lørdag 17. juli 2021

Naval Strike Missile: The Navy’s New Weapons China Hates

On April 29, Admiral Mike Gilday informed Congress that by the end of 2022 the Navy planned to complete the installation of Naval Strike Missiles launchers developed by Norwegian firm Kongsberg on the service’s 31 corvette-sized littoral combat ships.Gilday also announced that in that timeframe, fifteen each mine-countermeasure and submarine-hunting modules would be deployed on the LCSs after years of delays.

If that ambitious schedule is met, that should finally give the troubled and under-gunned vessels the long-range punch and unique mission capabilities they have conspicuously lacked.

Currently, even surface warfare variants of littoral combat ships rely on relatively small-caliber 57-millimeter guns and Hellfire missiles only capable of engaging enemies a few miles away, ie. within visual range. That’s a big shortcoming considering even much smaller corvettes and missile boats operated by China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia can carry powerful anti-ship missiles with ranges measured in the dozens or even hundreds of miles.