Is the nuclear missile intercept base in Interceptor real?

interceptor is the latest action film to hit Netflix and is packed with badass antics from the film’s main heroine, Captain JJ Collins, masterfully played by Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. JJ must outmaneuver a former intelligence officer, played by Luke Bracey, who is planning a hostile takeover to carry out a horrific plan.

Whether you’ve already seen the film or not, you might be curious about the film’s central plot, which revolves around a deserted nuclear missile intercept base. Is there such a thing in real life? Do we have a real intercept base somewhere that deploys missiles that can protect us from a potential nuclear threat?

Is the nuclear missile intercept base in Interceptor real?

Yes, systems do exist to intercept ballistic missiles. Ballistic missiles are designed to launch nuclear (and chemical, biological, etc.) warheads. The purpose of an Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) is to intercept and destroy the ballistic missiles before they wreak havoc. There are also intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) designed almost exclusively to deliver nuclear weapons from a distance of 5,000 kilometers.

Well, although the movie makes it seem as simple as pressing a button and firing the interceptor missiles to save the world, in real life it’s a lot more complicated. According to Salon, the US has an ICBM defense system called Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) and “it is the only system currently deployed to defend the continental US, with 44 interceptors based in Alaska and California. Unfortunately, it probably won’t work.”

Although it is theoretically possible to intercept a nuclear missile, it is very difficult, and scientists still haven’t figured out how to come up with a foolproof method.

So, in short, what happens in interceptor is based on a real idea, but it doesn’t work exactly as we see it on screen.

interceptor now streaming on Netflix. Is the nuclear missile intercept base in Interceptor real?

Aila Slisco

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