Does the USA have an affective missile shield?
NEMP added to the below makes an affective shield only if we have enough intercept missiles, so, are the 2,000 Patriot batteries owned by theusa sufficient? how many boost phasedinterectptors do we really have, they were building like mad at Vandenburg when i was there??!!
Ballistic missiles have become a serious threat to international security. Missiles are fast, traveling up to 15,000 mph. They can cover long distances, with the most advanced missiles reaching into space and traveling over the North Pole to hit targets. Because they are expensive and can carry only small payloads, rogue countries are more likely to outfit them with weapons of mass destruction.
Countries must be able to detect a missile launch, track an incoming missile or warhead, and then intercept it.
The United States and its allies have developed several overlapping systems to stop missile attacks. Raytheon plays a major role in almost every one of them.
We are, quite simply, the most trusted global partner in missile defense.
Raytheon's powerful AN/TPY-2 radar can discriminate between threats and other objects.
Stopping a missile attack begins with detecting a launch. Space-Tracking and Surveillance System-Demonstrator (STSS-D) satellites carrying Raytheon-built sensors can spot multiple missile launches and beam the information to ships and interceptors.
Early warnings also come from the Sea-based X-Band Radar (SBX), a nine-story-high radar mounted on a converted oil drilling platform. The AN/TPY-2 radar, a mobile radar mounted on a semi truck chassis, provides warning from sites on land.
Raytheon also makes airborne equipment that can detect missile launches, including Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors and the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevator Netted Sensor System (JLENS), a radar system carried by tethered airships.
Upgraded Early Warning Radars are building-sized radars based in California, Alaska, the United Kingdom and Greenland. They and the AN/TPY-2 radar provide tracking information out to 3,000 miles.
Working together, these systems provide detailed information about a missile’s type, trajectory and possible target. They can also help identify a warhead if it is accompanied by decoys.
The Standard Missile-3 can intercept missiles while they are still in space.
The United States and its allies use overlapping layers of long-range, mid-range and short-range interceptors to shoot down missiles and incoming warheads at a variety of altitudes.
Aegis: This system is carried on warships. It fires the Raytheon-built Standard Missile family of interceptors. The Standard Missile-3 releases a small, non-explosive “kill warhead” that smashes into missiles in space.
The United States is developing a land-based version of Aegis that can be deployed in Eastern Europe. Raytheon is also developing advanced versions of the SM-3, known as the IB and IIA variants. The IIA is a joint project with Japan.
Raytheon is also expanding the capabilities of its sea-based Standard Missile-6 to defend against ballistic missiles in the last phase of their flight.
Ground-based Midcourse Defense: This system uses large, powerful Ground-Based Interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in Alaska and California. The interceptors carry Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which uses sensors and small thrusters to slam itself into warheads. GBIs can reach targets at the highest point in their arc, known as the mid-course phase of flight.
Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD): This land-based system is designed to shoot down threats as they descend from outer space into the upper atmosphere. A Raytheon-built AN/TPY-2 radar detects the threat launch, then guides them toward their targets.
Patriot: This short-range system uses a truck-size radar and launcher. It can fire either the Guided Enhanced Missile (GEM-T), which carries an explosive charge, or the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile, which destroys threats by slamming into them. A new version of the PAC-3 missile, known as the Missile Segment Enhancement, adds a more powerful motor and larger fins.
The Patriot can also defend against aircraft and cruise missiles. Twelve countries use the Patriot system.
Hawk XXI: A short-range system used by 17 nations, the Hawk XXI can defend against aircraft, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles. It works seamlessly with the Patriot or NASAMS systems.
National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System: NASAMS can fire three different Raytheon missiles: the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, the AMRAAM and the AIM-9X.
The SM-3 kill vehicle destroys targets through the sheer force of impact.
- dothan_mikeLv 56 years agoFavorite Answer
Sorry, other then the title, I seem to have missed the question, but I will answer the best I can while ignoring all of the text.
A "missile shield" is more or less a misnomer. There really is no such thing, and any claims for such are for political or propaganda purposes. A missile shield is impossible, because it is impossible to place enough launch systems and missiles in place to stop everything that is inbound.
The best we can hope for is to place them where missiles are most likely to land, major political and industrial centers, and military bases. But if somebody really wants to nuke Memphis TN, there is not much we can do to stop them.
The biggest reason why we do not have a "missile shield" is simply expense and internal politics. Sure, we COULD place a couple of batteries of PATRIOT missiles in each major city in the country, but this would be so expensive that it would bankrupt the country.
The systems like mid-phase and the other systems based in Alaska and California are still in testing, and are nowhere near ready for actual deployment. And if they ever are, they will require huge expense and construction efforts to build their permanent launch sites.
Also this is not really done because there is no real reason to. The Cold War ended in 1992, and the threat from ICBMs is practically nothing. We keep testing and developing new systems in the event they are ever needed, but there is no reason to build more then a few of any system that is not portable (like PATRIOT and THAAD).Source(s): 10 years USMC 7 years US Army 5 years Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT)
- Warren TLv 76 years ago
If after Iran gets nuclear weapons they launch several at the United States, we could probably stop them but if Russia or China launched a nuclear attack on the United States there would be no way to completely stop it
- 6 years ago
Holy wall of text, Batman.
And the answer is yes, although your definition of "effective" factors into that.Source(s): Active-duty Navy
- Anonymous6 years ago
They do unless China, Russia, Iran, and Other countries launch at the same time.Source(s): "I DON'T CARE"