The U.S. missile defense system was compared to a colander

The U.S. missile defense system was compared to a colander

The missile defense system of the US will turn out to be a colander and will not be able to protect the country from all Russian ballistic missiles. This was announced by Yuri Rogulev, head of Franklin Roosevelt Foundation for U.S. Studies at Moscow State University, on air of Zvezda TV channel.

He said that the idea of a defensive anti-missile system appeared in the United States back in the 1980s. “Then they refused and came back again. All this costs a huge amount of money,” the expert added.

According to him, Washington faced criticism almost immediately because “a missile defense system will never give the country a 100 percent guarantee.” “So ours, of course, warned that if they (the U.S. – Lenta.ru’s commentary) continue building this system and bring it closer to Russia’s borders, it will be forced to develop new weapons systems, which it did,” Rogulev noted.

In January, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer Scott Cooper called the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter a major deterrent to Russia and China. In his opinion, to deter potential enemies, the U.S. Air Force should increase the number of low-observable fighters and strategic bombers, which have the ability to overcome the enemy’s air defense system (Air Defense).

Earlier, in July 2020, the Pentagon reported that Moscow and Beijing are developing and improving missile defense systems that pose a threat to the United States. The spokesman stressed that missile defense is an important part of the rivalry between the great powers and that Russia has very powerful military resources.