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  •  Yes, that is the one. Russia said they had MIRV (0+ / 0-)

    warheads that could do the fancy "roboteching" to dodge anti-ICBM countermeasures.  In that case, wouldn't it just be an ICM since the warheads are not ballistic?

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    by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:14:06 AM PDT

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    •  Some VERY rough comparisons (0+ / 0-)

      A common US MIRV warhead. the M76 warhead, weighs in at 362.5 lbs or just under 165 kg. Physical dimensions are unpublished.  US missiles are said to be able to mount 3 to 12 of them.

      GBU-28 bunker buster bombs have been sold to Israel. They are rated at 5,000lbs or 2,272 kg. (Though the actual weight is saidto be 4,637 lbs  or 2,108 kg.) The Wiki article has them at 24 feet long.

      The largest US bunker buster is rated at 30,000 lbs or 13,637 kg. These are the ones needed to reach Iran's deepest facilities ... if they really can.

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      warheads that could do the fancy "roboteching" to dodge anti-ICBM countermeasures.  In that case, wouldn't it just be an ICM since the warheads are not ballistic?
      I've not read a technical description of these, but, my answer leans to "no". I assume they fly balistically their entire flight unless they have to try a maneuver. I cannot believe they fly the entire way under thrust. I say this because every kg of rocket motor and fuel is one less kg available to the warhead itself.
      •  Not all the way but I wouldn't be surprised (1+ / 0-)
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        if they take evasive action most of the way.  I guess it would depend on the weight of the extra fuel vs the weight of an additional radar system to detect the presence of interceptors (detecting being locked on to would be easier but that would just result in an anti-ICBM system that tried just locking on first to force the warhead to use up all it's fuel).

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        by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:47:15 PM PDT

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