hoom wrote:I meant it purely quantitatively.So, you saying that 8 harpoon=8 Onxy , and 1 tomahawk = 1 Onyx?
Qualitatively Onyx & Sizzler would obviously be rated higher than Harpoon.
But if you're only sending 8 vs a Burke it probably wouldn't make a difference which type you send.
16* Onyx/Sizzler maybe.
As pointed out above US does have Mach 2.5 sea-skimming drones & shoots them down successfully with ABs.
Russian AA missiles mostly have quoted max target speeds well over Mach 2.5 also.
No one saying that it is not possible to shoot a supersonic missile.
The century old question is how many SAM you need to kill a tomahawk , and how many to kill an onyx?
We know that a vintage BUK with low training level operators killed one popeye with two rocket.
Means one SAM has quite high, probably 90-95% chance to kill a tomahawk.
The question is the onyx.
The US military publicly consider 4 SAM to kill one onyx.
Means that the chance to kill is somewhere between 50-80%.
The chance to kill depend on a lot of things that can be controller by the attacker , like weather, attack pattern , amount of rockets , software, evasion tactics and so on.
So, if we say the onyx has 50% chance to kill by one medium range SAM then the chance to kill the onyx is 6.25% if you shoot four SAM onto it.
If you use 5 SAM per onyx then the chance to kill is 3.12%.
It clarify the tactics of the attacker : shortest way to the target distributed as far as possibly from each other.
So optimal tactics is to have four attacker ship on four side of the AB or the carrier battle group , launching 16-64 rockets at the same time, number depending on weather, type of ship, information about the target and so on.
Means that from 16 onyx one will pass the air defence AT LEAST.
Say the short range defence stuff on the ship has 50 % chance to kill the intruder as well ( I think it is lower than that, but without having access to the extremely highly classified test data I can't make assessment) then you need 32 onyx to hit with one the ship .
See? If you change the tactics/programming/weather then this chance can go up or down.Example using chaff on the onyx, or ECM , or whatever that one million man-year can found to counter the defence of the enemy ships. Of course the enemy ship can use similar tactics.