NationStates Jolt Archive

Hard-Lessons Learned

23-07-2005, 03:26
The Emperor sat in his office, inside Layarteb City. The hot, humid, and generally uncomfortable weather outside was nothing to be desired. However, he had the air conditioning on, leaving his office a chilling 60°F. His secretary was forced to wear a jacket whenever she had to come in to take a memo or whenever she had to come in period. But for the next few hours, she would just be buzzing. The Emperor was in a meeting with his Defense Cabinet, meaning his Joint Chiefs, the main representative from the Layartebian Defense Corporation, and the highest scientists of the land. All-in-all, there were 16 people, including himself, in his office, all of whom were beyond important to the Empire.

"Sir it is kind of cold in here." The General of the Army said as he looked around. "I know you like the cold sir but come on." They shared a laugh and the Emperor smirked.

"Perhaps we're all just a little cold-blooded every now and then." The Emperor replied as he looked around. "So shall we get started. Lessons learned from the Yelmish conflict?"

"Sir, first off we should have had submarines harassing them the entire way up the coast."

"Indeed. Well that was a major error but we'll offer that up to shoddy role-playing. Furthermore?"

"Well, we have a need for massive missile bases. Sir, the XLGM-199 is available for the task." The LDC representative spoke. He threw a folder across the table. "Tests confirm she's a very sophisticated weapon. We've put a minor base in Baffin Island and test fired against ships. Sir, we've had phenomenal success."

"Alright, proceed."

"The system is silo based, camoflauged from satellites. Each silo holds a triple-level canister, 8 missiles per round. It is like a revolver, sort of, in the sense that the missiles are placed on these canisters and raised to firing level, which is just below the surface. That leaves 24 missiles per silo. A site may consist of anywhere between 40 and 200 silos. The fire control unit can support up to 200 silos worth of missiles. We're looking at 5 million per silo and 50 million for the fire control and processing system. So we could be looking at, maximum, per site, a billion fifty. But each missile costs a million. That would add another 4.8 billion, leaving a 200-silo site at a cost of 5.85 billion. We can deploy up to 600 sites at this present time, each one at 200 silos.

"The missile specifications are as follows. It is a three-stage design with a booster, being a full stage. The missile is 26 feet long with an 8 foot booster. Each missile is 30 inches in diameter with fold out wings, 4 feet in span. The missile weighs 18,000 pounds and the booster another 6,000. We have three versions planned. One will equip a 4,000 pound, penetrating, blast-fragmentation warhead, another with a W103B nuclear warhead with a yield of 5 megatons, and lastly one with an EMP warhead. The nuclear warhead is effective for 7.64 miles and the EMP for 14.54 miles.

"There are two attack modes. The first is low-altitude, which is meant to skim the sea and remain undetected. You see sir, without over-the-horizon aircraft, they'll discover the missiles maybe 30 miles away, certainly not enough for them to react. The other attack achieves more speed and more kinetic energy. This mode sees the missile fly up to 125,000 feet, where the booster separates and then the missile proceeds to the target at Mach 5. It dives onto the target, achieving an impact velocity of Mach 8. This is enough kinetic energy to buckle a large cruiser sir. For low-altitude attack, the missile cruises at Mach 3.75. The booster provides it with extra range and upon impact, the missile hits, just below the waterline, like the Relic, at Mach 3.8. Sir, with this warhead and that velocity, it can effectively sink a supercarrier in two or three shots. The warhead alone will blow up a big enough hole to let in more water than a single ship can hold, unless it weighs a million tons displacement. The nuclear warhead explodes at an optimum height over the fleet.

"EMP shielding equips each and every missile. Range for low-altitude attack is a thousand miles and five hundred for high-altitude. Minimum range is 50 miles sir. Our plans would put them roughly 60 miles from the shore, allowing for full attack even against landing ships.

"It will be guided by a combination of satellite tracking, ground tracking, autopilot, GPS, and radar. Gel-fueled, it is highly efficient. At maximum velocity, the missile can penetrate through more than 200 feet of steel. A top-dive attack on a carrier would obliterate its deck and severely buckle the ship. Two strikes will, without a doubt, put her out of commission, and three or more will sink her."

"Very well. I am pleased with the idea. What shall we construct?"

"Sir," The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs spoke, "I suggest we place 60 in Layarteb, overlapping each other, an additional 28 in Dnalkrad, 128 in South Eastern Virginia, and 90 in Ynoga. Iceland and Ireland would be best served with 2 and 4, respectively. That puts 312 sites. Our projections allow each one to sustain some 200 silos, sir. They will be protected by point defense and overlap from SAM sites. All construction will be underground. We will construct them like we have done our ICBM silos. The ground will simply slide away and missiles come pouring out. Satellite jamming systems will be placed at each site, just like our ICBM silos, as well as scrambling systems. Careful measure will be taken to avoid satellite overpass upon launch."

"Very well. Make it happen."

"Excellent. Sir, there is one more thing."


"A serious number of our missiles were disabled due to an electro-magnetic based anti-missile defense system."

"I am aware."

"Well, sir, EMP shielding on our future weapons will be imperative."


"I suggest that on every cruise missile we produce from now on, and we must seriously replenish our stocks, be equipped with EMP-shielding."

"I agree."

"Very well. Sir, we must, under these circumstances, keep this completely top secret."

"Indeed." They concluded their meeting another hour later, the decisions they made impacting the Empire for thereafter.