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The true current extent of the US's ABM capability has been talked about. The window of opportunity for the Standard SM-3 missile against a medium range ballistic missile is very small - if the Iranian missile was launched from mid or Northern Iran it would be too high for an SM-3 intercept way before it even crossed into the Arabian Sea. Saying that the USN has the capability to shoot down an Iranian missile test launch is a bit like saying that Wales have a chance of winning the next World Cup ..... on paper maybe....
Originally posted by bothered
I'm not saying the US should intercept a missile, only they have the capability, which they do.
There are many countries with this capability, but it is considered aggression unless action is recognized by both parties. Of course, firing a missile after some of the comments that have been made isn't exactly good diplomatic standing.
I'm wary of suppositions that are based on the concept that the US military must be years further ahead than even they say they are.
Originally posted by Aim64C
Missiles aren't leading edge interception devices, anymore.
Currently in development - and most likely deployed in classified locations - are laser weapons on air, land, and sea assets.
Such systems have been capable of destroying artilery shells, tanks, missiles, radars, (presumably humans will be a viable target), planes, etc.
Although as far as missiles go - I would give a correctly placed battery a decent chance of intercepting an LRBM. This depends on many factors, including the missile being used to target the LRBM.
Although the Aegis cruiser can reportedly narrow its radar emissions into a narrow enough beam to act as a microwave and destroy large missiles.
So... lasers, missiles, and concentrated radar beams are at our disposal. I would say that, if we wanted to, we could destroy a missile with 100% certainty.