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Originally posted by ch1466
Maybe the CIA has such a ring of black-constellation satellites up there that the area coverage of any given 1,000X1,000nm target zone doesn't have to obey the laws of 1-2 KH-11 type long-interval orbital mechanics.
Maybe they also have the bandwidth and processing capacity to auto-task from all the streaming video data on shapes and patterns of shapes so as to provide instantaneous real time targeting of these same totality regions.
But I doubt it. Because if they did, UBL would have been dead a long time ago.
And cheap conventional ballistics or aeroballistics (the SRAM dates back to 1972, Skybolt to 1962) would have long since become the derigeur choice for reactionary attacks on threats which are otherwise too fleeting to TLE lockdown in the interval between sighting and weapon carrier transit to LARs.
The air force said it had received White House approval for a $51m programme to convert 92 nuclear-tipped cruise missiles into conventional missiles, and fit a new guidance system. However, this still has to be ratified by Congress.