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Subject: MANPADS/Sadral Effectiveness
earlm    5/23/2010 5:26:07 PM
How good are these systems at protecting a ship from missiles? They weight about a ton and it seems like a good use of a tone and bit of space.
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gf0012-aust       5/23/2010 5:32:11 PM
in an onion layer concept, they are a hail mary solution.
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earlm       5/23/2010 6:18:44 PM
How much better is RAM?
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WarNerd       5/24/2010 1:17:09 PM
The warhead (2-3kg) on most MANPADS is insufficient to generate reliable kills, the RAM missile, for example, has a 11kg warhead.  Something like the British Starstreak which is a hit-to-kill design would be a better choice.
In any case a fully automated system connected to a search radar with automatic target classification would be necessary because of the extremely short response time required, which would exceed your 1 ton limit.
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