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all my doubts about our governments spending and our wavering position as the global militant might have just been washed away.

Take my taxes, make more missiles!
You do realize what this is...it is missle that could probably come fairly close to the material dmage of nuclear warheads without being nuclear. It would be all kenetic damage. A few of these landing in even a decent sized city in fast succession would probably land to the effect of a moderate earth quake. Massive infrastructure damage without radiation. People not near the "epicenters" and not killed by falling buildings would be largely unharmed...though a lot might be deaf. This is actually a WMD that can be used.
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You do realize what this is...it is missle that could probably come fairly close to the material dmage of nuclear warheads without being nuclear. It would be all kenetic damage. A few of these landing in even a decent sized city in fast succession would probably land to the effect of a moderate earth quake. Massive infrastructure damage without radiation. People not near the "epicenters" and not killed by falling buildings would be largely unharmed...though a lot might be deaf. This is actually a WMD that can be used.
That's what makes it awesome. We need to put these into production ASAP!
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That's what makes it awesome. We need to put these into production ASAP!
No, just no!
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That's what makes it awesome. We need to put these into production ASAP!
I can already see the value of the dollar rising...just out of other countries wanting to stay on better terms with the US (in other words...fear).

Though a bakers dozen of these things will probably cost a couple billion dollars, but I am hoping it will be even more of a deterent weapon then nukes are.

Please let this work...
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Wow it cost $50+ million each time its launched! That's just the rocket itself! The simulation videos remind me of the game Orbiter...i wonder if it is. =P
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You do realize what this is...it is missle that could probably come fairly close to the material dmage of nuclear warheads without being nuclear. It would be all kenetic damage. A few of these landing in even a decent sized city in fast succession would probably land to the effect of a moderate earth quake. Massive infrastructure damage without radiation. People not near the "epicenters" and not killed by falling buildings would be largely unharmed...though a lot might be deaf. This is actually a WMD that can be used.
How do you figure?

A nuclear weapon is based on E=MC^2 where c=299,792,458m/s.
A kinetic weapon is based on E=(1/2)Mv^2 where v=6806m/s.

You would need a 3,880,498,429,000lb kinetic weapon at Mach20 to match a 100lb nuclear explosion.
Edited by DuckieHo - 8/10/11 at 10:46am
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Lol Duckling ftw!

Leave it to him to come sort people out.
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How do you figure?

A nuclear weapon is based on E=MC^2 where c=299,792,458m/s.
A kinetic weapon is based on E=(1/2)Mv^2 where v=6806m/s.

You would need a 3,880,498,429,000lb kinetic weapon at Mach20 to match a 100lb nuclear explosion.
That is why I said multiple missles and also referred to the effect after impact. The shock waves is what will be bad...not the energy of impact. A nuclear blast is mostly heat damage and will not cause much shock to the ground. This is going to be a like a hammer coming down...not much damage under the head of the hammer...but anything in the area gets shook up pretty good.

regardless, it will be a lot of damage that could only come from a massive scale bombing run or else a nuke. A bombing run requires our pilots to fly there which limits the areas of operation and runs the risk of the planes getting shot down before they deliver their payload. A nuke...well, you should know the bad sides of dropping a nuke.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 8/10/11 at 11:21am
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Wow it cost $50+ million each time its launched! That's just the rocket itself! The simulation videos remind me of the game Orbiter...i wonder if it is. =P
A cost of a single cruise missle today costs something like $750K each. That is not including the cost of moving the launch platform (sub, ships) to the region. In addition, it can take hours/days to move units into position.
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I have my doubts about this article. Why would the pentagon release information on a missile that can be delivered in 30 minutes unless they had either a defense against it or it was obsolete already?

Still neato.
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