Accession Number:

ADA101141

Title:

Low Altitude Defense: An Analysis of Its Effect on MX Survivability

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

105.0

Abstract:

This thesis investigates MX survivability when a terminal ballistic missile defense system known as Low Altitude Defense LOAD is deployed. LOAD will defend the MX missile with three high-speed, nuclear armed interceptor missiles. This research determines a best strategy for the use of the interceptors. The deployment of LOAD with its best strategy is compared to increases in MX shelter hardness to determine which is the more effective method of improving MX survivability.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE