Re: Anti Zeppelin systems

From: John Clark (
Date: Thu Jul 27 2000 - 22:25:57 MDT

Michael S. Lorrey <> Wrote:

> Would not the MIRV's electronics get fried by induction currents or induction
> heating as it passes through, making the control electronics useless?

The warhead is moving about 5 miles a second so if the bomb that makes
the cloud goes off just 40 seconds before then the warhead is 200 miles away
from the source of the EMP. And the electronics don't need to be very complex,
not like those in a ABM system with complex computers and huge antennas
connected to temperamental RADAR electronics, the warhead would just need a
simple timing circuit to know to go off X seconds after it hits the atmosphere as
determined by a mechanical accelerometer like those found in air bags.

> Additionally, putting that plasma in the path of the warhead would cause
> additional friction,

I don't see why, if anything the plasma cloud would be slightly less dense than
normal atmospheric conditions because it's slightly warmer.

          John K Clark


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