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How British Spies Gathered Cold War Intel On The Soviet War Machine

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Combatintman,

Ever hear one about the SOXMIS that absolutely refused to leave--until our guys brought in an M113 VADS and pointed it directly at the offending vehicle? If you've got any good stories you can share of your own experiences in counter-SOXMIS, please do.

Here's the full BRIXMIS doc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dQfp8KUdYA

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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Combatintman,

Here's a little intel morsel from the Cold War. When I was at Hughes Missile Systems Group, our weaponeer, a physicist, was the keeper of the JMEMs (Joint Munition Effectiveness Manuals). These were huge orange binders, essentially target killing cookbooks in which a defined target/target array was evaluated against a range of munitions. Knowing the pertinent delivery variables, guidance performance and so forth generated Ph, and from separate (not integrated) modeling and tests of frag penetration, blast and sometimes fire, came Pk. When I was there, for several years the SA-8/GECKO SAM system, though amphibious, was deemed to be lightly armored. Turned out, though, we were wrong, and it was British Intelligence which got the goods--by photographing the hull of one (in a parade) with an IR camera. The imagery revealed the vehicle was essentially nothing but a fully enclosed DUKW into which the entire SAM system was installed. Another one was that the British caught a Soviet missile cruiser with its bow SSN-3/SHADDOCK launch container opened. For ease of maintenance, the missile type was prominently stenciled on the inside of the tube lid, including the ones showing where the nukes were! 

Regards,

John Kettler

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