TOS wrote: i posted it because i find it terrifying ... it's an advanced russian cruise missile designed to take out carrier groups
it travels at several times the speed of sound and skims just a hair above the ocean's surface, so it's basically immune to interception
previous generations of the missile worked cooperatively, so when fired in volleys they would network with one another one, decide which of them had the best chance of interception, and take turns popping to higher altitude to get a solid radar lock (if one got shot down another would take its place)
the saudis have been taking severe damage off yemen from anti-ship missiles and it freaks me to imagine what they'd do to a supercarrier
Arms races have never really stopped. The new bit is the United States being behind on one front. In the long run it's a losing play I think, it only gives Russia an advantage till the next generation of unmanned drone ships come into service and it must cost a huge amount of money. The question is, what can Putin do in that time while he can neutralize the immense power projection that Carrier Battle Groups give the USA?