A single MIRVed
missile with thermonuclear warheads can destroy several cities.
The agreement permitted Soviet land-based, MIRVed
missiles--including heavy SS-18 missiles with their vast multiple-war head potential--in ratios to US land-based missiles that officials in the Reagan administration once found threatening.
Within this total, the Treaty contained sublimits for the numbers launchers that could be deployed for ICBMs with multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRVed
ICBMs and MIRVed
SLBMs; and MIRVed
air-to-surface ballistic missiles (ASBMs) and heavy bombers.
Some reports indicate that it can carry a mirved
It does not explain the significance of a road-mobile ICBM carrying MIRVed
nuclear warheads, or what that potentially could mean to the U.
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In a display of the collegiality of the administration, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, who was not originally privy to the details on the summit, was allowed to scuttle a Scowcroft/Baker proposal to ban MIRVed
mobile ICBMs that he opposed.
ICBMS were once considered to be destabilizing because they held out the possibility that an attacker could destroy a large number of opposing strategic nuclear forces, including ICBMS, with the expenditure of only a small fraction of his own force.
A leak from a Congressional committee chaired by California Republican Christopher Cox regarding the alleged theft of secrets about the W-88 nuclear warhead (a sophisticated, miniaturized bomb that fits on a MIRVed
launcher) by Chinese spies--a nonevent that was never substantiated and was scoffed at by most experts--along with the contentions of a controversial and much-disputed source, was used by the newspaper to smear a Taiwan-born US citizen singled out for vilification simply because of his ethnic background.
Yet, the apparent lack of any MRVed or MIRVed
missiles in the Chinese inventory suggests to some that China has adopted "minimum deterrence" as its strategic doctrine.
Having obtained information on the United States's smallest and most modern nuclear warhead, China could combine such a warhead with smaller reentry vehicles and reconfigure its multisatellite bus developed for launching Motorola Iridium satellites and convert the DF-5 into an eight-warhead MIRVed
Intercontinental ballistic missiles with MIRVed
warheads containing plague were available for launch even before 1985, and SS-11 and SS-18 missiles have been mentioned in this connection.