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Gun-Launched ASAT


American military anti-satellite system. Study 1990. One of the applications of the superguns Gerald Bull was designing for Iraq would have been firing of an anti-satellite shell that would have blinded Western spy satellites with a sticky material.

The supergun, with a 30 m long artillery barrel, was being constructed in northern Iraq. The gun would also have been used to lob nuclear shells over long ranges. This low-technology ASAT was revealed by Iraqi defector General Hussein Kamel al-Majeed and reported by UPI on 22 September 1995.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Babylon Gun From March of 1988 until the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Iraq contracted with Gerard Bull to build three superguns: two full sized 'Project Babylon' 1000 mm guns and one 'Baby Babylon' 350 mm prototype. Nine tonnes of special supergun propellant could fire a 600 kg projectile over a range of 1,000 kilometres, or a 2,000 kg rocket-assisted projectile. The 2,000 kg projectile would place a net payload of about 200 kg into orbit at a cost of $ 600 per kg. The 1000 mm guns were never completed. After the war UN teams destroyed the guns and gun components in Iraqi possession. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • Federation of American Scientists Web Site, Web Address when accessed: here.

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