GarryB wrote:Ok thanks I wasn't sure if it could pick targets smaller than 10,000 tonnes
I read that the AS-4 Kitchen was designed to target only large ships as mentioned earlier in this thread too
Keep in mind that technology improves over time and I would suggest all modern Russian anti ship missiles would be able to target surf boards by now... the AS-4 likely would not have been wasted on a corvette in the 1980s, but these days even corvettes are potent vessels that can't be ignored.
Besides once the fighting starts most ships will scan for threats making them vulnerable to anti radiation models of AShMs too.
True but I was most interested in capabilities of Soviet ASM in the 80s, do you think saturation might work against destroyer sized targets ?
e.g if 5 Tu-22M launch 2 x AS-4 each against a destroyer there are good chances atleast one would find home and given large warhead most likely sink the ship
Again I do understand AS-4 were to be saved for CVBG but even a harpoon armed destroyed can be bad news at the wrong place and need to be eliminated , and other ships armed with ASM or SSM may not be around e.g Krivaks, Udaloy, Kara , Kresta II carried no anti-ship missiles