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- Boost-stage defenses are the only layer that can successfully destroy a MIRV (an ICBM that has multiple warheads.)
- Even so, boost stage interception is really difficult particularly against solid fuel ICBMs of the type that Russia and China use.
- And even then the only current technology capable of doing it has to be within 40 km (~25 miles) of where the missile is launched. For those in Utah that means that if you had an anti missile defense system located at Hill Air Force Base it could shoot down missiles launched from no farther away than downtown Salt Lake City.
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