Can missiles be used to blow up ICBMs long before they reach the U.S?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    That is the sole purpose of some of them.

  • Jon
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Don't believe the hype....take it from the former top civilian adviser to our Chief of Naval Ops.....he basically pronounced our missile defense system.....Worthless...

  • 4 weeks ago

    In theory, yes. In practice, actually intercepting an ICBM is somewhat challenging.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes they can. If you have the technology, if you build them, if you have them in the right place, if you fire them fast enough, etc. Keep in mind modern ICBMs can have up to ten warheads in each so if the enemy fires one missile at us it could result in ten separate warheads coming down. It would take ten missiles to stop those ten warheads. I would put my bet on the some of them getting thru even if we did have missiles ready to use. Bottom line, figure over a 90% probability that if someone fires at the USA the USA is going to get hit somewhere.

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The US has the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, although technically it hits the warhead.

    You can read about it on the internet.  Start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground-Based_Midcour...

  • 4 weeks ago

    There are missiles that are made to blow up other missiles. But if somebody launch is 1000 missiles at you it's 500 of them are going to get through! If somebody launch is a single missile it probably won't even be detected until it's too late to do anything about it. But the answer to the question is yes back in the year 1969 they launched a test rocket which went crazy and they sent up an anti-ballistic missile to destroy it and they took it out before it hit the ground

  • 4 weeks ago

    nope, ICMB's are used to get the warheads into space, so they basiclly go straight up

    you'd have to have a missile inside the country that launched the icbm to be able to shoot the icbm down.

    • STEVEN F
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      WRONG. Which part of BALLISTIC do you not understand?

  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Yes. They're called ABMs (Anti-Ballistic Missiles). But they're not 100% effective. A massive nuclear assault from Russia, the US expects it would be able to knock out at best 70% of the missiles, the ICBMs in the north being more likely to strike because in the south, we'd get more than one crack at them, meaning we get a second shot at the ICBMs that the first volley of ABMs missed.

    It's actually pretty incredible that they're even that effective because knocking a supersonic ICBM out of the sky with an ABM is tantamount to a sniper shooting at you from across an open field and you trying to knock the bullet out of the air before it gets to you by shooting and hitting it with a bullet fired from a gun you have.

    • Infinity
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      How close do ABM's need to get to the target?

  • .
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    They go more than 15,000 mph, so probably not.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes. But not ALL of them if a total nuclear war starts. Also, if you blow up nuclear weapon, you're still blowing up a nuclear weapon. And even though there wouldn't be a nuclear explosion, there would be radiation fallout.

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