Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 2 months ago

Can a nuclear missile be stopped in mid air?

17 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Isn't that what missiles do to combat strikes in the first place? Interceptor missiles to try and neutralize it's target.

  • 1 month ago

    You didn't say whether it was a cruise missile, SLBM, or ICBM. The military has weapons that can shoot down incoming cruise missiles, but the other two are almost impossible to hit due to their speed and high trajectory.

  • 1 month ago

    Having a nuclear payload has ZERO impact on if the missile can be intercepted in flight. There are systems that are quite effective in intercepting missiles if there trajectory can be determined early enough. The closer the missile is to the target, the more difficult it is to stop.

    Note: Due to the nature of nuclear weapons, blowing up the warhead in flight would generally not trigger a nuclear detonation.

  • 2 months ago

    Missiles don't work that way.

    wjhen a ICBM is fired, it goes up to space-- there is no way to prevent that

    once in space thr main buss is fired which separates from the missile

    a missile with a MIRV warhead, will have 8 or 10 different payload packages aboard.

    most will be nuke warheads, but some will be decoys

    the warhead and decoys are traveling about 18,000 mph, so they are basically impossible to hit

    we have some missile that they have tested to hit the reentry payload, but we don't have enough to stop a full scale launch/

    the first picture are the reentry payloads for a minuteman missile

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes and no.   If an enemy such as North Korea fires one missile with one warhead we probably can stop it.   If if an enemy like Russia fires 50 missiles each with ten warheads then a bunch of them are going to get thru because we do not have the capability of stopping 500 incoming warheads.   In other words,   even with Reagan pushing Star Wars if we have a full scale nuclear war we are all pretty well screwed.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There are anti-missile missiles but they won't stop the new hypersonic missiles.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes. You could intercept it with another missile. Or you could send it abort codes so it disarms.

  • 2 months ago

    It can be diverted away from you by firing a flare gun towards somewhere else and it will follow that instead.

  • Bob
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Yes, but if they know their missiles will be shot down they will fire more missiles or use more warheads. 

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