Missile Defence: The Dawn of the Hypersonic Missile

  • November 26, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
  • Online


YPFP Brussels invites you to the fifth YPFP’s NATO Series event on Missile Defence: The Dawn of the Hypersonic Missileon Thursday 26 November at 19:00 CET.

Over 31 countries have ballistic missiles and their proliferation is a key global security concern as we are currently in a world without the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which changed the strategic environment significantly.

We are entering the dawn of the hypersonic missile that represents an absolute game-changer with significant challenges. We need to develop countermeasures as well as detection and interception.

These missiles can travel over five times the speed of sound (Mach 5), while some can go over Mach 20 with high manoeuvrability and accuracy over long ranges. It is difficult to detect and track them because they travel in the higher atmosphere with an unpredictable ballistic trajectory.

Then, there is a need for ballistic missile defence (BMD) to provide maximum coverage to nations and citizens as well as military deployments from potential attacks as an integral part of our collective security.

This event will provide an introduction into missile defence, threat landscape and the hypersonic missile. We will discuss NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence policies looking into active layered theatre BMD system capability while taking a closer look into emerging technologies that will shape BMD.


- Gordon B. “Skip” Davis Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment Division, NATO

Melanie M. Marlowe, Senior Associate (non-resident), Center for Strategic and International Studies

The event will be live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook channels for everyone.