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    Patriot striking nuclear missile.

    What would be the effect if a Patriot missile was to successfully hit and destroy a nuclear missile? Would the remains of the missile fall to earth and create a smaller level nuclear disaster or would there be a catastrophic nuclear explosion on impact and destruction?
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    Look at what happened to the intercepted Scud missiles in the 1st Gulf war. Some exploded midair and some were hit but came down in large pieces.

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    Guys.. You can only set off a Nuke in a very specific manner. But yes shooting down a large NC missile can produce local Fallout at the crash site.
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    There is a possibility that the non-nuclear explosives would detonate upon impact with the ground, resulting in contaminated area (few sq km depending on altitude). A major nuclear explosion resulting from impact is, however, rather unlikely.. but it also depends on what part of the arming procedure has already been completed by the time of the shotdown.. I think it would be quite easy to program the warhead to detonate automatically once a missile failure/breakdown is detected while over hostile terrain.. maybe they even do it that way.. I don't think there is much open talk about these things..
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    Scud probably isn't the best example as it was single-stage, plus the modifications the Iraqis had made to increase weight often caused structural failure and large falling chunks before the SAMs even approached them

    Nike Hercules was routinely intercepting similar Corporal missiles in the 1960s and I believe chunks of motor fell to earth but not much more. They also intercepted the second-stages of other Hercules and left nothing but light debris.

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