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BOMARC Nuclear Surface-to-Air Missile

The CIM-10 Bomarc was the only surface-to-air missile (SAM) ever deployed by the United States Air Force. All other U.S. land-based SAMs were and are under the control of the United States Army. The supersonic Bomarc missiles were the first long-range anti-aircraft missiles in the world. They were capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads. Their intended role in defense was in an intrusion prevention perimeter. Bomarcs aligned on the eastern and western coasts of North America theoretically would launch and would destroy enemy bombers before the bombers could drop their payloads on industrial regions. It involved the deployment of tactical stations armed with Bomarc missiles along the east and west coasts of North America and the central areas of the continent. BOMARC and the SAGE guidance system were phased out in the early 1970s since they seemed to be ineffective and costly. Neither of these systems was ever used in combat, so while their combat effectiveness remains untested, they are still perceived as having been an important deterrent. In addition to the USAF, the Bomarc was also deployed by Canada after the country had canceled its advanced Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow manned interceptor in 1959.

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  1. edjcox
    edjcox Feb 29, 2012

    BOMARC's were tested and proved their intercept ability in the nuclear enviornment. High intercept speeds and tracking difficulties proved them less reliable when conventionally armed.

  2. Murray_B
    Murray_B Apr 07, 2014

    The primary function of the Bomarc was not to destroy attacking bombers but to deter an enemy from attacking in the first place. Since there was no attack it looks like it was 100% effective in performing its primary function. By the way, it is a liberal fantasy that the CF-105 Arrow was an "advanced" aircraft. Aerospace Engineering Professor Julius Lukasiewicz who had studied he Arrow said there was, “nothing extraordinary about it.”.

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