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New Defensive Missile 'Like Hitting a Bullet With a Bullet'

New Defensive Missile 'Like Hitting a Bullet With a Bullet'
A Continental United States (CONUS) based artillery unit establishes a firing point during the Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) on Sept. 21, 2017 in Dacheon, South Korea. (Eighth Army Public Affairs via Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 07:37 AM

A sophisticated new defensive missile, under development by the U.S., travels twice as fast as sound and precisely hits incoming threats, Fox News is reporting.

The Miniature Hit to Kill Missile (MHTK) is designed to destroy mortars, rockets, artillery and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, according to the news network.

"It's a very advanced technology, very complicated rocket science," said Michaela Dodge, a missile defense specialist for the Heritage Foundation. "It's like hitting a bullet with a bullet. But we can do it and it is great news for us."

The system is being developed by Lockheed Martin and was recently tested in New Mexico, according to Fox News. It targets an incoming projectile using radar and zeroes in on the incoming threat.

It is designed strictly for defense, the news network reported.

"We're making body-to-body contact," said Chris Murphy, Lockheed Martin's head of business development for the MHTK. "Instead of getting close to it and making a big explosion, what we do is actually, the nose of our missile hits the part of the incoming round that we want to hit."

And Murphy added: "The idea is to provide protection from a large area from a launcher or two launchers that can reach out and defeat the incoming rounds before they get anywhere close to our soldiers."

MHTK is just over two feet in length and weighs five pounds at launch, Lockheed Martin said in a statement.

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