Stealthflanker wrote:Then ? There are no Ballistic missile doing a "true orbit" except FOBS.
Plus.. Apogee of Pioneer is 1375 Km above the earth.
If the Bulava is launched against a country can the missile be aborted/destroyed in flight by the Russian Navy ? Maybe because the Navy feels that by launching the missile itself they have put the point across & do not actually have to hit the target in an enemy country. Thanks.
Without satellite navigation the precision will be atrociuous ,it could aim at New york city and end hitting Florida. Inertial navigation is far from enough.You need satellite navigation for an acceptable precision for intercontinental nuclear missiles. Remeber that Bulava do not flight in a straight line ,because it does zig zag,left and right moves and have multiple reentry warheads the precision is in the couple of hundred meters. But because it have heavy nuclear warhead it will not matter.. it will wipe anything withing 10km radius instantly PER warhead.. and third degree burns up to 30km.
So if you have 6 warheads ,then 10km x 6 warheads spread from the center = 60km total wipe of any country. and with up to 6 x 30km third degree burns and radiation up to 180km from the impact zone. Nothing small indeed. one bulava could cover completely a territory of the size of Crimea if what a flat terrain with at least third degree burns and radiation on people. and one Borei submarine with x 16 bulavas if hit the right places have enough power to stop even the US navy and sink all its aircraft carriers and its escorts. with good intelligence of its positions and seriously damage them beyond repair and vaporize its crew.. really scary power.
This is why is laughable the Claims of IRAN of their missiles that can hit Israel. They don't have
navigational system of satellites like Russia or USA to guide with any precision their missiles. Their missiles could have the range to reach israel but the wind and air will move the missile beyond its trajectory and the missile will not have a way to check if needs corrections.
Neither IRan or Pakistan have any chance to hit anything beyond 2,000km with any acceptable precision. If launch missiles at israel it could end in Jordan or in the sea. CHina have an incomplete nav system but with Russia Glonnass assistance they can get the same Russian preicision that is world class. India i don't think have any nav sat..so with Russia help it can also get the precision they need. Europe have a navigation system but is incomplete too.. they need American GPS help.