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Re: Most of the Iowa class is not armoured
Posted by Lars Scharff on August 9, 2017, 11:02:49, in reply to "Re: Most of the Iowa class is not armoured"
I intended to write that most of each ship is not armoured, including most of the superstructure and most of the hull. For sure today's anti-ship missiles could destroy the superstructure and the bow - the explosive power of these missile is much bigger than anything used in WW2. That is also true for the power of today's submarine torpedoes. I am anyway not sure why you describe the torpedo damage - something very different to the damage caused by anti-ship missiles.
To destroy a ship as fighting machine does not require to sink it - it is completely sufficient to destroy its sensors. Do you have seen e.g. the tests of a relatively small missile as the NSM? One of them completely destroyed the superstructure of a frigate. And that was just one. E.g. one hit near the forward main battery director of a modernised Iowa class battleship would destroy all its main sensors (radars) and likely also disable most of its Phalanx guns (by damaging their radars).
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