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The overall effect has been to incorporate those technologies that increase the range of plasma-based cruise missiles, such as MHD engines, variable shape geometry, and MIL-ORB cloaking subsystems, while moving the aerodynamic and mass centers of gravity closer together.
the survivability of an advanced plasma cruise missile after it is launched does not depend anymore on the interval between the time that enemy air defense systems detect its presence and the time it takes for the cruise missile to arrive at its designated target. First, the enemy cannot detect the APCM by conventional means; second, its speed in excess of Mach 26 makes its interception simply impossible.
a stealthy APCM-NAVY-NSCC17 craft has a radar cross section of -120 dB, therefore once the APC missile is launched it would be detected less than fifteen seconds before it arrived at the target.
The use of directed energy weapons for APCMs would dramatically reduce the engagement time because the time required for the energy to travel to the cruise missile is essentially zero. However, the actual time for engagement would not be zero because it takes some time to aim the beam at the cruise missile and for the kill mechanism to have its desired effect. The principal disadvantage to directed energy systems is that they are essentially line-of-sight weapons, and as APCMs are not seen, there is no line-of-sight at all.
originally posted by: CatrionaBeldame
a reply to: abeverage
I've only seen some of them, and the ones I've watched haven't been that at all. There are over one hundred videos now, and it will take some time for me to get through them. I have an open mind, and look at things differently, and I see beauty in everything. And no, I didn't miss anything. As I said, I read every page of this thread, and every post. I know what's been said about the videos. That isn't going to stop me from watching them, or stop me from looking at their site, and learning all I can. I find the videos fascinating, the way they've been put together, the music, the images, everything. That isn't something that I know how to do, and it makes me wonder how they did it. I know you have, and others have, and I take that into account. I will.
The 14th Annual Herzliya Conference will focus on the future of the Middle East and its implications for Israel’s national security and resilience. The tectonic motions resulting from the global geopolitical and economic shifts and from the Middle East regional turmoil have yet to settle. These transformative trends warrant a reflection on the future of the Middle East and an assessment of risks and opportunities for Israel and the world.
Positioned in the eye of these storms, Israel must re-examine its national security doctrine and foreign policy and also engage in strategic thinking that will explore possible ways to revive societal resilience and to reinforce solidarity and social entrepreneurship.
Convening shortly after the nine-month timeframe of the US-led Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and just ahead of the six-month timeframe of the P5+1-Iran negotiations, the 2014 Herzliya Conference will be particularly timely to assess the future of the Middle East and its possible implications for Israel. Thus, the Conference will portray plausible scenarios and game-changing trends, explore risks and opportunities, assess alternative courses for managing the challenges, and develop new strategic directions.
Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation and reflecting its heritage and contribution, the Conference will also address topical issues on Israel’s national agenda, including education, economy, and how to revive its spirit of pioneering and philanthropy.
Herzliya 2014 will feature Israeli and world leaders of government, business, military, academia, social society, and media. Specially-commissioned senior taskforces will address the principal themes in the Conference agenda and develop concrete policy recommendations. At the Conference, high-level moderated plenary sessions and Herzliya Roundtable discussions (some of which attended by special invitation only) will deliberate the taskforce reports
Who among the endangered denizens has seen these trends? I hesitate to mention, research or dare conceive. A brilliant, brilliant design - to continue research is to drive it closer - a strange, strange attractor indeed.