reply to post by pslr2301
The materiel available on the foreign market will never include the newest, biggest, and baddest retained by their originating developers. So yes,
we'd have access to things NK does not, of course. So does China and Russia, for that matter....etc.
After a NK launch, many things would happen (as I understand it).
U.S. Defense Support Program satellites, which sense the infrared radiation of enemy missiles rising from their launch pads, would detect the launch
and feed the information to SAC.
SAC would use Satellite-mounted HELs (High Energy Lasers) to try and first thwart the missle in the pre-boost phase.
During these same few minutes, SAC would utilize the GMD (Ground-based Midcourse Defense) system in Alaska to launch interceptors (probably 3 per
missile) to take it out in the midcourse phase, in case the HELs miss. (each interceptor has a kill vehicle that then launches at the missile)
If these measures failed, and the missile reached the terminal phase (descending to the target), then Patriot-like (though much improved) missile
batteries and the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system would be launched at the incoming missile.
Now, all that said, it isn't full-proof by any means...and the chance of success diminishes with the number of inbounds that must be defended against.
Of course, during all this time, conventional cruise missiles are on the way to the launch site, as are stealth drones, fighters and bombers to take
out any AA defenses.
After air superiority is achieved, more conventional aircraft and ground forces move in.
edit on 8-3-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason