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What type of air defenses does the US have?

Are there SAM areas in the US to defend against an air attack?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Inside the US, nothing special. The defense is broken into outward looking radar, much less useful inward facing radars which require transponders and codes, and performance and height regulations which would make it hard for an enemy aircraft to blend in.

    The outward facing radar is the most impressive, its the most capable ever made. Its called "PAVE MAWS" and is made of several radars which are the size of office buildings. They cannot be hidden, and so are not secret. You can go read more about them if you like. They have ranges from 2500 miles to 15,000 miles, depending on the station. They have from 2500 to 25,000 radar units installed on the face of the building. They are fixed in place, and so can only see outward. They work incredibly well. Even the smaller ones, like that on cape cod, can see all the way down the east coast, across the Gulf of mexico, and part of mexico and Venezuela. The largest one can see most of Russia, and track missile launches into space. They all work by the way light bends in different fluids and gases, and so they can see over the horizon as if it was a straight line. Its much like how long wave radio works, but its much more detailed.

    When inside the country, they have much less powerful radars which have to be teamed with transponders in order to track friendly and civilian traffic. There are two kinds of civilian traffic, and one of them is directly controlled by air traffic control. This is called instrument flight rules (IFR). The other kind is VFR, Visual flight rules. Visual must be below a certain height and speed, and so it would be incredibly hard for a military aircraft not to be spotted. Many jets and bombers cannot even fly slow enough to follow the rules. They would stand out pretty badly, and so would be easier to track during an attack.

    The enemy also would have little luck posing as an IFR flight, as they would need to take off from a known base, or assume the identify of a pre-filed flight plan from a small airfield. An large aircraft flying at high speed would gain far too much attention, especially if it can from outside US airspace.

    The rules which civilian planes want to follow also make it hard for enemy aircraft not to be seen. The combination of aircraft flight behavior, speed, altitude, and tranponders, really would make it impossible to get inside the country with a bomber or fighter. The performance of the aircraft, as well as the flight plans and altitude, would really draw too much attention. If they were to fly high, they would need a IFR flight plan to not be noticed right away, and if they were VFR, their speed would give them away, as speed is limited to 265 knots.

    Its not failsafe, but it makes it hard on the enemy, but easy on the civilians. Its really all about behavior of the aircraft, its just very hard to mask intentions.

  • Dylan
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    yes, little do you know, there are almost always f18s and planes like that flying all over the white house, and the pentagon. if any unidentified aircraft flies into that zone, they WILL be shot down.

    aswell as we have missiles that detect if a nuclear missile from another country, or anywhere, has been fired off, and they are programmed to launch, and take out the missile in mid-air without us even knowing. they could not tell the public if they choose too.

  • 1 decade ago

    probably at the white house norad and the pentagon after 9/11

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The best dam defense in the world.

    D

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. We only have a couple of 22's. Feel free to test your luck. I have these two personally...

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    18" barrel, 10 round magazine, semi auto

    http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/N...

    21" barrel, 10 round magazine, bolt action, 4x20 scope

    I will defend my country.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do you think that maybe a lot of that is secret?

  • 1 decade ago

    You sound like a terrorist. That information is classified.

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