Can nuclear missiles reach America?
Realistically can any country attack America with a nuclear missile or we would most likely be able to shoot them down? If so how and which country?
- Victor MeldrewLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
Russian missiles are Mirved meaning that one missile leaving Russia might 32 when the warheads reenter the atmosphere. We have nothing that could handle that. Multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles. Look it up.
The military purpose of a MIRV is fourfold:
Enhance first strike proficiency for U.S. strategic forces.
Providing greater target damage for a given thermonuclear weapon payload. Several small warheads cause much more target damage area than a single warhead alone. This in turn reduces the number of missiles and launch facilities required for a given destruction level - much the same as the purpose of a cluster munition.
With single warhead missiles, one missile must be launched for each target. By contrast with a MIRV warhead, the post-boost (or bus) stage can dispense the warheads against multiple targets across a broad area.
Reduces the effectiveness of an anti-ballistic missile system that relies on intercepting individual warheads. While a MIRV attacking missile can have multiple warheads (3–12 on United States missiles and 3-10 on Russian), interceptors may have only one warhead per missile. Thus, in both a military and an economic sense, MIRVs render ABM systems less effective, as the costs of maintaining a workable defense against MIRVs would greatly increase, requiring multiple defensive missiles for each offensive one. Decoy reentry vehicles can be used alongside actual warheads to minimize the chances of the actual warheads being intercepted before they reach their targets. A system that destroys the missile earlier in its trajectory (before MIRV separation) is not affected by this but is more difficult, and thus more expensive to implement.
- 6 years ago
No, it's impossible to shoot ballistic missiles down particularly if there are a couple of hundred of them. Several countries have the capability to do this. Missile defense systems have to be on alert and can intercept a relatively small number usually from an unsophisticated adversary.
- JabberwockyLv 66 years ago
Russian missiles can reach all points in the U.S. Less than half of them could be shot down.
- Anonymous6 years ago
YES it is almost impossible to stop an incoming missile attack.
and if you could the enemy could just smuggle them in in a bale of drugs
I worked on that in the 60s.
the "real" warhead is mixed with hundreds or thousands of decoys in space.
and any Nuclear explosion in space will "blind" your won radar defense.
the Israeli "Iron dome" shoots down small slow Low rocket missiles. sometimes! if only ONE nuke got through that would wipe out the defense.
BS physics, held top secret Nuclear clearance in late 1960s
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- Larry PhischmanLv 76 years ago
Theoretically, Russia, the UK, France, China, and possibly India, could nuke American soil if they wanted. We don't have a missile defense system. The only country that does is Russia, but it probably doesn't work.
- Alex NeroLv 76 years ago
The only real threats are China and Russia.However,it is my belief the US does have an operational space weapons system ,which includes both missiles and laser weapons.I feel relatively safe.
- Anonymous6 years ago
Yes. It is just practically impossible to halt an incoming missile attack.
- mommanukeLv 76 years ago
Yes, dropped by bombers or shot from subs. The Russians are the only ones with working subs that could do it, but both China and Russia have bombers.
- The ActionistLv 76 years ago
Oh yeah. Russia and China has nukes that can travel the globe
- KiniLv 76 years ago
Nobody since the U.S. would know by its early warning systems everywhere in the world who was launching what.