Launches of Soviet medium-range missiles RSD-10 “pioneer” was accompanied by the emergence of so-called “dome of light” of unknown origin, which the us military took over “exotic system” missile defense, writes The Drive.
The American edition had a conversation with a veteran of the U.S. air force pilot Robert Hopkins, who with a partner in late 1988 watched “dome light” on Board the reconnaissance aircraft RC-135S Cobra Ball.
“We noticed something similar to a translucent milky-white wall, which was moving to the left, over the Soviet Union, right, to the North Pacific ocean. It covered the entire sky from ground level to a level that we could see looking in the front Windows of the plane. It moved very quickly — much faster than cross-plane moving — and quickly approached us. Wall of light crossed our flight path then continued to move East, leaving behind the empty and dark night sky,” said an eyewitness.
Hopkins noted that this phenomenon was repeatedly accompanied by the launch of RSD-10 “pioneer”, was observed by other pilots and have caused the military and scientists interest. Evaluations showed that the “dome light” spread at the speed of about ten thousand kilometers per hour. Assumptions that explains a phenomenon, called, in particular, use at the first stage of the rocket “special fuel” or special blinding flash.
“The best [on this issue] that I could find is that in the post-Soviet world of Russian public knew what the dome light, but didn’t,” said the pilot.
The Drive eliminates the possibility that the “dome light” in any way associated with rocket fuel, and admits that this phenomenon may be related to the Soviet development to counter the American program of SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative).
“This phenomenon has caused huge interest on the part of the intelligence community of America, who believed that RC-135S are faced with a new secret weapon that could change the strategic balance between the United States and the Soviet Union”, — writes the edition.
Mobile ground missile complex “pioneer” with solid fuel two-stage ballistic missile medium-range 15Ж45 adopted in the USSR in 1976. In 1991, according to the INF Treaty, weapons decommissioned.
In February, the President of Academy of geopolitical problems Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov said that the deployment of missiles RS-10 “pioneer” in Chukotka provoked the United States to begin negotiations with the Soviet Union, which led to the conclusion of a Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).
In the same month, the chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski admitted that Russia in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty will create a hypersonic missile medium-range missiles based on missile RS-10 “pioneer”, taken out of service in the USSR after signing of this agreement.
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