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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Missile Defense - Why are we bothering again?

It seems that Chimpy W. McBushitler is still pushing advancements missile defense technology. Which is weird, since all of the knowledgeable people in this world know that such an accomplishment is impossible - IMPOSSIBLE!!!! - and we should really be focusing on how to increase public assistance to everyone who isn't happy and readying ourselves for the coming North Korean overlord, who will blackmail us into submission after nuking LA.

Anyway, we are apparently having some success with a missile defense system - regardless of what the nattering naybobs of negativity are saying:

Missile-Defense System Test Succeeds
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Apr 6, 11:42 PM (ET)


HONOLULU (AP) - The military shot down a Scud-type missile in this year's second successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Friday.

A ship off Kauai fired a target missile before 9 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Thursday. Three minutes later, soldiers with the U.S. Army's 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade launched an interceptor missile from Kauai that destroyed the target over the Pacific, according to the agency.

The military says it already can shoot down missiles in their last stage of flight by using Patriot anti-missile batteries. But the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system would be able to protect larger areas than the Patriot system because it intercepts targets at a higher altitude, said agency spokeswoman Pam Rogers.

The new system had its first successful test last year at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It had another successful test Jan. 27 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

A September test at White Sands failed when the target missile failed after launch.

The Missile Defense Agency moved its testing for the Terminal High Altitude Defense system to Hawaii because the New Mexico range was not large enough for the military to do the testing it wanted, Rogers said.

The military also uses the Pacific Missile Range Facility to test Aegis technology that's designed to shoot down ballistic missiles midway through their flight.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
George said...

The May 2007 issue of Air & Space magazine (published by Smithsonian) has an article titled "Can We Stop a Nuke?" by Ben Iannotta. He's pretty neutral in that he points to successes and failures; cites proponents and critics. One of the critics is one Philip Coyle, whose claim to fame seems to be having been a weapons designer at Livermore Labs.

Coyle's main arguement against is that the enemy can always make the intercept problem more difficult. That, of course has always been the case and is no reason to not try and stop something as destructive as a nuclear weapon from striking its target -- especially from a pipsqueak like North Korea or Iran.

If LA ever does go up in a mushroom cloud, however, you can already hear whatever survivors there are on the Left asking what we did to make them want to do that.