DailyDirt: More Advanced Weapons

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Technology has oftentimes advanced the weapons of war -- creating new ways to destroy things on increasingly larger scales. But as our ability to destroy has become ridiculously big, it's time to start looking for more efficient methods. Here are just a few military projects that are looking to improve targeted destruction. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2012 @ 8:32am

    You do realize that most major militaries have anti-ship missiles, right? It's basically an upsized scud, which can be intercepted. Maybe we won't have a 100% hit rate in interception, but if you can't avoid the missile, I guarantee that more than one missile will be used in interception. Like any other attempt to penetrate a heavily layered defensive network, it requires saturation.

    Mostly, I'm curious how they intend to handle targeting. The only viable option that could possibly provide detailed enough data to hit a moving target with a ballistic weapon would be a persistent satellite connection. You can't exactly get an airplane close enough to 'laze' the target after all, and if you can, the carrier is totally screwed to begin with.

    If they attempt to use a sonar network, there's quite a few possible counter-measures there, making the missile an expensive long range waste that could only potentially get a lucky hit in.

    On board radar guidance? Chaff can screw that completely. IR? Flares. Also, I'm not sure if a Carrier has a good enough IR signature to confidently launch a missile and hope you hit it instead of a another ship. Visual guidance? Useless on a cloudy day, as now it can't target until it's too low to make the necessary course corrections.

    No, I'm extremely curious as to what they're using for guidance if they expect it to actually be useful.

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