posted on Jun, 26 2006 @ 02:07 AM
Do they exist . . ? ? ?
I'm sure they do . . (we just dont know them yet)
At least stealth cruise missiles exist . . TSSAM, JAssaM ? ? ?
Any info on stealth ICBMS . . . . . plz put forward
Stealthing an ICBM is relatively simple once it clears atmosphere. Both the (inner) bus and the MIRVs can be shaped and coated with RAM and there is
next to no aerodynamic penalty involved as either ablative thermal or drag related. This is why DSP (which can supposedly only see plume) will be
followed on by a similar GSO or HEO constellation which can cold-track against the earth background.
One thing you also need to remember is that if the missile is truly an ICBM, it may well be moving at 6km/sec or more and thus the difference in a few
hundred pounds (payload throw weight) for a BUNCH of decoys atop a 150-200,000lb motor stack is minimal. While the number of opportunities to kill it
'on the way down' (when those decoys burn up) is equally low.
Under this posit, you can actually go the other way and effectively say "We don't care how many people see us a-comin'!!". Because you have a
spread of 1-2 warheads in a cloud of 20+ decoys and can even engage in shell game switcheroos whereby (for instance) putting the MIRVs inside
blow-up-doll SHINY balloons makes any intercept attempt have to choose. Which is the decoy? Which is the warhead? Which balloon has a warhead in
it? As part of it's sort-reject process.
Some forms of neutral partical beam can 'X-Ray' measure for radiometric mass and even the presence of radioactive materials inside decoys. I
wouldn't be surprised if IR spectral analysis couldn't do something similar for materials. But then you can simply put a DU weight inside a dummy
MIRV shell (important if you have a rate-limited ability to generate large warhead stockpiles).
What it comes down to is this:
The more you make the enemy try to defeat your defenses, the more /damage/ is likely to occur, either as a function of multi-head saturation of
targets beyond those originally intended to 'send a message'. Or by dropping the return-to-sender address altogether to use short range systems.
Either as an unregistered missile off a boat. Or by walking a plague/radiologic/chem threat in etc. etc.
The only real exception to this clause is when a bunch of 'Die for Allah!' or 'Death to the Yankee Imperialist Running Dogs!' /madmen and morons/
decide to go completely over the edge and start somethin' up which they KNOW they can't finish.
In this instance, you can have either allied/collateral hostaging (in theater) which constricts your strategic policies by virtue of threatening
something which you hold dear but not dear enough to defend directly.
Or some kind of murder:suicide pact threat in which X think that if they start a ball rolling, maybe creeping attrition will still ruin Y's (U.S.)
economy. Something particularly likely to happen if you're invading their dirt and they have nothing (politically) left to razed-earth lose.
Fortunately, these gits are not quite the technical masters they are often portrayed to be and so a limited defence can sometimes be enough to
backstop our major cities against their limited missile force rather than suffer desultory attrition of 1-2 (20 million per pop) mazcats in trade for
steamrolling their behinds.
Unfortunately, atomic munitions have just a long enough half life to allow for several generational improvements to be made to delivery system
accuracy and penetrativity while expanding the total force. All of which means the one missile you face today may morph into 100-200 tomorrow.
Which puts a really big strain on the beneficence if not moral restraint of nations like the United States when it comes to being tempted to turn off
the lights _early_ on mouse-roar city states like Korea.
The real tragedy being that when/if these crackpot dictatorships go under for 'natural causes' there will STILL be an incredible mess of sloppy
atomic engineering which we will most likely have to pay for the cleanup of. Just as we did in Russia.