Appeasement DA 2 - Michigan7 2013


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Unformatted text preview: National and Homeland Security.¶ In an exclusive interview with WND, Pry pointed out that the ceiling of the SA­2 is up to 35 kilometers, which goes beyond the minimum optimal height for an EMP burst.¶ Pry said the SA­2 could achieve this ceiling with an “HE (high explosive) warhead weighing, depending on warhead type, 200­295 kilograms, or 440­650 pounds.” ¶ “The U.S. Cold War­era W­84 neutron warhead weighed less than 50 kilograms and could be used as an enhanced EMP weapon,” Pry said. “So, armed with a much lighter warhead for EMP attack, any of the SAM (surface­to­air missiles) variants would have a much higher operational ceiling. Indeed, the Soviets designed the SA­2 to carry a 15 kiloton nuclear warhead (weighing 650 pounds) to high altitude.” ¶ If the SA­2 were to be used in an EMP attack on the U.S., Pry said that it “would be launched from a freighter against a big coastal city, like New York or Washington, which would probably collapse the entire Eastern grid that provides 70 percent of the nation’s electricit...
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