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Old 10-30-2019, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by AK84 View Post
A MAZ7917 TEL which carries the SS-25 can use ordinary roads. No need to build new ones.
While road mobile missiles can probably be detected much more quickly, in the 40 or so minutes from detection to destination the launcher will be many miles away. It cruise at about 30 mph so it would be 20 miles away if not more.
That’s 1260 sq miles of area which has to be covered. They’ll have to use a damn Tsar Bomb for every launcher.
Both China and Russia (and the US for that matter) are developing, and supposedly have working models of hyper-sonic missiles able to adjust their targeting in flight, fly non-ballistic courses and, again supposedly, could hit a maneuvering US carrier with either a conventional or nuclear warhead. Plus a lot of other magical features. I'm more than a bit , but they say they can, and neither Russia nor the CCP is ever known to lie or exaggerate. And we all know how reliable the US is (though, to be fair, the US isn't really saying much about it's own program)...

So, in theory, assuming you could actually make such a system work and actually be able to update your kill chain, then road launchers would be just as vulnerable as air craft carriers or anything else that moves. Or, to be more specific, as you point out, if large scale launches are confirmed, we could as easily flush the birds out of ground based launchers as we could with mobile launchers, if it comes to that.

In any case, I'm not seeing it as a priority for the US to have this capability. Our own version of the triad is flexible enough, especially assuming we are also in the process of updating our own launchers, which supposedly we are.

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