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6. What is a tactical missile threat?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Mon, 2012-03-05 11:55
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Like all ballistic missiles, the tactical missile is sent temporarily out of Earth’s atmosphere before reentering and detonating at a predetermined location. This point cannot be changed mid-flight. This is one of the simpler ballistic missiles, and several dozen countries possess the technology to deploy it.
This weapon has very limited range and is generally used only during a relatively localized battle, often times used to target ships or small bases. Despite this, they made up a large portion of the U.S. and Soviet missile stockpiles of the Cold War. Tactical missiles are inexpensive, very mobile, and can carry a variety of warheads. Though only able to travel up to short- and medium-range distances, tactical missiles can be launched from a mobile launcher, such as aircraft, ships, submarines and Club-K crates. Below is a video detailing how the Club-K delivery system works:
Treaties throughout the Cold War, particularly those in 1980s, focused on eliminating long-range weapons, but largely ignored tactical missiles such as the Soviet SCUD. Despite the large number of tactical missiles, some argue that they are not a serious concern for the United States because potential U.S. adversaries are located too far away for their missiles to hit the United States. Others argue that in a changing environment of transnational terrorism and "rogue" states, tactical missiles could be used in different and more innovative ways to attack the the United States domestically, its navy while abroad, or other interests and military installations. The United States has taken steps to develop defences against tactical missile attacks with systems such as THAAD, featured below: