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Anyhow, it's a moot point. Any escort craft would be ordered to take the hit for Air Force One, just as a secret serviceman would do. (providing the flares, chaff, and electronic countermeasures failed of course, which is a pretty big IF)....
Originally posted by VoyagerNX23
I agree with the food etc, and really, the RAF would most likey be one of the first to know about a nuke launch and where it was going, so obviously we would inform the US, and they could launch before the nuke hit them, if that makes any sense.
If, I was Prime Minister, one of the things I would invest in would be advanced Surface-to-Air weaponry, capable of detecting and shooting down nukes. Something like a laser. But a crazy thought I have just had, what about launching a nuke into the enemys nukes path over the atlantic, and create, A) a large war. removal bomb, or B) a huge EMP blast in the atmophere, and then watch the nukes fall to the sea, as I said, a crazy idea.
Sounds good, may be a procedure to it BUT who would be able to intercept an A2A missile? Most of the escort fighters would be far from AF1 and would have already intercepted and fired at the bandits long ago. If any made it though the sweep then the missile would either be spoofed by the countermeasures or impact AF1. Say, if an F-15C was behind AF1 and a missile was inbound AND the fighters MWS picked up the missile the fighter could try and spew out countermeasures and if it where a newer F/A-18-F-16 it could have dropped a towed decoy and all but it would be hard maneuver a fighter into a missile that already had its target and is moving ~2-4 times faster then the fighter...
The laser idea has been shoved onto a modified 747, but that has to be actually in the area at the time of the launch. Its next to impossible to intercept a ICBM after its peaked beause thats when it sheds the missile part and seperates the MIRV system, becoming a vastly smaller target, and to hit a ICBM before peak from the ground requires lasers we just dont have currently.
The problem with letting off large bombs in the path is that a nuclear detonation is still a relatively small affair, you would need several hundred to blanket the area and create a shield ... for all of 30 seconds or so. It wouldnt protect against staggerd launches, and chances are it wouldnt even knock most MIRVs off course.
EMPs can be hardened against, so again out with that one.
Originally posted by dacruz
does other countryÂ´s have some sort of AF1?
my guess is that what we know as airforce one is anything but a 747. after all this bird is to provide safety for "the most important man" in the world. camoflage is a very usefull tool. the ability to hide something in plain sight. if this is not the case why is it not upgraded too newer improved models every few years. and remember no one is alowed to take a realy good look at it. it would be unreasonable to asume that the safety of such a world leader is not protected useing the very best.
Originally posted by DeltaNine
I think the -400s have the winglets, don't they? Could be a -300 then.
The E-4B has electromagnetic pulse protection, an electrical system designed to support advanced electronics and a wide variety of new communications equipment. Other improvements include nuclear and thermal effects shielding, acoustic control, an improved technical control facility and an upgraded air-conditioning system for cooling electrical components. An advanced satellite communications system improves worldwide communications among strategic and tactical satellite systems and the airborne operations center.