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  •  I don't buy it. The ... (none)
    ...circular error of probability for Minuteman I was 3000 yards, of Minuteman II, about 600 yards, and of Minuteman III, 200 yards.

    Those original Minuteman rockets had a city buster warhead of 1.2 megatons, about 80 times as powerful as the Hiroshima Bomb.

    Moreover, all the test-firing is done under ideal conditions, and, as any truthful guidance engineer will explain, in a real-world (non-test) situation, all kinds of "mishaps" can occur. Especially in the days before GPS guidance.

    Atmospheric distortion of the flight-path at high speeds and relatively shallow angles, which is affected by the season of the year, day or night, cloud cover, snow and ice on the ground, solar flares, the ever-changing of the jet stream at 30,000 feet. Plus the problem of designing warheads that won't be so streamlined as to overheat or be protected from that with a design conducive to their being blown way off course.

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