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US newly developed powerful radar worth $ 2.2 billion proves ineffective

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  1. ChineseTiger1986

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    The project not only wasted taxpayer money but left a hole in the nation’s defenses, The Los Angeles Times noted

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    LOS ANGELES, April 5. /TASS/. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar, developed and designed by the Pentagon, which was supposed to become the core element of US’ missile defense system, turned out to be ineffective, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

    "If North Korea launched a sneak attack, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar - SBX for short - would spot the incoming missiles, track them through space and guide US rocket-interceptors to destroy them," the newspaper said. "In reality, the giant floating radar has been a $2.2-billion flop, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. Although it can powerfully magnify distant objects, its field of vision is so narrow that it would be of little use against what experts consider the likeliest attack: a stream of missiles interspersed with decoys," the article states.

    "SBX was supposed to be operational by 2005. Instead, it spends most of the year mothballed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii," The LA Times said. However, "the project not only wasted taxpayer money but left a hole in the nation’s defenses," the newspaper noted.

    The US Missile Defense Agency has spent around $10 billion on ineffective programs over the last years, according to the newspaper. At least three other projects turned out unsuccessful. Among them are the Airborne Laser aimed at destroying enemy missiles soon after launch (project closed in 2012, cost $5.3 billion), the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (closed in 2009 after six years of development, cost $1.7 billion) and the Multiple Kill Vehicle (program shelved after four years of development, cost $700 million).

    TASS: World - US newly developed powerful radar worth $ 2.2 billion proves ineffective
     
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    http://graphics.latimes.com/missile-defense/

     
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    Pointless

    All of the failed American far-fetched military programs were designed to blunt its near-peer military competitor.

    However, by definition, a near-peer competitor possesses qualitatively near-equivalent technology. Thus, it is impossible to gain a substantial edge on a near-peer competitor. Science develops slowly over decades. When a near-peer competitor catches you, the technological gap is pretty infinitesimal.

    America needs to recognize the reality. The only solution to a near-peer competitor is compromise. There is no military solution.
     
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    Aahhh...The source is Tass...:lol:
     
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    The Sea-Based X-Band Radar was obviously aimed at Russia and China, but North Korea was the excuse. It's the same situation with missile defense against Iran in Europe. It's officially targeting Iran, but the real main target is Russia.
     
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    It was actually reported by the LA Times.

    That thing was left rusty in the Pearl Harbor.

     
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    Capitalism is its own worst enemy.
     
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    It is pretty obvious they want to build a bowling alley under that thing
     
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    It's all about their military industry, one part of the foundation of their economy. That's why US ignites wars around the world.
     
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    Yeah...I read the original LA Times article. It was much longer and at least gave the other side its paragraph. The Tass version is severely truncated, designed for those with short attention span and technically ignorant. Reminds me of how Soviet agents in the US, including Tass, worked during the Cold War when so often they compile their 'intelligence' reports for the Kremlin by reading US newspapers.
     
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    All powers do the same thing!:lol:
     
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    It's white... just like an albatross! :yay:
     
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    How can this be in the wrong section since this radar is deployed in Japan as early warning against NK & Chinese missiles? :coffee: