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Planned stealth destroyer could underpin US Navy's China strategy

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posted on Jun, 4 2012 @ 03:19 PM
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A rail gun would be a line-of-sight weapon. Not good in today's world of all sorts of missiles capable of being raining down on it from multiple sources tens if not hundreds of miles away.

Bombard a coast with one, never! A sophisticated counter weapon would would track the incoming (rather instantaneous) firing and return with a homing missile. Who would expect that an attacking warship in modern times is going to get within line-of-sight of its land target? Nobody! Actually, that is why we or anybody has that type of "weapon" these days. They left with the demise of cannon balls.

It would be one thing to make it stealthy to surface radar, but what about from all angles above, aerial radar and satellite sensors?

I don't buy this sales pitch. I think they threw this together after it was recently announced that China was creating a fleet of speedy, catamaran attack boats.

Gone are the days of mighty warships at sea. The warships of tomorrow will be in low orbits.Their armaments willl be rail guns, kinetic missiles and hot lasers.




posted on Jun, 4 2012 @ 03:29 PM
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Slanted hull weakens the EM wave returns but what stops the IR homing device.
A big mass of iron sitting on the water must have many detection weaknesses.
Hey someone did the threat analysis they can live with it.
Something like Risk Management was avoided and the go signed off on.



posted on Jun, 4 2012 @ 03:42 PM
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Not to burst anyone bubble, but we already have "stealth" ships built and deployed. They are for exactly what that Faux News article is talking about. Littoral Type Ships.en.wikipedia.org...

USS Independence Class


USS Freedom Class



Even the new LPD's are of low radar cross section design. USS San Diego Class


They were going to build 32 Zumwalts, but are now only making 3 last I heard. It's kind of like the USS Enterprise and the Littoral Ships above. Proof of concept low production numbers.



posted on Jun, 4 2012 @ 04:14 PM
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One of these years we're going to build stealth nuclear missiles.

Think about it.



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