In the year 2036, if man is still alive, Russia is planning to target a near-Earth asteroid with modified ICBMs.
Russian scientists will test the modified missiles on the asteroid 99942 Apophis, Sabit Saitgarayev, the leading researcher at the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, told TASS news agency.
Saitgarayev believes Apophis may pass “dangerously close” to Earth in 2036. NASA, however, has “effectively ruled out the possibility” of an impact.
It will take many millions of rubles and permission from the Kremlin for the scientists to modify the solid-fueled ICBMs.
“Most rockets work on boiling fuel,” Saitgarayev said. “Their fueling begins 10 days before the launch and, therefore, they are unfit for destroying meteorites similar to the Chelyabinsk meteorite in diameter, which are detected several hours before coming close to the Earth. For this purpose, intercontinental ballistic missiles can be used, which requires their upgrade.”
Full article: Russia plans to target near-Earth asteroid with ICBMs (World Tribune)