong, they simply brazenly steal from us as an example Serdyukov and Vasilyeva, and they also connect such a fantasy that you wonder. Although Chubais and they are not given to surpass
  18. ilija93
    ilija93 30 December 2015 13: 05 New
    +2
    For cuts by corporations, it’s too small a piece of wood, but cover for financing black deeds and various “democratic” processes is quite enough.
  19. shimus
    shimus 30 December 2015 13: 06 New
    -1
    How to shoot down enemy satellites or ballistic missiles in space?
    It’s very simple, we take a rocket launcher, we load bolts, nuts and nails into the head part, we supply this business with an accelerator and Voila, the weapon of space defense is ready. Why break your head with all sorts of lasers, x-rays, everything is simple, how to hammer a nail! Not a single laser that was hit with a crowbar or a sledgehammer has remained the whole!
    And there is nothing to hope for all kinds of GPS and GLONAS, learn TOPOGRAPHY and orientation by stars!
  20. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 30 December 2015 13: 08 New
    +1
    Chubais is a sign not only of our happitalism. In America, too, there are! Rather, the habit of feeding Chubais, she came from America!
  21. afrikanez
    afrikanez 30 December 2015 13: 09 New
    0
    Money is immeasurable, and all kinds of projects are being pushed through. Fed will still print request
  22. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 30 December 2015 13: 24 New
    +2
    It would be logical to launch one such satellite on
    geostationary orbit, conduct a training launch
    BR in the northern hemisphere and see what
    satellite sensors in reality see.
  23. gergi
    gergi 30 December 2015 14: 04 New
    +2
    Enough pin. Enough money to count. They draw them in tens of tons. Great business, draw toad skins and change the resources of the entire planet. Schaub, I was so hot.
  24. Wolka
    Wolka 30 December 2015 14: 12 New
    0
    here we’ll lock a couple of satellites to the moon, then the Yankees will definitely die
  25. shinobi
    shinobi 30 December 2015 15: 18 New
    +1
    The burping of the Reagan SOI, that's what it was. There they still have a lot of similar ventures in the toilet.
  26. Old26
    Old26 1 January 2016 16: 44 New
    +1
    Honestly, I put the article minus. As always, everything is fine with us, but they have failed.

    Quote: voyaka uh
    It would be logical to launch one such satellite on
    geostationary orbit, carry out a training launch of the BR in the northern hemisphere and see what the satellite’s sensors actually see.

    In fact, the Los Angeles Times once again issued a sensation from scratch. It was about creating SPRN type satellites SBIRS-Low FDS. These satellites were to be launched not into high-elec- tric orbits, and not into a geostationary station, but were to be low-orbit.
    In principle, it was probably possible to distinguish the BB from false targets, but I do not remember that this option was the main one.

    The main objective of this series, which in principle was a simplified version of the SBIRS satellites, is to view the surface of the earth in a shorter time than with HEO and GEO. At the first stage, there should have been a dozen, then the number of satellites was planned to bring the EMNIP to 60.
    But the concept has changed in favor of more highly elliptical and geostationary satellites.
    They talk about failure, wasted money. As if others have it differently. Sometimes we spend and then close the program. And nothing. But when not one of our SPRN satellites remains in orbit, we don’t notice

    Quote: Amurets
    It would be necessary for us to participate in this project, selling US engines and the program would cost more to the Americans and we would earn extra money, it was immediately clear that the program was a failure.

    They, Nikolai, launch their SPRN satellites with Deltas, and they are on American engines