Moontanman Posted February 18 Share Posted February 18 7 hours ago, TheVat said: This is going to get expensive. Sidewinder missiles are not cheap. https://www.npr.org/2023/02/18/1158048921/pico-balloon-k9yo Did a superpower showdown provoke the U.S. into using a fighter jet to shoot down a hobbyist group's research balloon in Canada? That's the question the public — and the FBI — wants to answer, after the U.S. military shot down several unidentified airborne objects last weekend. A military spokesperson tells NPR it's their understanding that the FBI has spoken to the hobbyist group in question — the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade, based just north of Chicago — in an apparent attempt to determine whether their small balloon might have inadvertently caused a big ruckus.... 3 hours ago, swansont said: $400k for a missile, but $200k for the training version, so cost without explosive payload somewhere in between. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM-9_Sidewinder That’s cheap in comparison to US military budgets. The Air Force alone has bought more than 10,000 of them. Raytheon has hundreds-of-million-dollar contracts to supply them. https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/usaf-receives-10000th-aim-9x-sidewinder-missile/ This is peanuts, relatively speaking. And might tick off something on the training requirements for a pilot or two, so these might be in lieu of other missiles that would be fired. There is also the real possibility of a significant attack coming from a Drone or a balloon, I know it's considered a crazy idea but a 1 megaton nuke detonated from a balloon at 100,000 feet would do some real damage to our nation and be difficult to defend against and maybe even figure out where it came from. The cost of a few missiles seems a small price to pay to prevent this and maybe even be enough to make cheaper missiles to take down these objects. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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