Recently, claims have been made after the US military forces were found to have been working on a new Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, which has the ability of totally wiping out an object and destroy it permanently.This game-changing weapon which is found to be the size of a toaster is believed to be able to destroy several nuclear missiles simultaneously from space. But, does it mean that there is an upcoming war in space?
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According to reports revealed by The Sun, it was found that the technology that is currently being developed as part of a "robust missile defence system" in response to countries including China, Russia and Iran developing long-range missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle) or decoys. Debalina Ghoshal, an independent consultant, said that both China and Russia have allegedly possessed the MIRV capability for their ballistic missiles.
Furthermore, in one of her statements in a June 2016 report for the Federation of American Scientists, Seeker has reported that the consultant has also revealed that Cold War literature has already suggested that MIRVs are first strike weapons and could be strategically destabilizing. She was quoted to have said that The United States realizes these threats and is working towards a robust missile defense system.
Meanwhile, as per John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, ten years ago, the earth had a single kill vehicle on a single interceptor. Kill vehicles today, he adds, are the size of a toaster; and MOKV program is the latest one that is yet to be developed. Pike has claimed that each MOKV would be fitted with sensors, a steering and propulsion system and communications equipment which allows them to completely wipe out on any individual on target and eventually hit it causing its destruction. Ultimately, the director had explained that the impacts would take place beyond Earth's atmosphere, but the resulting cloud of debris would go back into the atmosphere and burn up.