posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 11:44 AM
How is this Chinese missile targeted? Does it rely on satellites? If so it is useless after the opening salvo. The US has long focused on the
incapacitation of enemy satellites. While we hear about shooting satellites down that is not how the US plans to eliminate them.
The US did shoot one down not long ago. Some say it was because of toxic fuel onboard, others claim it was to show China that the US can shoot
satellites, too. This happened shortly after china succeeded in downing a sat. I doubt the US felt compelled to prove it could shoot down a sat. I
think it's a foregone conclusion that the US can.
Since the sat killing F15 program was shut down the US has focused on eliminating sats without destroying them. It is secretive. Nobody really knows
what the US capabilities are. I would expect that chinese sats would blink out or be taken over in a matter of hours if need be. I wouldn't be
surprised if US sats were attacked in the same way.
This is an area that the US has devoted a lot of resources in and that is held close to the chest. Rapidly deployable mini sats are probably in the
inventory. US sat designers have developed plug and play satellites where components can be simply plugged into a core system to create various
capabilities, not next year, but over night. They can go from the placement of an order to being deployed in a short time frame. How short? We don't
It is a foregone conclusion that the US will own space. If a Chinese missile cannot find its' target without satellite assistance (and I don't how
it could considering that the carrier moves at 33+ knots, the distances involved, and the terminal velocity of the warhead) then the missile is not a
I'd also like to mention that a missile is a narrow spectrum weapon. It is a one hit wonder. No narrow spectrum weapon has ever been effective enough
against a broad spectrum weapon (tank, aircraft, ship) to render it useless. Broad spectrum weapons have a lot of operating flexibility and defensive
options. Torpedoes, anti tank, air, and ship missiles have never proven effective enough to defeat the broad capabilities of tanks, aircraft, and
ships well enough to relegate them to history. I doubt the Chinese have accomplished this.
US missile defense has defeated 95% of threat simulations posed by these advanced Chinese (and Russian sunburns) missiles, which have not even hit a
moving target in tests to my knowledge.