Can a nuclear missile be stopped in mid air?
- Anonymous1 month ago
Isn't that what missiles do to combat strikes in the first place? Interceptor missiles to try and neutralize it's target.
- Blue JackLv 61 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.
- STEVEN FLv 71 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.
- jeeper_peeper321Lv 72 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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- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 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.
- Anonymous2 months ago
There are anti-missile missiles but they won't stop the new hypersonic missiles.
- MercuriLv 72 months ago
Yes. You could intercept it with another missile. Or you could send it abort codes so it disarms.
- Jewel LittlenutsLv 72 months ago
It can be diverted away from you by firing a flare gun towards somewhere else and it will follow that instead.
- BobLv 62 months ago
Yes, but if they know their missiles will be shot down they will fire more missiles or use more warheads.