True seekerof.. for it to truelt be the 'best' c misssile its gotta have a range of around 1000km(at least a variant of the brahmos should) and well
you can slap on a little RAM paint to it.. Then at supersonic speeds it will be almost impossible for it to be shot down..
And the benefit of a missile supersonic is the time factor..thats all...
As for the tomahawk being "very" accurate and my it is quite accurate in those pics chinawhite provided; well all those injured/dead civilians in
Iraq/Baghdad after the first onslaught of tomahawks comes to mind..
The US briefings at Qatar I think were plagued by journalists repeatedly questioning the credibility of the "so called" US precision weapons"..
Just a note to be remembered and NOT forgotten..
We tend to forget things soo easily these days
And now finally to answer all GPS claims:
This is for all who KNOW how a GPS works and/or own one! :
Since The whole GPS system is a simplex method of communication with non-geosynch satellites and the positions of receivers are only known to those
who are "holding" them, it is impossible for any country owning a GPS system , say the US (like W4rlord mentioned), to selectively prohibit any one
country from using the system.
Esp. say if India uses the US GPS, then it will only be able to use the civilian resolution of around 100m (C/A code) and the military(P code) will
not be usable.
So the GPS will be only used as a waypointish/nav co-od input for minor course corrections enroute to the target.
To resolve the actual target within the last 100 m will obv be the job of the cruise missile it self using its active-passive radar/imaging to search,
lock on and destroy the target..
So if the country in charge of the GPS system( say US) wants to prohibit a particular country(say India) from using its GPS then it must shut down
all civilian GPS globally..
IT does not have the capability to shut down satellites only in the region of conflict as to satellites are not geosynch and will as always move to
other areas as well..
If they somehow manage to selectively trigger timer ckts on those specific satellites over the region of desired blackout then those satelites will
require over 4 to 6 hours to restart (warm up), reacquire their own positions wrt othre satellites, update their ephemeris(sat almanac) and then start
transmitting again.And since GPs sats have a 12 hr orbital, I calculate that they'd be blacking out almost HALF the globe!!
Hence it'll be too much of hassle to do selective GPS blackout..
Having said that I doubt that Russia will in any eventuality block out India from using the GLONASS because I think India is heavily investing
technically contributing to GLONASS.
Hence the chinese necessity to build their own GPS Beidou..
How many satellites does Beidou have?
You need 21 in 6 orbital planes to achieve the above mentioned 100m civ/30m mil resolution..
[edit on 14-5-2005 by Daedalus3]