reply to post by Zaphod58
First of all...the CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford is the first U.S. Aircraft Carrier to use specific Carrier Structure Geometry as well as Radar Absorbing
Paint and Composite Skin to make it seem to an enemy that this carrier is a smaller ship...thus the "Stealth Designation"...although it is not filly
U.S. Navy and Airforce Fighters have in the past been using older "IN INVENTORY" air to air missiles in an effort to use them up before such
aircraft using the AAMRAM Hypersonic Air to Air Missile as well as the JUST IN and NEW as well as being rushed into service SCRAMRAM STEALTH/LOW IR
HYPERSONIC Air to Air Missile made in a joint project by Lockheed and Raytheon.
This is known as the SCRAMRAM SLIRH or pronouned SLUR Missile. It uses the same High Output/Long Burn Solid Fuel that is also used in the New SM-3 as
the old SM-3...which YOU are talking about when your referenced the Aegis Cruisers and Ticonderoga Class....originally used the first version of the
SM-3 which WAS NOT capable of destroying high speed Missiles never mind a Satellite.
If you google the New SM-3 which is now standard issue aboard all Navy Cruisers....you will see that the newest SM-3 is a vst improvement upon the
previous version as it is much faster and has EXTREME RANGE. The Brealthrough in High Power Long Burn solid rocket fuels is the main reason why the
U.S. abandoned the plan to place a AMB Site in Poland as well as build a new Radar system for it in the Czech Republic.
The U.S. announced it would not do this thus the issue the Russians had became mute as the new SM-3 was so accurate...so fast and had such
range....that placing these in Navy Ships off coast was more than addequate enough. This newer SM-3 is the same missile that destroyed the failing
U.S. Satellite in Orbit as well as scoring a Direct Hit not just on the Satellite but on a specific targetted area of the Satellite.
The U.S. also is using Modified B-52's and B-1B's as Air to Air Missile Platforms to augment F/A-22 Capabilities as the F/A-22 is followed into
battle by the Super Sonic B-1B's which are fitted with over 75 AAMRAM or SLUR Air to Air Missiles that an F/A-22 can target upon any aircraft in
enguages as such Bomber Carried Missiles are launched by an F/A-22 Pilot from the B-1B once the Bomber crew OK's position.