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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:20 PM
Most areas around the US, you would be hard pressed to find any kind of defenses, other than aircraft. However, if you were to travel Washington DC, you would find many Avenger, vehicle mounted Surface to Air Missile systems. You'd even find some hard mounted to the top of buildings.

The Avenger uses the FIM-92 Stinger infrared missile, and is only effective for short range targets. It also has a fairly light warhead, so use against anything large would require several missiles minimum.

From the center of the city out, for a range of 15 miles is the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). It's a multiple layer defense zone that covers a bubble of the city. The entire layer is patrolled by active defenses, such as QRA F-16s, and Coast Guard helicopters with message boards hanging in the doors. The inner layer consists of the Avenger systems around the Mall, and the Pentagon (since 9/11, not before), both mobile and fixed sites.

The middle ring is where things get interesting. There is a defense system there capable of covering almost the entire FRZ, regardless of size or vector to the target, that not a lot is known about.

Let me introduce you to the NASAMS. NASAMS stands for National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System. It consists of a fixed launcher with a "six pack" of missiles. It has a self enclosed sensor system, including radar, and electro-optical sensors placed around the launcher system. It's modular, and capable of integrating into existing defense systems quite easily.

The missile is based on the AIM-120 AMRAAM, known as the SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile). It loses range on the AMRAAM, being ground launched (range is estimated between 8 and 20 miles depending on source). It has seen success in Europe, although it never found large sales in the US. The Norwegian version of the SLAMRAAM system is in its second generation, and a third generation is planned based on the Evolved Sea Sparrow system.

The NASAMS began to show up in 2005 and are in no way hidden from view. They have been placed alongside roadways, and near targets that are high on a list that someone might want to destroy.



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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:08 PM
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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:19 PM
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It only took them almost a year to get it done.

posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:25 PM
That's interesting to know but what did they have pre- 9/11? I know the Secret service had some type of SAMs as they anticipated a possible shootdown of incoming aircraft and i find it impossible to believe the Pentagon had nothing to defend from air attacks (aside from scrambled fighters).
Also, what is your source for the information you provided?
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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:38 PM
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They had MANPADS Stingers at the White House and around certain areas of Washington, but not much else. A Stinger won't stop a 757 sized target, unless you have a bunch of them, and can volley them.

There are a number of sources online, including ones that show some of the batteries.

Fort Belvior NASAMS

Naval Yard Avengers

Caderock NASAMS

Andrews NASAMS

HMX-1 Avengers

In 2006 the Norwegian magazine Økonomisk Rapport (Economic Report) revealed that several NASAMS were used to guard air space over Washington, D.C. during the 2005 presidential inauguration. According to the report, the same NASAMS units has since been used to protect air space around the White House. The magazine had gotten access to the deal which mentioned specifically that the equipment be used for protection of the President in Washington. Director Tore Sannes of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace refused to comment, other than acknowledging that they had made a weapon systems deal with US military contractor Raytheon and the USAF.

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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 06:53 PM
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Very cool! Thanks!
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