posted on May, 9 2014 @ 04:00 PM
originally posted by: crayzeed
woooh. Straight out of a comic book. Let me see. A 1 mega ton air burst say within about 10 miles. EMP fried electrics. One expensive pile of scrap.
What is it with todays military. Same old ships but with added plates on the outside. Same old deficiency. All conflicts whether old or modern (forget
whether spotted by radar or not) rely on actual visual sightings before engagement. Too much at stake for error. People don't count, friendly fire
etc.. But multi-million pound equipment, take it from me a visual sighting will be made first. You can hide a tree in a forest but you can only hide a
ship for so long on the high seas. For all you sceptics, the Titanic was unsinkable.
I just had to quote your post because you should be aware that US military electronic hardware, uses some commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components,
but most items are built to specific interface standards like MIL-STD-2169 (Classified) (High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Environment), MIL-STD-461
(Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment), and MIL-STD-464 (Electromagnetic Effects
Requirements for Systems).
Now to get off a large scale EMP you need the explosion the very edge of the atmosphere, meaning 20k or even 30k (30,000 feet is 5.68 miles) feet or
less is not high enough for good amplification range. To get an explosion up real high you need an ICBM and very few countries have that capability.
High-Altitude Nuclear Explosions (HANE) are generally around 30km (18.64 miles) and give a much stronger effect.
But I digress, I would say first of all, nothing is getting that close...especially if it's truly an advanced tech ship. If it's AEGIS (one class of
US destroyer is already) then they use 2-4 different types of radars that are combined and can track golf ball-sized targets at ranges in excess of
165 kilometers, sort them by assigning a threat value, assign on-board surface-to-air missiles, and guide the missiles to their targets. Phased arrays
switch rapidly and cover the entire range around the ship in milliseconds.