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

One of the applications of the superguns Gerald Bull was designing for Iraq would have been firing of an anti-satellite shell that would have blinded Western spy satellites with a sticky material. The supergun, with a 30 m long artillery barrel, was being constructed in northern Iraq. The gun would also have been used to lob nuclear shells over long ranges. This low-technology ASAT was revealed by Iraqi defector General Hussein Kamel al-Majeed and reported by UPI on 22 September 1995.


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