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Sam Roggeveen


22 May 2008 15:34

Weapons makers and the Pentagon come up with some amazing nomenclature for their toys. My favourite has long been the name given to the device that sits inside the nosecone of America's missile defence interceptors, and which actually hits the incoming ballistic missile warhead while still in space. It's called the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV). There's no pun here or double entendre, it's just a cool-sounding name (in a gee whiz, schoolboyish way).

But the EKV may have to give way in my estimations to a new bit of terminology. It's the Advanced Mission Extender Device. Now, before hitting the link  to find out what AMXD actually is, take a moment to make a guess. Finished? OK, then click here.