"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
Any missile defense system can be overpowered by sheer numbers so it is pointless to try and make us unbombable.
Last edited by iguanaman; 05-11-12 at 10:08 PM.
This is very cool, and exciting. If this interceptor proves reliable and accurate, it gives the US and its allies a huge advantage.
RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaSince 2002, a total of 19 SM-3 missiles have been fired in 16 different test events resulting in 16 intercepts against threat-representative full-size and more challenging subscale unitary and full-size targets with separating warheads. In addition, a modified Aegis BMD/SM-3 system successfully destroyed a malfunctioning U.S. satellite by hitting the satellite in the right spot to negate the hazardous fuel tank at the highest closure rate of any ballistic missile defense technology ever attempted.
The authors of the SM-3 study cited only tests involving unitary targets, and chose not to cite the five successful intercepts in six attempts against separating targets, which, because of their increased speed and small size, pose a much more challenging target for the SM-3 than a much larger unitary target missile. They also did not mention the fact the system is successfully intercepting targets much smaller than probable threat missiles on a routine basis, and have attained test scores that many other Defense Department programs aspire to attain.
I remember the anti-sat shot. It came after tracking the flight path for hundreds of orbits, and the 'kill' was iffy at best, the tank wasn't a real danger, even a glancing blow would be called a 'kill'.
I remember the Patriot 'successes' a hit but not a kill.
This latest test would have been better if first the target wasn't a Scud type, and the 'kill' given a more detail than, 'take our word for it'. Not knocking the idea of spending so much for so long in the hope of.... just I remember how successful the Sgt. York system was, until it was a failure.
But what the hey, if we get a new Tang out of it, then all is good...