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Chemical Warheads Filename:043pgv.90d Subject: Chemical Warheads [ (b)(2) ] [ (b)(2) ] Response to question 5A: Q. As ordnance on an inbound tactical ballistic missile (TBM) is unknown, what would the effectiveness be of a chemical TBM if allowed to strike the Persian Gulf (vice intercepting it with Patriot and possibly dispersing, chemicals), over a wide area? A. The chemical in the warhead would be diluted and hydrolysed by impacting the water. The water is an excellent diluent and decontamination agent. Most, if not all, of the toxic effect of the chemical in the warhead would be lost by impact in the water. The SCUD-type weapons in the Iraqi inventory would likely detonate underwater due to the non-separation of-the warhead from the missile body. Q. Given present Patriot locations and mission to defend critical ports, would it be `better to allow a SCUD (TBM) to strike water or not? A. (U) Water impact is preferable.
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