Originally posted by planeman
According to newer reports it wasn't a UAV but a shore launched anti-ship missile: www.cnn.com...
A Chinese designed C-802 (YJ-82 www.sinodefence.com... ) missile probably supplied via Iran (which uses them). It would
require a radar lock to hit a ship - which makes this report sound UNLIKELY in my opinion - Hezbollah have search radars etc etc hmmmm.... But the
smaller C-701 which has a 20km range and is also manufactured under license in Iran has a choice of IR, TV or radar guidence, is much more within
hezbollah's reach and requires fewer logistics. TV or IR guidence could overcome the radar stealth of the Saar-5 if it was in sight of the shore.
[edit on 15-7-2006 by planeman]
While I am on record as always having preferred the 'swarm' approach of light weapons with intelligent targeting when dealing with any naval
combattant's outer/mid/inner zone AD; the use of the C802 brings it's own problems.
1. It's an Exocet Clone.
Showing just how the 'sell to anyone and it won't come home to bite us' mystique of selfdelusional belief in own-CM remains unbroken:
2. It Signals Further International Cooperation.
Which has it's own long tradition of "They won't call us collectively a bunch of sand-bleeps as an excuse to butcher us all. That would be so
'insensitive' and un-PC!" In this case, the casepoint example is probably that of the initial U.S. Lebanese embassy bombing, you have Iranian
Money, Syrian Military (explosives rigging expertise) and Guerilla Operational Support (then suicide drivers, now grunting the weapon into position
and providing security and logistics).
Back in 1982, the almighty Brits lost themselves cruiser and a destroyer play-pretending at a missile trap off Elephant Island in which the high-cover
SHAR were not even allowed to /break up/ the inbound A-4s with their oh-so-dumb single or paired 500lb bombs, skip-tossed into the sides of the RN
While operational details are different, the basic elements remain the same: If you bring a boat predictably close into shore so that you can use your
cheapest weapons system to shell the helpless, you are not only pinning your own flag on the enemy ops board maps. But you are /just asking for/ a
sophisticated head-shot return of fire.
Based on the assymetric value of your boat.
Now there are two ways to handle this.
One, put up a rotating CAP that guts any and all movement in 'likely AShM launch box areas' (i.e. more civillians dead for little or no gain) while
maintaining a 'fire at the launch plume backtraceable immedate reaction force.
Two, going in with commandos and finding the launch box to make a bloody mess of the shooters (impaled on stakes, burned alive, you get the idea).
This is less expensive in terms of wombat-huntin' logistics of sortie hours. But it has a high failure rate if the box is in fact a single-use
(throwaway) tube instead of a sophisticated truck system.
Remember, when those inestimable gits the Bloody Minded Brits lost their /fourth/ ship to an Exocet, it was because they sent the Glamorgan into do
NGS and, failing to pull back from the coast in time, got themselves a French enema via nothing more sophisticated than a converted garbage truck.
Where were the SAS/SBS you might ask? Indeed, where were the SAS/SBS when the Commandancia was so meaty a target and the two radars covering Stanley
Field were the only things that let the Argentines continue to make supply runs and pretend they were still in the fight.
'Too Valuable To Risk' thos commandos were. 'Too Busy' blowing up already-wrecked unimproved short strips.
Israel will learn again the value of combined arms at ALL levels. Or they will take desultory attrition just like Her Majesty's Finest. Snicker.