CDR Salamander posts on the test firing of new Iranian anti-ship cruise missile from a new destroyer. Not trying to make more out of the tiny vessel than it is, really a light frigate or corvette, he declares:
And adds the following commentary:
So – how is the ASCM inventory, training, and capability in our Surface Navy? Ahem.
“-1” if you take the lame LCS ASW weapons dodge of “… our helicopter/aviation/off-board weapon system will do that… ” answer – as if aircraft are always in an up status, with weapons, with the right weather, with the right crew rest, with a timely targeting solution … etc … etc …
Revealing an over-dependence by the Navy on last century naval airpower, over 40 years after the sinking of INS Eilat and the dawn of cruise missile warfare at sea. That last means any Third World country with a modest industrial capability and some foreign technical assistance, can compete with the 20th Century superpowers that still possess the greatest aerial armadas ever devised, with a vastly greater cost contrast to this amazing but increasingly irrelevant achievement.