Skip to comments.How the U.S. Navy is Trying to Make China's 'Carrier-Killer' Missiles Obsolete
Posted on 12/20/2016 1:55:44 PM PST by Enchante
The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully launched a salvo of two Raytheon Standard SM-6 Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target earlier this week. USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyerconducted the test shortly after midnight on Dec. 14 to demonstrate a Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability.
"This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our fleet commanders," Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the MDA said in a statement. "The SM-6 missile and the Aegis Weapon System continue to prove that they are critical components of our nation's multilayered, robust ballistic missile defense system."
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If I knew more, and told you, I’d have to shoot you (and then myself).
The Order of Battle “should” dictate that any launch on our fleet is the basis for unleashing our Triad.
For the simple reason that China could numerically overwhelm the fleet’s ability to defend itself, even with these weapons.
As John Paul Jones served with distinction in the Russian Navy, do they have a warship named the Admiral John Paul Jones in their fleet? Just wondering.
I seem to recall they retired the last Aegis cruiser a few months ago. How is that supposed to work out?
I think the natural thing to do is to have a new class of subs, relatively large in numbers to have a half dozen on patrol around China at even given moment. Think guided missile frigate, but a submarine instead.
These things would be fitted with anti ship missiles and torpedoes. The anti ship missiles would have the stand off range to essentially sink anything the Chicoms have in the open water.
So if the Chicoms flex their muscle, we would nearly instantly have their fleet sunk and their country blockaded.
The AA missile is being slowly replaced by the laser.
I think you are confused. The AEGIS system is very much alive aboard the USN "Ticonderoga" class cruisers and "Arleigh Burke" class destroyers, as well as aboard destroyers of several allied navies.
A salvo of two.
I guess they tried and didn't do it.
The Navy revived its cruiser phased modernization plan in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, asking Congress to let the sea service put the remaining seven un-modernized ships into maintenance now instead of following Congresss two-a-year directive.
This request would save $3 billion in operating costs but would also set up a battle with Congress, which has come down against sidelining the cruisers in bulk. Lawmakers have also said the Navy cannot take its ballistic missile defense-capable cruisers out of service for modernization without having a BMD-capable replacement ready and four of the Navys five BMD-capable cruisers are still awaiting modernization.
Ahead of going to Congress to testify on the budget request and the newest instantiation of the phased modernization plan, Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, told reporters in a Tuesday afternoon briefing that the phased modernization brings more good than harm.
The Chinese have a basic problem with their missile. You can’t hit something you cannot see. It is a very big ocean.
A laser is a great idea - as long as the air is clear. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case once the battle begins.
I hope we do not put all our eggs in that basket!
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No, there are some left and some are in dry dock for refit and modernization.
According to that article, the Navy brass (a bunch of 0bamorrhoids, at this point) is trying to play shenanigans and retire some ships ahead of schedule. Not sure why the want to get rid of some (not all) of the Tico cruisers. It makes no sense to me. In any case, all of our Tico cruisers and Arleigh Burke destroyers (and that’s pretty much the entire surface combatant fleet) use the AEGIS battle management system, so it’s not going away any time soon.
I’ll add that USS BUNKER HILL, the oldest of the Ticonderoga class still in service, was launched in 1986. Houston, we have a problem ...
Why is this being discussed at all?
That’s good to hear. I’m assuming that a cruiser, being larger hulled, has more capability than a destroyer.
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