Artwork of a kinetic energy weapon.

Artwork of a kinetic energy weapon.

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Caption: Artist's impression of a kinetic energy weapon, an application of conventional space/weapons technology that might play a role in the US Government's Strategic Defense Initiative, the Star Wars programme. The non-nuclear missile is designed to destroy a hostile ballistic missile by literally colliding with it. The fan-like structure on top is deployed just before impact to maximise the probability of a successful collision.

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Keywords: combat, kinetic energy weapon, program, programme, space, star war, wars

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