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Subject: Patriot Upgrade
md5114a    12/7/2004 4:21:23 PM
Why does the newer PAC 3 missile go for skin to skin kills? I was under the impression that it was easier just to go for a proximity hit, why the upgrade in technology if a proximity hit is just as good? I understand tat a skin to skin hit is a surer thing, if you can pull it off, but isn't it much harder to accomplish?
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   RE:Patriot Upgrade   12/7/2004 9:06:16 PM
Proximity detonation was not sufficient to guarantee a kill. The most likely result was a deflection, with a still live payload falling to earth near the target and potentially killing non combatants..
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