Volodin appreciated the plans of the Pentagon to defend against missiles with balloons

If Washington decided to use balloons in the system to protect against hypersonic missiles, then at the next stage it can start “inflating underwater balloons”, because Russia has a Poseidon, Volodin said

Vyacheslav Volodin

Messages, that the Pentagon will start using balloons to protect against Russian hypersonic missiles, they talk about the failure of the US missile defense program, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on Telegram.

“The next stage for Washington” inflate underwater balloons, given the presence of our country “Poseidon” (nuclear underwater drone.— RBC),— said the chairman of the lower house.

This is how Volodin reacted to the Politico article, which reported that in fiscal 2023 the United States plans to spend more than $27 million to develop an additional balloon-based missile defense system. The latter use the encapsulated gas — to take off; these can be balloons, airships, meteorological probes.

As noted by Politico, high-altitude inflatable aircraft move at an altitude of 18 to 27 km. They can form a wide surveillance network and be used to track hypersonic weapons in the future. According to the publication, such balls can become an addition to expensive satellites, since, equipped with electronics, they are able to collect complex data and navigate in space using artificial intelligence.

Tests of hypersonic weapons have been reported in both Russia and the United States. The last major Russian test was the May 28 launch of the Zirkon hypersonic missile. from the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” in the Barents Sea. The Ministry of Defense reported that it successfully hit a sea target located at a distance of about 1 thousand km in the White Sea.

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