My concern is Iran smuggling in to the USA a small rocket and
firing it from the center of USA with an EMP war head.G
From 1968 technology:
Meanwhile the Naval Research Laboratory, which had provided many experiments for the V-2s, was consulted. On March 1, 1946, Van Allen recommended that the Navy Bureau of Ordnance negotiate a contract with Aerojet for the procurement of 20 liquid-propellant sounding rockets, 15 of which would go to APL and 5 to NRL. The contract was formally awarded to Aerojet on May 17 for 20 XASR-1 sounding rockets.25 The rocket performance stipulated was the delivery of 68 kg (150 lb) of payload to over 91 440 m (300 000 ft) - obviously, the Aerobee would have to be considerably larger than the Wac Corporal. At APL, which was assigned the task of technical direction by the Navy, James A. Van Allen took charge of the Aerobee program.
An Aerobee 150 sounding rocket.
that is a weight of 128 lbs, and W48 had a yield of 0.02-0.04 kilotons, war head in an artty shell. 1968 technology.
|Artillery Shell||6.1 (155 mm)||33.3||118 - 128||72 T||Mechanical time delay or proximity airburst, or contact||Manufactured 10/63 - 3/68; retirement (135 Mod 0s) 1/65 - 1969, all 925 Mod 1s retired 1992; 1060 produced (all mods)||Small diameter linear implosion plutonium weapon, 2 mods|
Thats 240 lbs, and 5 to 10 kt.
|W-33||Artillery Shell||8 (203 mm)||37||240 - 243||5 - 10 Kt, 40 Kt (Y2)|
The W33 is 8 inches in diameter and 37 inches long; it weighs 243 pounds.
As with most other early nuclear artillery shells such as the 11" W9 shell, it was a compact gun type nuclear weapon, firing a small projectile down an internal barrel into a larger HEUuranium target assembly, forming a critical mass as the two came together.
Four variants were produced:
plutonium needed: Looks like a couple of pounds.
It would seem the launch of an EMP, from USA, Mexico or Canada would be doable for Iran.
It would seem the rocket altitude and payload weight are achievable
with 1960's technology. they had both a Rocket, and an arty shell that
could do the trick.
September 11, 2001
Since the founding of NORAD in 1958 the defense organization has had three missions: (1) Surveillance and Control of the airspace covering the United States and Canada; (2) Warning the National Command Authorities of an aerospace attack approaching the North American continent; and (3) Providing a proper response to an aerospace attack approaching the North American continent. NORAD's first mission of surveillance and control of the airspace within the continent is called Air Sovereignty. In an attempt to explain NORAD's poor performance in the attacks on September 11, 2001, Bush Administration officers claimed that NORAD was never tasked to monitor the skies inside America, that the defense agency was tasked to "looking outward" on 9/11 only, contradicting the historical fact that NORAD never ceased its "inward looking" mission of "Air Sovereignty".
I'm still not sure if Norad would or can track a launch inside USA,
or if they could take it out...It deosn't look like
USA could take out a rocket fired in USA, Mexico or Canada.
Not even sure they are looking.
Iran nuke capability must be taken out before they get a nuke.
This is going to drive Israel nutz, could be fired over Israel.
Iran has Rockets already in place.
Last month, the London Sunday Times reported that Iran has deployed Zelzal-2 "ballistic missiles" in Lebanon, capable of "carrying half a ton of chemical or conventional warheads as far as Tel Aviv."9 However, the paper's sensationalist reporting on Mideast military topics does not have a very accurate track record, particularly when it cites unnamed defense sources. The Zelzal-2, in any case, is not a missile, but a 610mm heavy artillery rocket with a 1323 lb (600 kg) payload and range of 130 miles (210 km). The rocket wouldn't quite be able to hit Tel Aviv unless launched from easily-detectable positions straddling the border, but would nevertheless pose an enormous threat to Israeli population centers.
The only imported weapons in the Syrian arsenal with this caliber are 70s-era Soviet-manufactured BM-27 220mm rockets with a range of about 25 miles (40 km), but some reports have said the rockets supplied to Hezbollah are domestically-manufactured imitations of the BM-27 (which could explain the low range estimate reported in the New York Times). Other reports have said that Damascus supplied Hezbollah with rockets that have a range of up to 50 miles (80 km).8
Each rocket weighs 280.4 kilograms. The warheads weigh between 90 and 100 kilograms depending on type. A full salvo of 16 rockets can be fired in 20 seconds and can engage targets within a range of 35 kilometers.
Now they just need the nuke.
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