Originally posted by WestPoint23
Umm… just a few things here concerning USN anti-ship missile capability, the USN has considerable number of aircraft capable of carrying and firing
the AGM-84, and the AGM-119, as such you should take that into consideration before claiming that the SM-2 is all that’s basically left. And by the
way the US has fielded the AGM-84K (standard current and future version), and I think it’s a bit more than "old", the Tico’s and Burkes are
still Harpoon equipped. Originally the Flight IIA had their Harpoon launchers removed but following recent upgrades they have been refitted
Just to follow up specifically.
The AGM-119 is an air launched anti-ship missile, not a ship based weapon. I understand they are carried by US helicopters on warships, but I was
under the impression that Planeman was talking about ship based anti-ship missiles, of which the Navy has very few except on older DDGs and CGs. The
US Navy has not purchased a ship launched Harpoon since the early 90s. The Flight IIAs do not have launchers, and the US Navy has not bought a
specific launcher for the Harpoon since the last DDG-51 Flight I. The FFG launchers are in a warehouse in Virginia, I know this because I have seen
The Navy will not put Harpoon launchers on any ship now or in the future. The reason is, if the Navy ever needs Harpoons, they will buy Block II. The
Block II is a VLS cell capable version of the Harpoon, and wouldn't require any extra costs other than to buy the missile themselves. Fire control
and electronics are built into the DDG-51s so no cost there, like i said, the US Navy tests the missiles for Boeing.
The AGM-84K is an air launched version of the missile, not a ship launched version. It would be difficult to convert the AGM-84K into a ship launched
version, since the missiles have fold out wings that would require special canisters for storage in a launch cell, thus would incur cost. There is no
point, since the Block II already can do the job if needed, and are produced easily by Boeing although at a cost of 1.2 million per missile.
BTW, your last comment about refit is absolutely false. The Navy is about to go through the CG modernization program starting in FY07, which will be
followed by the DDG modernization program. In other words, there has been no refit of the DDG-51s yet, just maintanance. The currently scheduled CG
modernization program discussions involve removing the Harpoon launchers, which are located on the back of the ship, in favor of a UAV launching
system for the Scan Eagle.
The DDG-51 modernization program is currently way underfunded under the 313-ship plan. Under the currently proposed DDG-51 modernization program, and
god willing it will be changed, the CIWS in the rear will be removed in favor new electronics, while the Harpoon launchers would be removed and
replaced with a SeaRAM. While the CG modernization program is well funded, it will be very interesting to see what happens long term with the DDG-51
modernization program, which is scheduled to start sometime around 2013.