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Originally posted by BigTrain
I was going to post this yesterday, but after writing about two paragraphs and having theory of plates and shells homework dealing with the galerkin method due the next day, i chose to erase.
Without going into too much depth, heres how you could destroy an SR-71 Blackbird.
If the chosen method were missiles, you would most definately need something like an ICBM to get the job done, let me explain. First of all, the method of using a jet with a missile strapped underneath just isnt logical becuase, remember, once the fighter is detected trying to make an intercept launch, by the time that fighter is even 30,000 feet high, the SR-71 is long gone, repeat, LONG GONE. The climb to altitude of even the fastest jet, which the f-22 will break that record by the way, still does not enable the jet to get close enough to lock on and traget the sr-71 even be within range of its missiles range. And for an interceptor to be able to launch a missile, which in itself would be pretty massive and heavy to be able to reach high mach numbers and covers hundreds of miles, the plane just doesnt have the power to climb fast enough with such weight to get within range.
Back to the ICBM. This is required because the way to do this would be to forget a head on colllison due to the extreme difficulty associated in doing so. The way to do this would be for the ICBM to launch and actually "catch" the 71 from behind. This requires tons of propellant and lots of burn time with extremely fast top end. I find this is the best way to take out a 71. After thinking about the 71's operating altitude and speed, it would be assummed that this ICBM interceptor would need a burn time at least 5 minutes and a top speed of say mach 6. Mathematicals details can be forgotten, this is just assumptions based on logical speeds of both. I hope you can see where Im going here.
If anyone cares to elaborate on this idea, feel free to do so, I would also love to hear more from intelgurl, you are one smart woman.
Originally posted by gooseuk
I have 3 ways to down a SR-71
- S 400 Battery
- S 400 on a mig or SU
- Gun for the tankers
Originally posted by BigTrain
Seekerof, None. Maybe an XB-70 that had loiter capabilityand a real badass long range missile.
Originally posted by kilcoo316
The best way to intercept a blackbird would be along the lines of a 'pattern' group intercept. Procedure something as follows:
1. Early warning (probably coastal or something similar) detects blackbird and basic flight plan
2. 10-15 MiG-31s (or F-14s etc) are scrambled well in advance of the flight trajectory and space themselves, say 10-20 miles apart in a line tangential to the SR-71's flightpath.
3. They rely on GCI for intercept data, keeping radars on passive until the blackbird is too close to the MiGs to turn away - then the nearest 2/3 MiGs/F-14s can let loose with everything they have in a head to head - the missiles don't have to be super fast as they are going down the throat of the blackbird.
Obviously, for such a scheme to work, you need really good warning, and the blackbird not to 'dog-leg' its flightpath, but if these two pieces fell into place, an intercept should be feasible. How long would it take a MiG-31 or F-14 to get up to sufficient altitude to launch at a SR-71?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
They tried that. They couldn't get as high as the Blackbird, so they'd fly as high as they could, and when the ground control told them they would zoom climb as high as they could, and try to fire missiles at the -71. Didn't work.
Originally posted by Wembley
And if you're invisible, or have good enough countermeasures to block everything, why bother with the high speed and altitude anyway?
Except that it looks cool...
Originally posted by gimmefootball400
I believe it would take something other than an F-14 or MiG - 31 to bring something like that down. I'm thinking something on the order of a Sukhoi SU - 47.