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How To Stop A North Korean Nuclear Missile

How To Stop A North Korean Nuclear Missile

Warfare is often like a game of rock-paper-scissors. For every new weapon developed, a counter weapon follows; each player needs to carefully balance and ensure their opponent do not develop a power play which has no counter. But with the start of the cold war, and the invention of the nuclear bomb, this ever-evolving game of rock-paper-scissors has deteriorated into a game where each player stock piles rocks, and develops new ways to hurl them at their opponent. Technology has only recently progressed far enough to develop a legitimate countermeasure like the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, aka THAAD, by the US. Today we’re going to investigate how this technology works and how likely it is to stop a nuclear threat against the United States With North Korea’s recent thermal nuclear hydrogen bomb tests and the continued experimentation of short and long range missiles, the world has been on edge. South Korea has even deployed both THAAD and Patriot systems despite push back from China. So how do we stop a hypothetical ICBM incoming from North Korea? Countermeasures have been developed by many of the world’s powers, though they are not as sophisticated as perhaps you would expect, and that’s for two reasons. One, because in 1972 the United States and Soviet Union signed an Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty which was designed to limit the development and deployment of these defensive countermeasures, and the US only withdrew from the treaty to protect the US from nuclear blackmail from rogue states like Iran And North Korea and two, because IBCMs are really, really, hard to intercept. To counter these threats, the US has contracted the top Military engineering groups to develop and maintain an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System, or BNDS. The system integrates independent short, medium, and long Range Missile defense systems, such as Patriot, AEGIS, and THAAD into one communication network. They are integrated and supported by a battery of land and sea-based sensors, such as infrared satellites and X-Band radar. But all have a common communication line to the command center. This allows new radar systems or mobile Navy vessels with sensors and interceptors to be seamlessly incorporated if they are in the region. There are three main phases of an ICBM, the boost phase, Mid-Course phase, and Terminal phase. Each phase have different challenges in terms of interception. During the boost phase, the US would first detect heat signatures from a launch with infrared satellites, and communicate this to the Command Center. Regional radar would pick up the missiles and provide accurate tracking. All of this data is processed, and a trajectory probability map Is built and continuously updated throughout the course of the flight. Interception at this point is not likely as the target is in enemy airspace, and most interceptors are not fast enough to reach the target before it enters the Mid-Course phase in the upper atmosphere in space. With the two or three stage ICBM the boost phase can last under ten minutes, and propel the vehicle to an altitude of around 1,200 Kilometers above the surface of the Earth, or three times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station. At this point the projectile can be traveling as fast as seven kilometers per second, or twenty to twenty-five times the speed of sound, meaning a capable missile can travel halfway around the planet in about 45 minutes or less. If AEGIS sea-based or other ground-based interceptors are in range, short to intermediate range missiles targeting Japan, South Korea, or Guam can be intercepted by the AEGIS kinetic kill vehicle, meaning It physically intercepts the warheads with a kinetic impact. It accomplishes this with thrusters which allow it to maneuver in the final phase of engagement. This is not an easy task as the system must attempt to discriminate threats within the threat cloud the trek cloud consists of active warheads Decoys and debris in the case of North Korea it’s unlikely multiple warheads would be used due to the size and weight constraints, but some primitive decoys are more than likely. The terminal phase is when the warheads begin to re-enter the atmosphere towards their targets. The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense or THAAD is a long-range missile defense system that targets missiles at this stage with installations on the west coast of the United States, Alaska, Guam, and more recently South Korea. Similar to the Aegis the THAAD kill vehicle is a kinetic kill vehicle with four miniature boosters to control the projector During recent tests, this platform has been successful But an engineer’s work is never complete. The US was working on a new interceptor dubbed the MKV or Multiple Kill Vehicle. incorporating a more advanced version of the Aerojet around a central launcher with Multiple Kill Vehicles that can independently intercept multiple warheads. It was later replaced by a similar multi-object kill vehicle as a contracted collaboration between Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. No system is perfect especially ones with such tight tolerances of success Considering the lack of active threat stress testing it’s likely the BMDS will not have more than a 50/50 success rate per missile Against a threat like North Korea multiple interceptors will make an attempt and it’s highly probable the US will succeed in taking it out. And if North Korea decided to attack Seoul, It’s much more likely that they would be able to overwhelm their defenses against the threats such as Russia things don’t look so good as hundreds of missiles equipped with ten warheads each Independently target different cities. The chance of a single warhead making a pass is high. Russian technology is simply superior to North Korea’s. New hypersonic warheads are being developed that can change their direction mid-flight making predictive tracking almost impossible. Even if the ballistic missile defenses are 100% accurate there are simply more warheads than interceptors making the BMDS only a limited capability system. Luckily North Korea is a limited capability threat You may have admired some of the footage i used in this video like this, this, this, and this They all came from My channel literally would not have been possible without their service When I began this channel I planned to animate everything but that is simply way too much work, so i began looking for a stock footage site that would have suitable footage to use in places that did not need animation and that’s where Story Blocks came in. 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Reader Comments

  1. Completely neglected to mention the GMD system…

  2. Why not install lasers or missiles on satellites, so that the nukes can be intercepted while they are at lowest speed and most vulnerable? Both lasers and missiles should work better in the outer space.

  3. "… this game of rock paper scissors has deteriorated into a game where everyone stockpiles rocks, and finds new ways to hurl them at enemies." -RE

  4. in Real War not only 10 or 20 or even 100 rocket will be launched on usa
    actually the whole world will fuck them up if they are not fucked already
    lol 60% of americans are already homeless people
    i think that usa already lost any war before it can even start

  5. How can such an interesting, professional scientific channel attract so many retards? If you Nuke NK the fallout alone would destroy SK, and even if NK didn't get a nuke off, Russia and China will. And they have a hell of a lot more nukes than anyone else. Also America would fair the worst in a nuclear war. They still haven't recovered from Hurricane Katrina, Nagasaki had it's banks and tram system up and running within a week.

  6. America is the only country who actually fired nuclear bombs on civilians… You should write American instead or North Korean in the caption. It would make more sense.

  7. THAAD is nothing. Nothing is perpect please remember that. My missile would go through your Thaad from the US>

  8. '
    china give or help to north korea getting missiles / wealons…
    ussr russia give or help to north korea getting missiles / weapons…
    another countrys gives or helps to north korea

  9. If North Korea successfully bomb the U.S atleast 1 warhead. Then, the North Korea will be erased on map.


  10. This is all a huge dangerous game. If the US had wanted they had the edge from 1945-49 as the sole nuclear power. Only the US had nukes, the "Fat Man" plutonium bomb* and the delivery system, 15 (1945) B-29s equipped to deliver them. A ruthless US regime could have issued an ultimatum: if anyone is detected trying to develop nuclear weapons or delivery systems a city would be selected and destroyed.
    If the Russians had been determined enough, they had until anti-ICBM or IRBM delivery vehicles were operational to attack.
    Neither did. Why?

    * The "Little Boy" U-235 bomb was obsoleted.

  11. why dont we have hundreds of MKVs parked in orbit above the US. AND Have them on standby in case multiple missiles get l

  12. What if the Koreans build their missiles with flaps and rudders like the Shaheen 3 of Pakistan? It will be extremely difficult to sketch its trajectory

  13. You don't have to build many functional missiles — you just have to build a few and A LOT of cheap decoys.

    Even if a small number of real warheads get through, it's still Armageddon.

  14. How to stop a North Korean nuclear missile:
    Step One: Elect Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America.
    Step Two: There is no step two, the job is already done.

  15. How to stop North Korean missile.
    Laugh and ridicule The missile, it’s poor engineering and inferiority complex will do the rest.

  16. Is there a term for when there's so many links on the screen you can't touch your phone without unintentionally clicking on another video?

  17. So long as countrys like Russia, the USA, and China have their Nuclear Weapons, they can not desire that any other country like Nort Korea destroy their own Nuclear Weapons.

    If anybody would send a rocket to another country, each of these countrys would be guilty.

    This is one of the big problems the humanity have: Nobody destroys his weapons, while the other did not do the same.

    And the Planet would recover — even without the humans.

    Just my two cents…

  18. I think theres an extremely small chance NK would actually nuke us. Obviously we would retaliate and NK can't afford that to happen. It would be suicide for their country.

  19. At that altitude wouldn’t space junk be an issue? What would happen if a random pebble hit the war head at 20,000 kph?

  20. The capability of the BMDS is still quite oversold, as the tests were conducted with known launch windows and target areas, and under desirable weather conditions.
    For a kinetic interception to work you actually have to hit the physical warhead, which under the terminal phase is only a few feet across. Even under light wind shear conditions your chances are, as stated 50-50, while the 20kt warhead only has to get within a few thousand feet of its target to cause horrific damage.
    It is MAD!

  21. the increasing number of flat earthers around the globe is a looming threat for our tomorrow's advancement of science and technology.

  22. This could've been a much more in depth video talking about the first defense/warning systems created for ICBMs. I used to be a satellite systems operator for DSP and it obviously teaches a lot about this stuff.

  23. I doubt it will even leave North Korea
    Simplified: I say they can’t even reach the demilitarized zone

  24. Yea, we definitely need to invest more into science and technology so we don't get passed in that regard. What I'd like to see, though, is if we could convert North Korea into an ally or at least less of a threat.

  25. 0:01 real Engineering: "War is like a game of rock paper scissors" Me: Yeah, Stalin is rock, Hitler Paper, And Churchill is Scissors

  26. Mark Rober has a video on his channel of a dart board that gives you a bullseye every time by moving the dartboard while the dart is in flight. Is that essentially a small version of a missile defense system? Sorry I don't have a link here

  27. There is one significant threat to this entire defense system… EMP… Or even a solar flare that knocks out the computer components could leave this entire system out of commission. I still think one of the best assurances against a nuclear attack, is mutually assured destruction. The fact that the outcome of North Korea launching a nuclear attack would be the destruction of North Korea.. I'd say is a pretty good deterrent from North Korea launching a nuclear attack.

  28. Capitalist pigs, thinking your USA the world policemen will protect you. Leader will destroy you and your boring capitalist life

  29. We don't need to stop them. The North Koreans are so dumb, they are designing the missiles as if the earth is curved. So don't tell them the secret: The earth is actually flat! So we have nothing to worry about.

  30. How To Stop A North Korean Nuclear Missile Okay, How about How To Stop A HUNDRED North Korean Nuclear Missiles ?

  31. US doesn't have anything to stop them. It will be Russia ore china who will shoot down north Korean ICBM on it's way against US

  32. The pen is greater than the sword… why do you think north korea would attack anyone in the first place?

  33. Just drop a NOVA Bomb smart missile into the local star, Sol, and explode their sun.
    The resulting nova will engulf the inner planets, burning them to ash.
    The gravity effects should disrupt any functions on the outer planets too.
    The loss to.the star's energy output should render remaining inner planet surfaces into a frozen waste.
    No more sun, no more problems from humans.
    Here, these know-nothing single planet mud bugs don't even have FTL or dimensional gateways in this instance of the multiverse…nothing! No Transtheta technology at all. They still use rockets, can you believe it ?!? Disgusting primitives!

  34. Bah! The true way to stop the north koreans is within our grasp. Mr. Trump has, at his very fingertips, a super commando organization so terrifying that the very mention of its name will bring fear and chills to your spine. It's simple. All he has to do is send FEMA in to "help" the north koreans. Within a week, their entire structure will be a shambles. Remember New Orleans. Oh, the humanity, those poor north koreans. They deserve it, though!

  35. Truth is you guys dont do shit to help. Why does the US have to do everything? Talking is the best way to stopping wars it costs nothing.

  36. Step 1: Wait until NK launches
    Step 2: Observe as it burns up during re-entry
    Step 3: Hold back laughter whilst giving NK a slap on the wrist

  37. You forgot to mention lasers. Both ground-based and air carried are designed to take out any missile in a given distance to the target.
    Electromagnetic rail guns are another option. However, they would have a hard time against rockets that can change their course on the way like cruise missiles.
    The most effective defense would be to nuke that little bastard even if it would be an issue for Russia and China. I don't think any of them would risk war because of the bastard from North Korea being bombed by the US.

  38. Good effort and good video! One very minor thing would have been better to show a polar map. I think the missiles would travel about 50% of their time over China and Russia and taking them down there might would cause trouble and NK probably know that. Great video, great animation.

  39. You could counter act this using the same tech on the intercepting projectile, boosting at crucial points to throw more variables into the system.

  40. Best defense is do not provoke an attack. This can be achieved by combining following: "do not build military and rocket bases neat that country", "do not invade weaker countries every 1-5 years", "do not bomb other countries that has not attacked you in any way", "keep your opinion on other country political system and domestic politics to yourself". That's it. Many countries are pretty successful at this.

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