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The awesome manouverability of the SM-III LEAP warhead

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posted on May, 8 2008 @ 05:19 PM
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I came across this Japanese video which shows just how manouverable the LEAP interceptor is which sits atop the US Navy's SM-III anti-ballistic missile missile.





posted on May, 9 2008 @ 02:08 AM
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wow very impressive

how large is that projectile?



posted on May, 9 2008 @ 02:26 AM
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it is pretty cool! good find !


But i question the when it is in action! here we only see left,right,up,down!

How about some circle actions,sharp turns!



posted on May, 9 2008 @ 02:38 AM
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When it's in space it will be on the same ballistic trajectory as the incoming warhead so it can achieve a direct impact to destroy it. The thrusters are for last second velocity change/correction to ensure an impact; as such it really does not need to do anything more than move in those four directions.


[edit on 9-5-2008 by WestPoint23]



posted on May, 9 2008 @ 08:49 AM
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Originally posted by GUNSINWAR
But i question the when it is in action! here we only see left,right,up,down!
How about some circle actions,sharp turns!


Why?

Unless your ballistic target is maneuvering (it can't), there is no need to waste energy on maneuvers.

There is a direct relationship between your ability to hit the target and how much maneuvering you do before you get close.



posted on May, 9 2008 @ 10:54 AM
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Originally posted by punkinworks
wow very impressive

how large is that projectile?


It is pretty small, I think it only weighs about 55lbs. This video shows the size of it.



posted on May, 9 2008 @ 06:42 PM
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Nice Find, Rogue



posted on Dec, 14 2008 @ 11:22 AM
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good find

Here is an earlier American version.





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