X-51 Missle

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Cheesemonger
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As part of the Pentagon's Prompt Global Strike project, the X-51 is a hypersonic cruise missile that can strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour. The new missile, which is designed to hit Mach 5 (3,600 mph), destroys its targets by crashing into them at top speed. Tomahawks by comparison, top out at 550 mph. The Pentagon is hoping to test run the X-51 by 2008, despite protests that these missiles could trigger a nuclear war.
 

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Cheesemonger
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The payload is pretty exciting, since at the peak of its climb outside the atmosphere, the missile pops out a payload of four warheads that can hit independent targets and travel up to 13,000 mph. Just above the target, the warheads detonate, showering a 3000 sq. ft area with scored tungsten rods at high enough speeds to decimate the target. Major points for the surgical strike, but we're not so hot for that whole "could instigate nuclear war" thing. Further off, but a bit more promising is the X-51 hypersonic cruise missile, which is designed to ride the shock waves created at its Mach 5 (3600 mph) target speed. Best of all, the missile is designed to destroy targets with its own kinetic energy, meaning even more precise targeting. The goal of the missile is "to strike virtually anywhere on the face of the Earth within 60 minutes."
 
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