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China is building a new class of ballistic missiles designed to arc through the stratosphere and explode onto the deck of a U.S. carrier, killing sailors and crippling its flight deck.
The stratosphere is situated between about 10 km (6 mi) and 50 km (30 mi) altitude above the surface at moderate latitudes, while at the poles it starts at about 8 km (5 mi) altitude.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
and simply let it sit down there like so much junk on the bottom until a Carrier sails directly OVER it...then the time from launch to impact MIGHT give the crew time to mutter some expletives about how life really sucks......but I doubt they'd even have that much time.edit on 4-1-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)
U.S. defense analysts say the missile is designed to come in at an angle too high for U.S. defenses against sea-skimming cruise missiles and too low for defenses against other ballistic missiles.
Originally posted by Skewed
On the other hand, a friend during that time was on CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln and he told me that they clocked their ship at 30 knots in reverse