a reply to: darkstar57
Russia has ALWAYS had a problem miniaturizing just about anything. It's a known fact that continues to this day. And miniaturizing something that
uses this much power to fit inside an aircraft is going to be a bitch and a half for anyone. Boeing finally managed to get it small enough to fit
into a large cruise missile with CHAMP, but it still won't fit inside an aircraft, because the aircraft doesn't produce enough power for it to fire.
But you're seriously going to compare an HPM to a cell phone? Why not a hand grenade to a nuclear weapon?
But let's look a little deeper into the system in question. The Su-24 allegedly used a Khibiny system, which is supposedly a High Powered Microwave
device that shut the ship down. Two problems there, fairly significant ones. The Khibiny isn't an HPM system, it's a radar jamming system. It's
also very small, and designed for aircraft self defense at short ranges. The pods for the receiver/transmitter fit on wingtip rails on fighters.
That's part of the Khibiny system on the wingtip.
If the Cook was disabled by an HPM, how did it manage to get to port under its own power? An HPM would wipe out everything
not just the radar.
That means it would have drifted until another ship managed to get there and take it under tow to get it back to port, where it would have required
major and obvious repairs. Not just "Oh we're at port, everyone that wants off is free to do so" and then back to cruising.
I'm well aware of Veterans Today, and how they work. That was just one story that they got completely wrong. In many years on ATS reading stories
posted by them, I have yet to see one in which they were right. They post all kinds of sensationalist stories that turn out to be not even close to
the truth usually, and at best have a kernel of truth to them. Like this one. The Cook was in the Black Sea, and an Su-24 did fly around them before
leaving. That was it.
As for the Aegis, do you seriously think that the designers haven't been keeping up with advances in counter systems, and just designed it and said
"It's good enough", and ignored it? HPMs have been in development for decades, and using them to counter radar has been one of the first things they
tried. Just because you have a similar radar, and have seen how they work doesn't mean they don't have protections against all kinds of things in
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