Vulnerability of Quick-Reacting Sheltered Missiles and Aircraft During Launch

by William Morle Brown

Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.9 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

This short paper analyzes the residual effects of a nuclear attack on an airfield. Although aircraft shelters could be designed to withstand blast effects from a multi-megaton ground burst, launching alert aircraft shortly after the attack would expose them to high winds and airborne dust, sand, stone, and gamma radiation. These effects are measured as a function of time after the attack.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Document series. The RAND Document (D), a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1970, was an internal working paper written as a step in a continuing study within RAND, which could be expanded, modified, or withdrawn at any time.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.