Disaster at Silo 7 (1988)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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A fuel leak inside an ICBM silo creates a dangerous situation that sends the local military and civilian authorities into a panic.


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15 September 2007 | oshooter
Suggested correction to commentary.
As a former member of the 308th SMW at LRAFB (the real life unit where the actual incident occurred), I found the movie to be lame at best. As is the case with so many "military" movies, it failed to accurately convey any of the realities of military life (they even made serious errors with the uniforms), they over sensationalized basic everyday things and glossed over major issues. Cheesy doesn't even begin to cover it.

Also, contrary to your 5th point, the Peacekeeper was not bigger than the Titan II in any respect. The Titan II was 103' long while the Peacekeeper was a mere 71'6" tall. The Titan II was 10' in diameter while the PK was only 7'7" in diameter. The Titan carried a single (unclassified) 9 Megaton W-53 Warhead while the PK carried a maximum of 10 300 Kiloton W-87 MIRV's (total maximum yield 3 Megatons). All in all, the PK was a fine "kid brother" of the Titan II, but the Titan maintains it's ranking as the #1 largest US ICBM ever fielded.

The point that the gentleman was making was that due to the accuracy of the current systems, as well as a shift in US nuclear policy, we no longer need massive single warheads capable of destroying entire cities in order to take out a single military target. We can now do it with a single much smaller yield MIRV without having to kill 10's or even 100's of thousands of innocent civilians, ergo, his statement was correct in every aspect, so " Bottom line: if there still was a U.S. military need for large, land-based ICBM warheads, there would still be Titan II's on alert today.", we just don't NEED such large WARHEADS any longer.

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