Accession Number : ADA115694

Title :   MX Survivability: Passive and Active Defense.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Rettammel,Ellsworth F ; Sheedy,James F

PDF Url : ADA115694

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 161

Abstract : This thesis investigated MX survivability when a layered or terminal defense system is deployed with various numbers of multiple protective shelters (MPS). The layered defense system defends the MX with an exoatmospheric layer which is augmented by an endoatmospheric layer. The exoatmospheric layer protects the MX with long-wave infrared (LWIR) guided interceptors; which must directly impact an incoming RV at approximately 300,000 feet altitude to destroy it. The endoatmospheric layer consists of a terminal BMD system known as Low Altitude Defense (LoAD) which defends the MX with three hypersonic, nuclear armed interceptor missiles. The terminal defense system consists of either one or two LoAD systems, and draws conclusions on these systems based on quantitative and qualitative (ex., political) considerations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Terminal defense, Surface to surface missiles, Reentry vehicles, Interceptors, Survival(General), Long path infrared equipment, Shelters, Launching sites, Antimissile defense systems, Exosphere, Theses

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE