Some facts about the real world, Terra 2023: tensions between Russia, NATO, China, DPRK, India etc. are high. These powers keep trying to get the edge over each other to establish missile supremacy. The Cold War ended in a perpetual deadlock: nobody came up with a way to destroy their enemies without the destruction being mutual.
Everyone wants hypersonic missiles to get a new edge in this dangerous game, an offensive weapon that can outmatch most defenses.
The above is all factual, now comes the bit that's a bit more worldbuilding. What would give a nation a breakthrough edge in missile defense, and could it hypothetically be Tesla Coils?
Imagine Country A's nuclear submarines launch missiles at Country B's silos and military bases. The missiles are approaching their targets when they enter a perimeter of defensive Tesla Coils and get zapped. The missiles may be hypersonic, but the Tesla Coil arc is literally lightning-quick.
Am I right in thinking that the electric arc could outrun a missile? And in thinking that they are somewhat self-aiming because they follow the path of least resistance, in other words that the arc will go to the missile and not miss? Could it be used as a speculative missile defense?
(This question is somewhat similar to mine, but in a very different world and not focusing on the same aspects of defensive Tesla Coils I am.)