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- May 22, 2006
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bobbymike said:ICBM Follow On Analysis Due in June
Orlando, Fla.—The Air Force will have a better understanding of the cost of recapitalizing its ICBM force when the Ground Based Strategic Deterrence analysis of alternatives is complete this June, Air Force Global Strike Command boss Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said Thursday at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here. Wilson said the AOA is currently under way to determine the future of the land-based leg of the nuclear triad. Options could include a similar system to the Minuteman III, sustaining the existing fleet, or even mobile basing. “Typically, an AOA takes 18 months, we are doing this in 10 months,” said Wilson. He added, “Affordability will be one of the key attributes that we look at. We have to maintain the Minuteman III through 2030, [so] the replacement has to be affordable.” USAF leaders have noted any investment in the Minuteman force must be able to transfer to follow on capability, and Wilson said existing ICBM infrastructure is being factored in to the AOA. Any follow on system, or sustainment of the current fleet, would have to have an initial operational capability starting in the 2030 timeframe, he added.
—Marc V. Schanz
Wow excuse my ignorance, but I am simply amazed.... no stun by the fact that the United States has neglected it's ground-based ICBM force for so many decades. ballistic missiles is not my main topic of knowledge. But can someone please explain to me why the United States and the USAF has for so long now neglected it's strategic ICBM force? I mean it's principle land-based ICBM is still the LGM-30G Minuteman III, which was last built in 1978, and it's expected to remain the only U.S ICBM until 2030! What happened to the 100 x LGM-118A Peacekeeper that the U.S taxpayer spent billions of $ developing and fielding and then decommissioned in May 2006
An what is it with the United States & USAF about being able to get it's act together in terms of designing, building and deploying 'mobile ICBM's'?
After all the concept and the reality of this designs survivability have been known and appreciated since the "Mobile Minuteman program for rail-based ICBMs to help increase survivability and for which the USAF released details on October 12, 1959. The Operation Big Star performance test was from June 20 to August 27, 1960", and yet still nothing! Again and again the United States has spent $$$$ on specifically designing both Minuteman III, LGM-118A Peacekeeper and of course the very promising MGM-134A Midgetman (cancelled in 1992). And yet nothing except a couple of hundred obsolete ICBM which can and are able to be targeted and destroyed by ultra modern Russian and Chinese fixed and 'mobile' ICBM's like that of R-36M2 Voevoda (SS-18 'Satan'), UR-100N 15A30 (SS-19 'Stiletto'), RT-2PM Topol , RT-2PM (SS-25 'Sickle'), RT-2UTTKh Topol M (SS-27 'Sickle B'), DF-31 (CSS-9), DF-31A and DF-41 (CSS-X-10).
Is there any serious prospects of a new and modern U.S. ICBM?