posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 07:10 AM
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
The Chinese have carrier killer ballistic missiles to come straight in from straight up. Now that should be a game changer. I know we have
Aegis.....but the Chinese have manpower. How many missiles do the Aegis systems control? Not at once...but *TOTAL* for group wide inventory?
Not surprisingly, the exact capabilities of the Aegis system are classified. Missile inventory isn't, simply because all you have to do is count VLS
cells and add. Assuming 1-2 Ticonderoga class CG and 2-4 Arleigh Burke DD, you'd get a group-wide missile inventory of 320 - 640 launch tubes. The
exact load-outs are also classified, but there are a few open-source citations that indicate that about half the load is SAM. That would be 160 - 320
Standard SAM, 2-8 5" guns, 7-12 Phalanx, and 2-4 RAM launchers all under the control of 3-6 Aegis-equipped ships. Given what we do know about systems
that are considered obsolete, it's a fair bet that the Aegis system could control most of that near simultaneously.
Don't forget the other avenues the task force has for self defense...electronic deception and the carrier's own air wing come to mind here. Am I
going to say that a carrier *can't* be sunk? Nope. I *will* say that sinking it isn't going to be easy.
How many days of missile after missile wave could China afford to repeat while the U.S. can't get it wrong once....or we lose a Billion + and 5,000 +
War for REAL will be a horrible thing to see happen again. It's been a few generations since it's happened for us.
How many missile waves is China (or anyone else) going to be able to repeat? Ballistic missiles can be tracked, and they aren't stealthy in any
spectrum. Once the birds are on the way, the carrier group will have a fair idea of where they came from. Sixty seconds later (allowing time for
message encryption, satellite relay, and decryption, the entire US defense establishment will have the data...and neither the carrier group (with its
missiles and aircraft) nor the rest of the US military (with a variety of unpleasant options up to and in the case of a carrier attack, definitely
including a delivery from the Curtis LeMay Instant Sunshine Company (est. 1945)) is going to sit idly and let all those launchers reload.
The best (unspoken) defense that an aircraft carrier has is the quiet assurance that any 'win' you pull off against it is likely a Pyrrhic victory
in the classic sense. It's such a massive, complex, and technically demanding attack (if successful) that there is *no* "plausible
deniability"...and the American losses will be so high that most of the world will regard just about *anything* as a justifiable response.