Re: Anti Zeppelin systems

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 02:58:54 MDT

John Clark wrote:
> Spike Jones <> Wrote:
> > The commies could fire a number of identical decoy
> > rockets simultaneously, and those decoys *really would* be impossible to
> > distinguish from the real one.
> It seems to me that a realistic boost phase decoy would be almost as expensive
> as the real thing and that is the entire advantage of a decoy

No, decoys are supposed to be cheap. If they cost as much as the real
thing, you might as well stick some nukes on them.

> >>Me:
> >>just convince China to let you build the ABM
> >>system on the China-Korea border.
> > Or on the South Korean border. They might be a bit
> > more open to negotiation than the Chinese.
> It wouldn't work. To hit the USA the ICBM would follow the great circle route
> north over the pole, it has to be China. Or better yet maybe we could convince
> North Korea to let us build the ABM system right there, if you were close
> enough to the launch area you could shoot one down with a revolver.
> Maybe pigs will fly too.

Actually, Hokkaido Island in Japan is in an excellent position to
launch, which is why Clinton and the Japanese were talking about
'theater missile' systems for the Self Defense Forces. A souped up
theater missile could potentially be a boost phase interceptor.

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