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point defense

The defense of a particular location or spot, such as a city or an airfield, as distinguished from an area defense or line defense.
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Rather than attempting to defend Washington DC (which would hardly have been a vote-winner), in 1975 America installed the Safeguard point-defence system consisting of a 100-unit mix of Spartan and Sprint nuclear-tipped ABM missiles at Grand Forks, North Dakota to defend a nearby ICBM site.
In between the ABL and the low-endo-atmospheric point-defence Pac-3, theatre ballistic missiles may be intercepted by the US Army's Thaad (Theater High Altitude Area Defense), described as the world's first endo-/exo-atmospheric system.
Derived from the land-mobile SA-8 Gecko, it differed from US point-defence surface-to-air missiles in having a twin-arm "pop-up" launcher and integral drum magazine.
France has developed its own point-defence surface-to-air missile, the Crotale Naval version of the land-mobile Cactus, designed for South Africa.
Originally deployed in the Seasparrow BPDMS (Basic Point-Defence Missile System) form, this has largely been replaced by two more modern systems.
Aspide missiles are also used by the Selenia Spada, a point-defence system in service with the Italian forces since 1983.
All such basic point-defence weapons face problems in target detection and acquisition, and some Chaparral modifications have addressed this issue.
Bofors is now developing a larger point-defence missile for service around the year 2000.