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Re: Air-launched missile defence concept
« Reply #61 on: April 12, 2018, 04:52:28 pm »
Wasn't AARS supposed to provide targeting data for depressed trajectory SLBMs (possibly with a terminally guided MaRV) ?
No, AARS was meant to do long-range MTI against Topol TELs.

I never saw a reference to it being used against SLBMs.

And how would it help against MARV anyway? MARV is a problem for the interceptor and terminal radars, not detection.

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Re: Air-launched missile defence concept
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2018, 05:48:22 pm »
Wasn't AARS supposed to provide targeting data for depressed trajectory SLBMs (possibly with a terminally guided MaRV) ?
No, AARS was meant to do long-range MTI against Topol TELs.

I never saw a reference to it being used against SLBMs.

And how would it help against MARV anyway? MARV is a problem for the interceptor and terminal radars, not detection.

I think we are in violent agreement as to what AARS was intended to do. 

The question is which weapons would be used to prosecute the attacks against the TELs that AARS was tracking.


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Re: Air-launched missile defence concept
« Reply #63 on: April 14, 2018, 12:22:08 pm »

I think we are in violent agreement as to what AARS was intended to do. 

The question is which weapons would be used to prosecute the attacks against the TELs that AARS was tracking.

SRAMs launched from B-2s. AARS and the B-2s used MILSTAR to move data. No way to get AARS data to SLBMs in a timely fashion (SSBNs would have to be waiting for the data at periscope depth anyway and reprogramming the missiles may not be a quick process).

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Re: Air-launched missile defence concept
« Reply #64 on: April 16, 2018, 02:25:50 pm »
Quick-retargeting of ICBMs (REACT) and SLBMs (SRS) began in the mid-80's.
I would think that it any crisis that motivated the launch of AARS, communications with SSBNs
would be easier.

Was the "mobile missile hunting B-2" concept anything more than a fanciful "Save the B-2" effort?

While the Regan administration was willing to permit ISR overflights of the Soviet Union
in peacetime (which made AARS viable) I don't think it extended to nuclear armed bombers.

Short of a US first-strike (or the mother-of-all tanker chains), I don't see how the the B-2 has much
more than residual capability in the mobile-missile hunting role.