Tactical nuclear weapons for missile defence

Discussion in 'Strategic Forces' started by shashi, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. shashi

    shashi Regular Member

    Dec 13, 2009
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    Dear Members,
    I would like to know whether it is possible for using very low yield tactical nuclear weapons for missile defence. Nuclear weapons if used at very high altitudes or outside the atmosphere) may not cause any adverse radoactive fallout and at the same time be a fool proof method for destroying incoming missiles ( even MIRVs) as well as disabling the electronics of the incoming missile through the strong EM pulse that is generated.
    I would welcome other members view on this matter
  3. ashicjose

    ashicjose Regular Member

    Sep 10, 2010
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    its possible but not practical ........we cant deploy n-missile for missiles defence in everywhere.
  4. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Mar 24, 2009
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    Soviets deployed nuclear tipped ABMs in the 70s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-35_anti-ballistic_missile_system

    In 1958, a topic of research by the U.S. was the test explosions of several low yield nuclear weapons at very high altitudes over the southern Atlantic ocean, launched from ships. The devices used were the 1.7 kt boosted fission W25 warhead. When such an explosion takes place a burst of X-rays are released that strike the Earth's atmosphere, causing secondary showers of charged particles over an area hundreds of miles across. The movement of these charged particles in the Earth's magnetic field causes a powerful EMP which induces very large currents in any conductive material. The purpose was to determine how much the EMP would interfere with radar tracking and other communications and the level of destruction of electronic circuitry aboard missiles and satellites. The project's results are not known, although similar so-called 'effects tests' were a regular feature of underground tests at the Nevada Test Site until 1992. These 'effects tests' are used to determine how resistant specific warheads, reentry vehicles (RVs) and other components are to exoatmospheric nuclear explosions.

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