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Re: No Ralph itís obsolete today, tomorrow is where your hope comes in.
Bull poo. The layered air defense tech of the Cold War was the Tomcat fighter to kill launching bombers at range, the Standard missile as the next layer, the Sea Sparrow as the next layer, then CIWS as a last ditch defense. Except for the Tomcat, all these systems still exist, and RAM has been added, and all these systems upgraded. So this statement: "but the needed layered technologies to evolve its defeat was cast aside with end of the Cold War" is nonsense. So is your statement about building ships to fight the Third World. Our fleet numbers are predominantly Burkes and holdover Ticonderogas, and using them for "everything" instead of only the high end missions they were meant for has been the primary cause of their wearing out as drastically as they have. Until we finally did build something to handle these other duties, we sent a top of the line warship for everything. They were all we had!
What is new is the threats. DF-21 and 26 missiles, and hypersonic weapons, and more precise targeting abilities. So, we are changing tactics, and developing new systems to adjust. You want lasers? You need to have ships with the power to handle them, like Fords and Zumwalts. So, claims of their obsolescence are not accurate.
Until a rapid shot multi-engagement laser or rail gun or other such device is deployed in numbers to the fleet the Ford, Nimitz as a matter of fact the entire fleet is obsolete.in a peer war due to saturation attacks. The tactic of using saturation in an attack is not new (think Kamikaze) but the needed layered technologies to evolve its defeat was cast aside with end of the Cold War (no peers cry) and Navy squandering funds building hulls to fight the 3rd World. The Navy of WW2 was able to deal with the the Kamikaze for it developed many systems before the appearance of the Kamikaze that when employed jointly defeated the attack ( i.e. fighter direction, creation of a CIC allowing fighter direction, the F6F, the belly drop tank, 40mm gun, radar directed gunnery) . We have some of that today but not nearly enough of what is needed. In addition to lasers etc. long range strike has to be developed to take advantage of any carrierís mobility, a cheap super-sonic anti-missile missile developed and deployed in numbers which can be fired from an aerial platform as well as say floating drone magazines and guided by Aegis (ESSM perhaps?)
Articles and hope do not provide capability merely information and desires. The articles though informative do not contradict the reality.
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