South Atlantic in 1958
Shot Argus I, Shot Argus II, & Shot Argus III
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Operation Argus was a series of US low-yield, high-altitude nuclear weapons and missile tests secretly conducted over the South Atlantic Ocean.
The tests were to study the Christofilos effect, which suggested it was possible to defend against Soviet nuclear missiles by exploding a small number of nuclear bombs high over the South Pacific. This would create a disk of electrons over the United States that would fry the electronics on the Soviet warheads as they descended. It was also possible to use the effect to blind Soviet radars, meaning that any Soviet missile-based ABM system would be unable to attack the US counterstrike.
Dates: Aug 25 – Sep 10, 1958
Operation Argus - The Secret Atmospheric Nuclear Tests to Create a Man-Made Radiation Belt
List of Participants
|SHOT||DATE||SITE||US SHIP PARTICIPATION|
|Argus I||8/27/1958||South Atlantic||Tarawa, Bearss, Courtney, Hammerberg, Warrington, Neosho, Salamonie, Norton Sound, Albemarle|
|Argus II||8/30/1958||South Atlantic||Tarawa, Bearss, Courtney, Hammerberg, Warrington, Neosho, Salamonie, Norton Sound, Albemarle|
|Argus III||9/6/1958||South Atlantic||Tarawa, Bearss, Courtney, Hammerberg, Warrington, Neosho, Salamonie, Norton Sound, Albemarle|
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