Airborne-based interceptors (ABIs) have been proposed for boost-phase defense and possibly for terminal defense. All near-term systems on which the committee was briefed have very limited boost-phase capability (intercept ranges on the order of 50 km). The limited ranges of which a system would be capable do not allow boost-phase intercepts from outside the territory of even a small country such as North Korea. Such a system would be viable only if the aircraft could fly CAP for extended periods of time over enemy territory after air supremacy had been achieved.

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