Video: U.S. successfully tests missile defense system

posted at 4:23 pm on January 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

Thank heavens for sweet mama warporn, keeping the traffic flowing on this slow, outrage-less news day.

Just scroll through until 2:20. That’s when the fun begins.

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Oh, come on. Everybody knows that Star Wars crap will never work. Just ask Ted Kennedy.

Laura on January 29, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Aaah ha ha ha. Now THERE’S SOmething to brighten your day.

mikeomatic on January 29, 2007 at 4:37 PM

“The United States does not need a multi-billion-dollar national missile defense against the possibility of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile.”
Nancy Pelosi, in a speeh in 2003 accepting the Alan Cranston Peace Award,

Limerick on January 29, 2007 at 4:40 PM

LIMERICK:

Makes you wonder how long this project going to keep its funding, doesnt it.

mikeomatic on January 29, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Interesting… did you notice the puffs of propulsion used during the terminal guidance???

Very cool…

And was that a portable phased array radar system??

Romeo13 on January 29, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Ah, so that’s what the flashes were… the propulsion system… VERY interesting indeed.

dalewalt on January 29, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Interesting… did you notice the puffs of propulsion used during the terminal guidance???

Very cool…

And was that a portable phased array radar system??

Romeo13 on January 29, 2007 at 4:42 PM

What’s that mean in English?

BacaDog on January 29, 2007 at 4:48 PM

LOL…. sorry… retired Navy…

Phased Array is an alternate Radar system which electronicaly aims the beam, vice using a rotating antenna to do it (like the old style dish)… it also uses different frequencies at the same time to accomplish seperate tasks simultaneously… Been used on US Navy Cruisers and such for… gee… about 20 years now?

Terminal Guidance… is where the missle is guiding itself to hit the target… you can see the little puffs of propellant in the seconds before impact….

Romeo13 on January 29, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Mao weeps

Kid from Brooklyn on January 29, 2007 at 4:54 PM

I’m jealous. I was an ICBM Commander in the 80′s and my test launch from Vandenburg just plopped into the Pacific.

liberty on January 29, 2007 at 4:57 PM

liberty, where were you stationed?

dalewalt on January 29, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Former 445x0G here, Periodic Maintenance Team (PMT) from Minot

dalewalt on January 29, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Sweet. Now just imagine how much better and farther along our missile defense would be if the Democrats hadn’t fought tooth and nail ever since Reagan proposed it.

ReubenJCogburn on January 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Yep, and this is the stuff that we’re SHOWING…

Guarentee you we have better stuff…

Romeo13 on January 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

It gets better… they’re going to test the ABL – in flight!!!

I watched as the aircraft itself came down the line at Boeing (minus the laser, of course).

Editor on January 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

I spent five years in the weapons development industry (Picatinny Arsenal) and I have to say that that was the coolest thing ever!!! I love it!

x95b10 on January 29, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Can’t watch too many videos at work, but WarPorn? Irresistable!!

RushBaby on January 29, 2007 at 5:17 PM

You guys just gotta see the new series on “Future Weapons” and see what they are showing to us (and Iraq and NK) on that show. It will blow your mind.

shooter on January 29, 2007 at 5:24 PM

“Futureweapons” on the Discovery channel did a whole background on the THAAD right before they videoed an early morning successful test here in Southern New Mexico.

Opinionnation on January 29, 2007 at 5:25 PM

shooter, you beat me by a minute

Opinionnation on January 29, 2007 at 5:27 PM

Did the THAAD hit the SCUD target directly, thus creating the explosion? Or did the THAAD just line up in the SCUD’s path and explode at the right millisecond, taking the SCUD with it?

What kind of debris would be generated if this was used on a nuke? Would the nuke explode? Or would the nuke just be disintergrated (so it can rain radioactive nuke junk all over who knows what)?

Very cool – but they need to get a defensive weapon that goes to the source. Laser based or particle beam, that sets off the launching nuke while still over enemy territory. Now
that would deter the little runt in NORK.

Timothy S. Carlson on January 29, 2007 at 5:29 PM

I’m sure the MSM will be all over this.

Iblis on January 29, 2007 at 5:33 PM

Timothy,

I think it uses kinetic energy to destroy the target so a nuke would not detonate or spread any nuke junk. Even if it did, I think nuke junk is a helluva lot better than a nuclear blast

Opinionnation on January 29, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Ahmadinejad got out of that fetal position, instantly.

Putin choked.

Hu Jintao “bastards set us back a bit”.

EU had a collective lizzard-Viagra desire.

Kim Jong Il grew by half an inch – his hair went straight up.

Chavez stuck that baton up his, by shock.

Castro wasn’t available for comment. He was overheard, in an almost inaudible whisper “whatever Hugo does”.

Mr. Clinton “honey, don’t worry, I’ll explain it all to you”.

Mr. Kerry “The U.S. is an international pariah and this president has made it so. If I’d be president, and I came very close, close enough to almost run again, but not that close, and if you’d have loved me just a tad bit more, I would have negotiated the elimination of such fictitious war games”, in broken French.

Entelechy on January 29, 2007 at 6:02 PM

Personally, I stay away from warporn. It just makes my own firearms seem inadequate. (or inadequit in lohanese)

billy on January 29, 2007 at 6:11 PM

liberty, where were you stationed?

dalewalt on January 29, 2007 at 4:59 PM

I was at Grand Forks AFB from ’86-90. 321 SMW, 447thSMS.

liberty on January 29, 2007 at 6:12 PM

After shortly the hearing the news of a successful missile defense test, the UN passed a resolution condemning it, the Islamic world rioted, and the French surrendered.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 29, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Did the THAAD hit the SCUD target directly, thus creating the explosion? Or did the THAAD just line up in the SCUD’s path and explode at the right millisecond, taking the SCUD with it?

It’s going so fast that there is no need for extra explosives, as you can see in the video. As for whether an explosion would increase the kill radius, they studied the problem and it turns out that determining the exact instant when to denonate the charge was harder than just hitting the target dead on.

pedestrian on January 29, 2007 at 7:03 PM

It gets better… they’re going to test the ABL – in flight!!!
I watched as the aircraft itself came down the line at Boeing (minus the laser, of course).
Editor on January 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

The airborne laser is the coolest thing….it seems like sometime in the future a similiar craft could be used for total air superiority rendering all opposed missle based tech obsolete?

Resolute on January 29, 2007 at 7:28 PM

BBBBad, bad to the Bone.

Zorro on January 29, 2007 at 7:29 PM

Thank heavens for sweet mama warporn, keeping the traffic flowing on this slow, outrage-less news day.

Your call, but you know that link I sent you about the atheists being encouraged to deny the holy spirit would get a hell of a debate (pin intended) going. It would bring soothsayer out to condemn everyone to hell for not believing his way (which he’ll eventually explain isn’t “his way”, but the only REAL/TRUE Christianity… while ignoring that most sects believe they are the only right one, yet they aren’t vicious a-holes like him). You want to put an end to boredom, get that thread going.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16409851/site/newsweek/

RightWinged on January 29, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Hey, where was the future weapon, you know the one where it shoots you with a beam and you feel like you’re on fire, when the protestors broke down the fence in D.C. Now THAT would have been good video.

I hope we have several of those things lined up for multiple shots at each incoming ICBM. It’s REAL easy to miss at these speeds.

I think the most likely senario is a dirty bomb downtown somewhere USA.

Mojave Mark on January 29, 2007 at 8:25 PM

“The United States does not need a multi-billion-dollar national missile defense against the possibility of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile.” Nancy Pelosi, in a speeh in 2003 accepting the Alan Cranston Peace Award,

What’s wrong with the Democratic Party anyway? They spend their whole lives giving out about the threat nuclear armageddon then when Reagan wants to eliminate the threat they’re against that too. The implication in Pelosi’s statement that its not worth spending billions of dollars to prevent a nuclear war is what really sticks in the jaw.

That money could have gone towards welfare. /Democrat

aengus on January 29, 2007 at 9:13 PM

m’yeah ’cause I saw that on futureweapons on the discovery channel already, m’kay?

fudgypup on January 29, 2007 at 9:40 PM

One more year!

Entelechy on January 30, 2007 at 12:45 AM

What? No dead jihadi body parts? How is the good guys testing a purely defensive weapon war porn? War is certainly hell. I feel an obligation see it’s solemn realities if I’m going to cheer when anyone dies.

Buck Turgidson on January 30, 2007 at 8:57 AM

President Reagan had a dream and President Bush saw that it happened…
AWESOME!
I can sleep a little better now and thank you, gentlemen, for ignoring the Dhimmicrats and keeping us safe.
Now little Kim and Imadinnerjacket can threaten us with all the missiles they want: Bring it on, if you dare.

Jen the Neocon on January 30, 2007 at 6:14 PM

If Kim launches a missile it won’t be at the US and if Ahmy wants to detonate a nuke in the US, he won’t use a missile at all, he’ll just use some of his terrorist proxys to ship it through Mexico (but look at the bright side, if a nuke gets set off in a big city, most of the casualites will be liberals). Not to say that the technology isn’t useful, but it won’t help with current major problems.

Darth Executor on January 30, 2007 at 7:30 PM