guidance systems for nukes and EMP

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  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    It seems that when a nuke is detonated it produces a rather powerful EMP which could fry the guidance systems of nearby missiles.
    Question:
    Is there a known ratio of yield to effective guidance system frying radius?
     
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  3. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Depends on how hardened the guidance system is. You can harden a system to any degree you like, so there's no one radius.
     
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  5. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    In addition, nukes vary widely in yield.
     
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  7. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    OK
    coupl'a questions
    1)Just how hardened can a guidance system be if it requires gps inputs?
    1a)How hardened can a guidance system be if you forsake accuracy with a programmed course?

    2)what power emp would be expected over the range of 17 kilotons to 100 megatons
    eg
    2etc.)could a 17k fry a car's electrical system at 1 mile? 5 miles? etc...
    could a 100m fry a car's electronics at 100 miles? 200 miles?
    how about the electricity grid?
    Power needed for emp to disable the switches?
     
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