Debris from Ballistic Missile Defence – An Analysis Tools for Policy/Planning Studies

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Authors
  1. Frank, G.W.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Air Operational Research
Abstract
Several Ballistic Missile Defence Systems currently in development worldwide will reply on hit-to-kill interceptor technology to disable or destroy ballistic missiles and re-entry vehicles. Hit-to-kill interception at the very high speeds encountered in the missile regime will likely result in fragmentation of both the interceptor and the target missile. The fragments will then fall to Earth to form debris field. This technology raises questions within the policy and strategy arenas. This Project Report describes the processes responsible for debris field formation. It also introduces a computer-based model which simulates the fragmentation process and the creation of debris field. The model is intended as an analysis tool to support investigation for potential policy/planning questions, or to serve as a precursor to more detailed engineering studies.
Report Number
ORA-PR-688 —
Date of publication
01 May 1995
Number of Pages
32
DSTKIM No
95-03478
CANDIS No
151922
Format(s):
Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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