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Class: Military. Type: ASAT. Nation: USA. Agency: US Air Force.

In May 1978, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a priority list of potential Soviet target satellites for the MHV hit-to-kill ASAT then under development. The Chiefs also directed that work on begin on a "conventional ASAT", a low-risk alternative system using off-the-shelf technology. This system, employing pellets as its kill mechanism, was intended as a backup in case the MHV ran into technical or cost problems.


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Conventional ASAT Chronology


01 May 1978 Pentagon issues ASAT target list

The US Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a priority list of potential Soviet target satellites for the MHV hit-to-kill ASAT. The Chiefs also directed that work on begin on a 'conventional ASAT', a low-risk alternative system using off-the-shelf technology.



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