Re: Anti-Ag-plane ruminations, was Re: first line of defense

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2001 - 10:33:47 MDT

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Spike Jones wrote:
> > If the terrorists have any brains, they would attack at night, after bashing
> > their running lights, so we would have no clue what we were shooting.
> Don't have to bash them, mostly, just don't turn them on. Pop the appropriate breakers.
> Getting best delivery on this stuff is tricky. There are a ton of variables.
> Still air near early morning has its points. SO much depends on the agent.
> VX is very different from our old buddy chlorine, etc.
> > This realization convinced me to skip the 200 clams on
> > a 30.06 and instead to drop 20 on a box of rifled slugs for
> > Mister 12 Gauge.
> Gee, why not drop 5 or 10 Large for a Gen III+ image intensifier or FLIR? :)
> > A far better idea is a ground based laser analogous to
> > the airborne and space based laser. Radar could follow
> > suspicious aircraft and if mischief were detected, could
> > slice off a wing quicksmart.
> Simpler than that. Blind the pilot. VERY doable. Mount them on tallish buildings.
> Of course, there are obvious countermeasures, but they don't work well for
> NOE flight.

I'm reminded of the dog that actually caught a car- "NOW what do I do?"
All that shooting down the plane accomplishes is to somewhat diminish
the distribution of the toxic/bio agent; the cost/benefit ratio of
shooting it down is not as high as we might wish. We need to think more
than one move's depth into the game.

Doug Jones, Rocket Plumber
XCOR Aerospace

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