Missile and Missile Defense System | Aviation and Defense Market Reports

In parallel to the development of offensive weapons, anti-weapons systems have emerged. In the past, ballistic missiles posed one of the most significant threats to states because of their remarkable ability to deliver one of the world’s most destructive weapons: nuclear warheads. Therefore, some states have invested heavily in the construction of missile defense systems. During the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union experimented with and deployed missile defenses for fear of an uncontrollable arms race.

As a result of these concerns, the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972 restricted each side to 100 interceptors at one site. Furthermore, the agreement marked a turning point that led to subsequent agreements that limited strategic offensive forces. The Bush administration abrogated the ABM treaty in 2002, leading to cruise and hypersonic missiles gaining sophistication. There has been a corresponding increase in funding for attempts to defend against threats beyond ballistic missiles coming from everywhere.

Formerly, missile defense systems aimed to defend against ballistic missiles, but there is now a greater emphasis on protecting against other types of missiles.

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