posted on Apr, 13 2013 @ 03:28 AM
ICBM = most capable types are MIRV (Multiple Independent Re-Entry Vehicle) this is a concept where each missile has multiple payloads with a mix of
warheads and decoys. Usually, more decoys than warheads, since the more modern missiles are SUPER expensive, the thinking (as idiotic as it is) is
that if your going to spend all that money and sweat on maintaining these things, then it had better reach it target.. The higher and faster you
launch them, the less likelihood you can intercept them. It's better to get them before the warhead section 'blossoms' as previously stated above, in
the boost stage, this is what the U.S. anti-missile systems currently try to do. The problem with a ballistic missile, is it doesn't 'orbit' the
warheads, it just lobs them at a point on the face of the Earth, getting out of the atmosphere is what kills the range, the smaller the booster, the
'smaller' the arc of the throw, the lower the range. The DPRK 'rockets' aren't that powerful, yet, but they are making them bigger all the time.
They're warhead technology isn't really sophisticated, mostly they are trying to make sure, at a minimum, it goes off if they use it. When DPRK begins
building MIRV capable missiles, that's a sleepless night right there. The bad thing about the MIRV, decoys are configured to proceed the actual
warheads back into the atmosphere, and may be configures as electronic warfare or EMP device. The problem being, the radars and sensors needed to put
the interceptor missile and the warhead in the appropriate 3D space where the warhead of the interceptor can reach a point lethal to the warhead, if
the decoys can degrade these sensors, odds are, the warhead gets through.So the problem then becomes, which is the decoy, which is the warhead, and
what type of decoys are deployed. Most of the modern sophisticated MIRV's carry Electronic warfare, EMP, Electro Optical, and Thermal countermeasures.
If these things start flying, I'm not worried, where I live is in a DEFINITE kill zone. I'm gonna pour me a drink, sit back, and wait for the nuclear
anesthetic to take effect. Hope this helps.
edit on 13/4/2013 by CarbonBase because: Spelling and Good Night! See ya ATS some other