posted on Oct, 15 2017 @ 07:53 PM
a reply to: darksidius
The missiles the US wants the MDA gear to take down are in known countries, with the DPRK being the favorite target. The airborne laser could loiter
off the coast. Loiter time is important, getting there not so much.
The US at the moment doesn't have enough Cobra Ball to detect a DPRK launch. It wouldn't surprise me if the new platform monitored and provided boost
The MDA has been a money pit with dubious results. Twice Trump has mentioned hitting the target with 97% probability. These ground based tests are no
secret. They have 10 hits out of 18 tests. The 97% number assumes four interceptors launched, something that has never been attempted. If the DPRK
does a simultaneous launch of two ICBMs, that means the US needs 8 interceptors.
Back to the ABL, it is important to understand the difference between power and energy. Power is instantaneous. Energy is over time. Destruction of
the target and waste heat in the platform are both an energy issue.