Gimme a break … if the target can be deetected any kind of sensor the damn missile can be steered close enough to it to lock on
Yeah… No. Tell me the range of the longest “sensor”, then tell me the range of the longest ship to ship missile we have. Can you explain to me how a Tomahawk “locks-on”?
with the apparently lame, overpriced, and ineffective guidance system we have been paying through the nose for for so long.
Overpriced? YES, for sure. Damn wasteful government bastards. Ineffective guidance? No. Seems to be hitting its land targets just fine over the years. These missiles are old, and have been around for a long time. They have already been paid for.
The all but crippled Germans were guiding missiles to ships at the end of WW2 with primitive television technology. Considering we can zap a terrorist’s car in Bumfukistan from a trailer park in the Florida panhandle wouldn’t you think some swabbie could steer a cruise missile close enough to get a lock before his own ship got zapped by some third world navy that had better technology for less money a decade ago? We have enough money invested in satellites that we shouldn’t even need a swabbie with a joystick.
You have a complete lack of knowledge on missiles, range, guidance systems, drones, geography (Assfuckistan, get it right), the movie Top-Gun, and mr swabbies job at the control console. Comparing a hellfire missile fired from an aircraft being remotely operated by a drone pilot in Florida to a land attack missile being being fired from a destroyer and hitting a moving maritime target for the first time is completely irrelevant and simply an over generalization of the subject. What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone that viewed this thread is now dumber for having read that… (A little sarcasm here).
The “Fritz X” as you are referring too had a range of 5NM. The TLAM has around 1000NM. Our current anti-ship missile has a range of about 80NM (harpoon, SM). Other Navies have been developing longer range anti ship missiles in recent years. We on the other hand haven’t been pursuing (seriously) a long range ship to ship missile since the old harpoon (1977), which is being phased out. Why haven’t we? Different ideas on tactics based around the aircraft carrier. The harpoon has been deemed sufficient all this time. Now other navies have been developing new systems with longer ranges. We have not. What is a good solution for now? Hmm, how about the Tomahawk, a missile we already have, with an awesome range. Theres much more to this subject, but I see nothing wrong with utilizing something in our inventory for a role that needs filled.
The sad part is the Navy had a variant of the Tomahawk in the 80’s and early 90’s that was designed specifically for the anti-ship role. It had the necessary guidance systems (like radar) but was pulled from service. Now we are re-inventing the wheel, utilizing a TLAM for a role that had already been filled in the past.