Stiletto versus the Pirates
No secret yours truly is a fan of the M80 Stiletto as an affordable pirate-buster. Apparently we aren’t alone in this assumption; just read this from an article in the Washington Times titled “The convoy solution“:
Thankfully, our Navy is not as overtaxed as other military services in the current wars, so adding five to 10 more American vessels to the operation should be feasible. Over the longer term, this is an added scenario in favor of smaller-ship technologies for the U.S. armed forces.
One is the so-called Stiletto, a boat of considerable dimensions but modest weight and cost that captures its own wake and thereby can maintain high speeds at modest cost. It is a $10 million vessel, even counting UAVs (armed or unarmed) operated off its decks.
All for $10 million!! One of the authors is Michael E. O’Hanlon (the other is Stephen J. Solarz), a Democrat analyst who early on declared “the Surge in Iraq is working”. Thus we have high respect for his opinion.