If China wanted to drop a nuke in LA, how would they do it?

jEct2

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Leave your P&N stuff out the door, this is for sheer technical curiousity only.

How do they deploy nukes overseas?
Bring a plane and drop it or shoot a rocket containing the nuke?
What kind of rocket can travel for 20+ hours across the pacific sea?

How would US intercept it? What are some REAL detection barriers we have that is operating online?

Who would really notice if a small plane was to enter the LA bay?

 

So

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IIRC, they have Ballistic missiles, Not sure if they are intercontinental range, but considering they put a man into LEO, I'd bet they are.

As for our ability to intercept it. Now: No. Ten years from now: Probably.
 

jEct2

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Originally posted by: So
IIRC, they have Ballistic missiles, Not sure if they are intercontinental range, but considering they put a man into LEO, I'd bet they are.

As for our ability to intercept it. Now: No. Ten years from now: Probably.
Right, the sky over LA is too damn big to sweep on a daily basis... I figured.
 

So

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BTW: interception can be done two ways.

1. Reagan system: Satellite in orbit. Blow it up on takeoff with a laser. Make launching a nuke at the US == a dirty bomb on the nation that launched it
2. Bush Jr. System: Launch a missile at the missile as ot comes in. Dirty bomb on us, no boom.

Advantages of Reagan system: Ideal method of operation, but we don't have NEARLY powerful enough lasers and it would require satellites w/ nuclear reactors on board.
Advantages of Bush system: Much more possible with current technology, no orbiting nuclear powerstations.
 

So

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Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: So
IIRC, they have Ballistic missiles, Not sure if they are intercontinental range, but considering they put a man into LEO, I'd bet they are.

As for our ability to intercept it. Now: No. Ten years from now: Probably.
Right, the sky over LA is too damn big to sweep on a daily basis... I figured.
:confused:
 

CaptnKirk

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Originally posted by: no0b
Cargo ship container
But out to sea where the prevailing winds would provide the biggest distribution of contamination.

There's survival after a Nuke Attack - Nagasaki & Hiroshima are not abandoned death zones. They were point blank Nuked around 60 years ago, and they have been rebuilt.

The biggest impact would be to spread the largest pattern of contamination to force the receiving county to commit the most assets to the largest foot print in area and population. Break the resolve of those who live in the affected region. Everyone can't just pick up and leave.

 

jEct2

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Originally posted by: So
BTW: interception can be done two ways.

1. Reagan system: Satellite in orbit. Blow it up on takeoff with a laser. Make launching a nuke at the US == a dirty bomb on the nation that launched it
2. Bush Jr. System: Launch a missile at the missile as ot comes in. Dirty bomb on us, no boom.

Advantages of Reagan system: Ideal method of operation, but we don't have NEARLY powerful enough lasers and it would require satellites w/ nuclear reactors on board.
Advantages of Bush system: Much more possible with current technology, no orbiting nuclear powerstations.
Blow it up on take-off? How the hell do we know when they shoot one?
 

K1052

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Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: So
BTW: interception can be done two ways.

1. Reagan system: Satellite in orbit. Blow it up on takeoff with a laser. Make launching a nuke at the US == a dirty bomb on the nation that launched it
2. Bush Jr. System: Launch a missile at the missile as ot comes in. Dirty bomb on us, no boom.

Advantages of Reagan system: Ideal method of operation, but we don't have NEARLY powerful enough lasers and it would require satellites w/ nuclear reactors on board.
Advantages of Bush system: Much more possible with current technology, no orbiting nuclear powerstations.
Blow it up on take-off? How the hell do we know when they shoot one?
Infared tracking satallites already provide early launch warnings.
 

Sheepathon

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North Korea would have to employ the cargo ship container, or something similar, since they lack the actual technology to accurately fire a nuclear weapon, and won't have that capability for years and years. Just adding NK to the mix.
 

jEct2

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Originally posted by: K1052
Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: So
BTW: interception can be done two ways.

1. Reagan system: Satellite in orbit. Blow it up on takeoff with a laser. Make launching a nuke at the US == a dirty bomb on the nation that launched it
2. Bush Jr. System: Launch a missile at the missile as ot comes in. Dirty bomb on us, no boom.

Advantages of Reagan system: Ideal method of operation, but we don't have NEARLY powerful enough lasers and it would require satellites w/ nuclear reactors on board.
Advantages of Bush system: Much more possible with current technology, no orbiting nuclear powerstations.
Blow it up on take-off? How the hell do we know when they shoot one?
Infared tracking satallites already provide early launch warnings.
Cool~ How do these work? Satellites have a watch system on suspectible launch pads or do they actually trail any kind of rocket in transit?
 

Jumpem

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Some of the upcoming US fighters have radar that can track incoming missiles, and then they can be intercepted.

One of the new radars in particular puts out enough energy that it can cook the missiles electronics and cause it to go off course.
 

K1052

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Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: K1052
Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: So
BTW: interception can be done two ways.

1. Reagan system: Satellite in orbit. Blow it up on takeoff with a laser. Make launching a nuke at the US == a dirty bomb on the nation that launched it
2. Bush Jr. System: Launch a missile at the missile as ot comes in. Dirty bomb on us, no boom.

Advantages of Reagan system: Ideal method of operation, but we don't have NEARLY powerful enough lasers and it would require satellites w/ nuclear reactors on board.
Advantages of Bush system: Much more possible with current technology, no orbiting nuclear powerstations.
Blow it up on take-off? How the hell do we know when they shoot one?
Infared tracking satallites already provide early launch warnings.
Cool~ How do these work? Satellites have a watch system on suspectible launch pads or do they actually trail any kind of rocket in transit?
gsaldivar posted a couple good links above
 

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