ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

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ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

Postby Batman on Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:16 pm

http://misilactual.blogspot.com.es/2014 ... s-and.html
...It means a force of 420 operational ICBMs is not sustainable beyond 2030 without new units and the entire missile asset will be depleted by 2135, RAND said.


I came across this today. It may be old news.
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Re: ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:22 pm

Interesting that it's a Spanish (apparently) site.
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Re: ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

Postby Batman on Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:39 pm

I thought that was curious - that's why I posted it. Any thoughts on background or motive anyone?
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Re: ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:32 pm

Clue, Zero, Zilch, Zip, Nada, (0) each.
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Re: ICBM Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities

Postby MajorG1000 on Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:28 am

It certainly makes sense. The only real option is to curtail FOT&E Shots and rotate missiles to depot sequentially for visual and Xray inspection of the rocket engines and components. With all we have today in the way of computer savvy, they should be able to construct a program that could check out the MGS without resorting to an actual flight. Although, I have to admit, nothing satisfies a QA check like a good old fashioned flight and CEP calculation based on an actual launch. (Plus the added knowledge that any adversary we may have is actively watching each and every launch, and knows we can, and will still do it...)
This article didn't really say anything that a 12 Year old with a calculator couldn't figure out. It is interesting to note however how few (apparently) launch-able missiles we have left in the inventory...If I count correctly, based upon the 2030 timeline, the article would have us believe we have somewhere between 40 -50 downstages left at Depot. Personally, I believe a fifteen year timeline before we deplete our reserves and have to start QA-ing our Alert Sorties without replacing them should be enough of a reason to push for a new Missile System to replace the aging Minuteman fleet. The Minuteman III should be just about today where the Minuteman II was when I was in Missile Maintenance at Ellsworth. From personal experience, I can say at that point the MM II was "Maintenance Intensive" and we had to be creative in the way we sourced parts and materiel. I hope that the upgrades the MM III system has gone through since I have been out of the business have been enough to ameliorate the fear that parts will, or have dried up. Missile Wings are not happy places when Sortie Alert rate begins to drop.
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