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Originally posted by Simon666
Was the T-2 Shot Down by the U.S. Missile Defense? You wish. As many have pointed out, interception within 40 seconds is pretty much impossible and that laser doesn't have the range. It's not like North Korean missiles haven't failed like that before. The US would also be the first to boast if they shot it down.
Originally posted by cpdaman
if the u.s caused this missle to fail (who knows) i beleive haarp was the reason
Originally posted by Zaphod58
If the challenging technology can be developed as planned, the YAL-1A Airborne Laser will become USAF’s first operational airborne laser weapon. Plans call for the ABL to take its first realistic test shot at the end of 2008. The ABL is, essentially, a 747-type cargo aircraft equipped with a powerful chemical laser weapon, primed for shooting down ballistic missiles in their boost phase.
Even if ABL WAS there, it would have to be within 25 miles (max range of the laser is currently 23 miles), and would have to ID, track, lock on, and heat the missile IMMEDIATELY. There is no way that ANY human controlled system can shoot down a missile in 40 seconds.
Originally posted by intelgurl
Word on the street however is that the US intel community wanted the missile to fire so they could update their assesments of North Korea's ICBM capabilities.
U.S. Readies System For Missile Detection
By Thomas E. Ricks and Joohee Cho
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 21, 2006; Page A15
There are nine interceptor missiles based in Alaska and two in California. They are at the core of a complex system that connects launch data from satellites and radars on land and aboard ships, and transmits the data to command-and-control facilities, where senior commanders make decisions about whether to launch interceptors. The system has not successfully intercepted a missile in its current configuration.
U.S. government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, played down the likelihood of the new anti-missile system being used in this situation because, they said, it is not yet clear whether North Korea will send a missile aloft -- or if it does, whether it would head anywhere near U.S. territory. Nor would the U.S. government want to risk an embarrassing failure of its system, they said, and it is possible that the missile could carry a satellite into space, rather than arc back to earth.
In Seoul, a South Korean official said his government is skeptical of U.S. intelligence indicating that North Korea is preparing to launch a new, larger version of the Taepodong-2 missile capable of hitting the West Coast of the United States. He said his government is not particularly alarmed by the situation and "doesn't understand why there is such fuss in other countries on this."
Originally posted by intelgurl
Point of Correction:
The megawatt ABL has a range in the hundreds of miles.
The Laser which you are referring to in the Air Force Magazine article is the “kilowatt-class” laser that can be fitted into smaller aircraft spcifically the 100-kilowatt laser planned for the F-35 fighter. It is this laser that has the 23 mile range.
The ABL's range, worst case scenario is 300 kilometers or approximately 190 miles. The best case scenario puts the range further than that.
Originally posted by nsanavy
All I can say is I doubt they would waste a missle unless it arched over and was heading toward the U.S. Then George would have an excuse to attack N. Korea.
After trying for years to develop an interceptor that could discriminate between warheads and decoys — and kill only the warhead — it has given up on that goal. Instead, it wants to spend $2.4 billion through 2011 developing a "Multiple Kill Vehicle" that will unleash a dozen or more mini-interceptors to destroy all potential warheads. "This reduces the burden on sensors and algorithms, which no longer need to be programmed to select one, best target," the Pentagon says.
Originally posted by Ivanova
Recently there was a rumor that Kim Jong made a secret trip to the Kremlin.
I can see it all now...
There stands Russia's Tsar complete with Navy hat... poised and ready to shoot...
He yells at Kim Jong...
The launched missiles fell down on the territory which is closer to Russia than to Japan.
They all fell down in the north-western part of the Sea of Japan. The missiles went down to the sea floor inside Russia’s 200-mile economic area. One of the missiles hit the sea surface only several dozens of kilometers far from the town of Nakhodka, the Far East of Russia.
The SM-3 is exo-atmospheric hit-to-kill vehicle. In the tests that have been conducted, it intercepts its target at about 90 miles in altitude. It's simply not designed to be able to track and intercept a missile in boost phase. The ABL is the only missile defense system that is designed to take out the target while in boost.
Originally posted by centurion1211
Really? So, what would the profile of a shoot down by a SM-3 missile from a ship in nearby waters look like? And don't forget that there were U.S. Aegis warships in the area.