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    Post  Azi on Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:26 am

    Arrow wrote:Yes the new China destroyer class 055 has 112 VLS Shocked
    Does not mean anything! It depends on the role of the destroyer...land attack, air defense whatever... The quality of the missiles (hypersonic or not!?), quality and power of radar and of course the quality of the crew.
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    Post  Isos on Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:46 am

    Azi wrote:
    Arrow wrote:Yes the new China destroyer class 055 has 112 VLS Shocked
    Does not mean anything! It depends on the role of the destroyer...land attack, air defense whatever... The quality of the missiles (hypersonic or not!?), quality and power of radar and of course the quality of the crew.

    Chinese ship mainly stay near their shores. China can't use it the way US use them. They need a soft power to support their hard power and they don't have it. No one wants to become like China while most countries in the world wants the US capitalist system (you can devate if it is a good or bad system but that's the reality).

    If they send those destroyers/frigates in open seas, US SSN and bombers will send them to the bottom very quickly. They need at least 30 yasen and 4-6 carrier to support their fleet against US.

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    Post  mnztr on Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:49 am

    [quote="Isos"][quote="Azi"]
    Arrow wrote: No one wants to become like China while most countries in the world wants the US capitalist system (you can devate if it is a good or bad system but that's the reality).

    If they send those destroyers/frigates in open seas, US SSN and bombers will send them to the bottom very quickly. They need at least 30 yasen and 4-6 carrier to support their fleet against US.

    That is a load of nonsense. The US capitalist system is up to its eyeballs in 23T of debt. Its probably quite close to collapse at this point but know one knows exactly when.

    Russia has no desire to challange the USN directly. It just creates weapons that poke huge gaping holes in the USNs layered defence. I am not sure how or if the USN can close the hole made by hypersonics. The never credibly closed the hole made by TU-22s ripple firing KH-32s at a carrier group. With hypersonics this hole is 10x bigger. Diesel electric subs firing Tsikon ...no a chance in Hades

    The Chinese as well have no desire, they only wish to create exclusion zones. The rest is trade on the Eurasian continent.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:54 am

    So the Russian fleet will be much more powerful despite the smaller size than that of the USSR fleet?

    Of course.

    In all aspects... just look at their aircraft in the 1970s... ground attack was basically dumb bombs and rockets from Su-17 and Su-25 and Su-24 and MiG-27 aircraft, and short range fighters were MiG-21 and their longer range fighters were MiG-23s with interception being MiG-25 and MiG-31... none of them were multi role and very few of them regularly operated with guided weapons except for AAMs.

    Jump to now and all their aircraft are nominally multi role... the Su-34 can be a strike aircraft or a fighter with AAMs, the Su-25 has guided missiles, the fighters are now able to carry guided air to air and air to ground weapons of all sorts of varieties and sizes and they actually are buying them and using them.

    In terms of their navy, they have gone from custom designed specialist role ships, to multi role... the difference is enormous.

    Instead of buying anti ship destroyers (Sovremmeny class destroyers) and anti sub destroyers (Udaloy), they can buy frigates to perform their role... how many Sovs or Udaloys do they need? Their boats generally had primary weapons for a role and backup or defensive weapons so they could at least defend themselves in other situations... so the Sovs had torpedoes and RBU depth charges against subs, and the Udaloys main missile... the SS-N-14 had a backup anti ship mode so it wasn't a sitting duck in the case surface ships approached it, but the only ships they had that could be called multi role were their cruisers... the Kirovs had both anti sub SS-N-14s and anti ship SS-N-19s... and lots of other weapons to defend like RBUs and torpedos etc etc.

    For their new ships it is simply a question of what sort of missile you load in to the tubes... you can be anti ship, anti sub, and land attack all at once... more importantly you have new up to date electronics and communications systems that allow you to find your targets and threats as well... the sort of sensors and communications only their big ships like the Slavas and the Kirovs had to collect and process all that data is now carried on corvette sized vessels.

    So yes, the Russian navy will be much more powerful than the soviet navy, but lets face it... both were focussed on defending Soviet/Russian territory so taking on the US and NATO is not the goal... eliminating them locally to remove a threat could be their role though.

    Yeah but that's a useless comparison. Frigates, destroyers and cruisers have also evolved and are still more powerfull than a corvette.

    I disagree... the whole point of OSA type missile boats was a cheap little boat with the fire power of the broadside of a battleship salvo... they were never meant to be patrol ships or anti sub ships etc etc, they were a combat ship that could deliver a powerful blow but needed protection via other vessels or aircraft.

    Today a corvette with a Zircon missile is as powerful as the most powerful US AEGIS class cruiser, because while that US cruiser can launch 100 anti ship missiles that should sink a Corvette, that corvette can launch a Zircon strike to sink that cruiser too...and right now neither could defend itself from the other under normal circumstances.

    Yes the new China destroyer class 055 has 112 VLS

    But most of those will be SAMs and none of them will stop a Zircon.

    If you want to launch a missile you need a radar detection. 5 destroyers will come with 5-10 helicopters and will have the advantage.

    No, you don't. To launch a missile you need to know the general location of the threat... a Zircon wont be flying at wave top height... it will be operating at high altitude... probably higher than 30km to minimise drag and increase speed so it will be able to look around for its own targets and pass that information back to the launch vessel and upload it to satellite.... even Granits could do that in the 1980s... it wasn't just a local network for the missiles in flight...

    The only thing it can't face is a carrier group because they would be overwhelmed and for that reason Russia needs destroyers/cruisers and yasen with 32-40 VLS.

    Only an idiot would suggest the Russian Navy only needs a single corvette, what we are talking about is not how a single corvette can take on all of NATO and win, we are talking about the impact of a new missile and its effect down to some of the smallest armed boats they operate... previously a corvette would not get a second glance from the commander of a US carrier group... but not being able to see what is in those launch tubes means he will have to treat even a tiny corvette with respect... that is quite a shift in power don't you agree?

    Frigates will do the same work as corvettes but far away without coming to close from enemy country or carrier. But they need more weapons that can go further and better radars to see far away. Corvettes "long range" part is done by the air force or naval air wing.

    The terms corvette and frigate have specific meaning and their actual designs are merging and changing... many of their new corvettes one could consider as replacements for older missile boats like OSA and Pauk, while corvettes are getting bigger and heavier, and indeed frigates are getting bigger and heavier too... as pointed out some new NATO frigates are as heavy as cold war destroyers... but with nothing like their armament...

    If russia has no intention patroling far away but just countering US carriers then they only needs nuclear destroyer and cruisers and many corvettes.
    If they want to also patrol far away then they need a balanced fleet with fewer corvettes, many frigates (that can also be used around their mainland) and some nuclear cruisers and no destroyers.

    Traditionally the Soviets didn't have a lot of Frigates... many of their Krivaks were used by the MVD and KGB border patrol forces.

    Their current corvettes have destroyer level armament but lack the range and endurance which makes them good for self defence, but to expand trade and commerce around the world they need cruisers and destroyers and a couple of flat tops.

    But their basic weapons systems and radars are similar. Its kinda like a gun with 6 vs 14 rounds. You only need one kill shot. By spreading the capability into 3 smaller ships you can sail them in a triangle formation and cover a HUGE area, one gets hit you have 2 left. With a destroyer, one gets hit you are done. Plus the corvette will have a smaller radar sig as another +

    Corvettes wont be replacing destroyers... simply having more weapons on board makes a ship better protected from attack and better able to deliver a blow... these new corvettes are impressive, but their cruisers are going to be something else...

    China plans to build over 8 Type 055 destroyers. Russia will have one Nakhimov when they finally modernize it. Incomparable strength in favor of China.

    The contents of one Corvettes UKSK launch tubes... ie 16 Zircon missiles would destroy all 8 of those chinese destroyers fairly easily, and while those 8 destroyers could probably easily overwhelm one corvette they likely wouldn't overwhelm an upgraded Kirov class cruiser... and its 80 Zircons could take out the Chinese navy on its own if it needed to, but it does not need to because China is not the problem...

    Now Russia has in service only a few SSN.

    The biggest threat to US carrier groups is not SSNs but SSKs... and they have some rather good ones of those with new types on the way.

    No one wants to become like China while most countries in the world wants the US capitalist system (you can devate if it is a good or bad system but that's the reality).

    US actions over the last thirty years (ie post cold war) have made most countries realise what a monster the US has become and if they don't sort their shit out more and more countries are going to stop drinking the Kool Aide, and look for alternatives... Africa and Central and South America are already looking for alternatives to the west and Russia and China and India as well as Brazil and South Africa are stepping up as an alternative that does not demand changes in laws to reduce competition and make multi national corporations more powerful and richer.

    The Chinese as well have no desire, they only wish to create exclusion zones. The rest is trade on the Eurasian continent.

    Exactly... China wants to shift trade from going through the med and the suez canal to going past Russia... it really isn't in their interests to try to pick a fight with Russia... no matter how much the US would drool and wet their pants over that.
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    Post  kumbor on Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:15 am

    Arrow wrote:\

    Now Russia has in service only a few SSN.

    About 20 fully operational boats.
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    Post  walle83 on Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:36 pm

    GarryB wrote:

    China plans to build over 8 Type 055 destroyers. Russia will have one Nakhimov when they finally modernize it. Incomparable strength in favor of China.

    The contents of one Corvettes UKSK launch tubes... ie 16 Zircon missiles would destroy all 8 of those chinese destroyers fairly easily, and while those 8 destroyers could probably easily overwhelm one corvette they likely wouldn't overwhelm an upgraded Kirov class cruiser... and its 80 Zircons could take out the Chinese navy on its own if it needed to, but it does not need to because China is not the problem...

    So you are saying that a collection of 8 ships with almost 900 vls couldnt overwelm a single Kirov?
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    Post  walle83 on Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:42 pm

    kumbor wrote:
    Arrow wrote:\

    Now Russia has in service only a few SSN.

    About 20 fully operational boats.

    More like 15-16 actually.

    4 Akula
    6 Oscar
    3? Victor III
    2 Sierra
    1 Yasen

    And Oscars are really SSGN and not SSN.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:52 pm

    walle83 wrote:
    GarryB wrote:

    China plans to build over 8 Type 055 destroyers. Russia will have one Nakhimov when they finally modernize it. Incomparable strength in favor of China.

    The contents of one Corvettes UKSK launch tubes... ie 16 Zircon missiles would destroy all 8 of those chinese destroyers fairly easily, and while those 8 destroyers could probably easily overwhelm one corvette they likely wouldn't overwhelm an upgraded Kirov class cruiser... and its 80 Zircons could take out the Chinese navy on its own if it needed to, but it does not need to because China is not the problem...

    So you are saying that a collection of 8 ships with almost 900 vls couldnt overwelm a single Kirov?
    considering that us navy had no antiship missiles on such VLS... They couldn't do much with them.

    However Burke destroyers (and probably also Ticonderoga cruisers) are carrying 2 angled quadruple launchers for the subsonic harpoon antiship missile, so for 8 ships about 64 subsonic harpoons

    Better than nothing, but not overwhelming, especially considering the huge and stratified antimissile defense of admiral Nakhimov. Furthermore the range of the harpoons is around 300 km, much less than Russian antiship missile range, so they will not be able to retaliate.

    And modernised Nakhimov will not carry 20 supersonic granits, but a higher number (probably 40) of supersonic Oniks and hypersonic Tsirkon, the rest of missiles possibly a combination of land attack and antisub calibre.
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    Post  walle83 on Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:28 pm

    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:
    walle83 wrote:
    GarryB wrote:

    China plans to build over 8 Type 055 destroyers. Russia will have one Nakhimov when they finally modernize it. Incomparable strength in favor of China.

    The contents of one Corvettes UKSK launch tubes... ie 16 Zircon missiles would destroy all 8 of those chinese destroyers fairly easily, and while those 8 destroyers could probably easily overwhelm one corvette they likely wouldn't overwhelm an upgraded Kirov class cruiser... and its 80 Zircons could take out the Chinese navy on its own if it needed to, but it does not need to because China is not the problem...

    So you are saying that a collection of 8 ships with almost 900 vls couldnt overwelm a single Kirov?
    considering that us navy had no antiship missiles on such VLS... They couldn't do much with them.

    However Burke destroyers (and probably also Ticonderoga cruisers) are carrying 2 angled quadruple launchers for the subsonic harpoon antiship missile, so for 8 ships about 64 subsonic harpoons

    Better than nothing, but not overwhelming, especially considering the huge and stratified antimissile defense of admiral Nakhimov. Furthermore the range of the harpoons is around 300 km, much less than Russian antiship missile range, so they will not be able to retaliate.

    And modernised Nakhimov will not carry 20 supersonic granits, but a higher number (probably 40) of supersonic Oniks and hypersonic Tsirkon, the rest of missiles possibly a combination of land attack and antisub calibre.

    Well the Chinese destroyes would not be using Harpoon missiles im gessing. The YJ-18 is probably the preferd choice. 500+ km range with a terminal speed of 3,0 Mach.
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    Post  SeigSoloyvov on Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:36 pm

    That's assuming the missiles sink the ships and hit, modern-day DD's are very hard to sink even if you hit them. They are designed to take extensive damage and stay floating.

    We will be introducing the Block 5 Tomahawk in about a year tops, which is an Anti-Ship missile. So it is correct atm our DD's some of them anyways cannot strike ships some can depend on the block of Burke.

    However that window is about to close, soon all our DD's will have that capability.

    Btw if 900 Anti Ship Missiles fired at a Kirov the Kirov is going down Zircons or not, there is no ship on earth that can survive such a saturation attack.
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    Post  Arrow on Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:10 pm

    YJ-12 can flight with about 4M speed. Better than P-800.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:31 pm

    Arrow wrote:YJ-12 can flight with about 4M speed. Better than P-800.


    YJ 18 is comparable to the anti ship calibr (subsonic cruise and supersonic terminal phase.

    YJ-12 is an air launched missile, Russia has plenty of those and plenty of missile carriers for supersonic and hypersonic air launched missiles..


    Furthermore Russia is not at war with China .


    Even if there were problems between the two countries, Russia does not need to match 1by 1 their surface ship composition, since the two navy will not be needing to engage each other.

    Up to a distance of 2000km from Russia (aircraft plus missile range), the fastest and more secure way to sink enemy ships is to send a Tu22M or a Mig31K with hypersonic antiship missiles.

    Can we get back on topic please?
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    Post  PapaDragon on Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:10 pm

    Arrow wrote:YJ-12 can flight with about 4M speed. Better than P-800.

    It also has 1/3 range of P-800, see the problem? Cool


    But even at this pathetic range it is still formidable platform to take out USN ships so it's good that you do not underestimate your enemy

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    Post  miketheterrible on Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:48 am

    Add to that, it's slower than the Kh-15 or Kh-32.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:16 am

    An interesting article on the topic (even if maybe the whole discussion needs a new thread)

    https://m.vz.ru/opinions/2019/11/18/1004334.html

    Are Russian missiles capable of getting into an American aircraft carrier?

    November 18, 2019, 18:10

    Text: Alexander Shishkin, shipbuilding engineer
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    Post  Isos on Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:50 am

    An iraqi mirage f1 managed to hit a US frigate with two exocet. It was armed with standard missiles and the associated radars. The ship didn't even detect the missiles on its radar screens.

    Their anti missiles capabilities is not what they want people to think. Their radars have evolved so did missiles, the engagement should have the same result today with a new exocet with reduced rcs.

    Add to this that a single sweedish sub sailed in the middke of their formation and took pictures of the carrier without being detected and you realize that their carrier groups are very vulnerable.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:51 pm

    So you are saying that a collection of 8 ships with almost 900 vls couldnt overwelm a single Kirov?

    But those 8 ships are unlikely to be carrying only anti ship missiles in their missile tubes unless they want to be sitting ducks to anything the Russians care to launch back at them.

    Probably more than half of those missile tubes will be SAMs for self defence and a half of the remaining tubes will need to be anti sub missiles to defend them from Russian submarines... which China certainly could not ignore if they are going after a single upgraded Kirov class ship.

    So now we are talking about 250 perhaps missiles... and what sort of range do they need to get to to launch these missiles?

    And Oscars are really SSGN and not SSN.

    The SSNs were mentioned in regard to defending Russian surface ships from US carrier groups, so SSGNs should of course be included... in fact they will be an important component of the defence...

    The YJ-18 is probably the preferd choice. 500+ km range with a terminal speed of 3,0 Mach.

    Which fly at medium to high altitude and would rely on numbers to penetrate defences... the SAMs on the upgraded Kirov are optimised to engage such targets in enormous numbers... that is what they practise against.... their own high supersonic missiles...

    That's assuming the missiles sink the ships and hit, modern-day DD's are very hard to sink even if you hit them. They are designed to take extensive damage and stay floating.

    The Zircon is moving at almost 3km per second... which is roughly the detonation rate of RDX... effectively the impact speed of this missile is the equivalent of the detonation velocity of plastic explosive... even if it does not detonate its warhead it will still do some very serious damage to any target... to put it in perspective the APFSDS round from a 120mm Abrams tank is moving about half the speed of this missile...

    However that window is about to close, soon all our DD's will have that capability.

    Subsonic anti ship missiles... oooohhhh scary...

    Can we get back on topic please?

    Good point... back on topic people.

    (even if maybe the whole discussion needs a new thread

    I might start looking for a more suitable thread...
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    Post  walle83 on Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:51 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    So you are saying that a collection of 8 ships with almost 900 vls couldnt overwelm a single Kirov?

    But those 8 ships are unlikely to be carrying only anti ship missiles in their missile tubes unless they want to be sitting ducks to anything the Russians care to launch back at them.

    Probably more than half of those missile tubes will be SAMs for self defence and a half of the remaining tubes will need to be anti sub missiles to defend them from Russian submarines... which China certainly could not ignore if they are going after a single upgraded Kirov class ship.

    So now we are talking about 250 perhaps missiles... and what sort of range do they need to get to to launch these missiles?

    And Oscars are really SSGN and not SSN.

    The SSNs were mentioned in regard to defending Russian surface ships from US carrier groups, so SSGNs should of course be included... in fact they will be an important component of the defence...

    The YJ-18 is probably the preferd choice. 500+ km range with a terminal speed of 3,0 Mach.

    Which fly at medium to high altitude and would rely on numbers to penetrate defences... the SAMs on the upgraded Kirov are optimised to engage such targets in enormous numbers... that is what they practise against.... their own high supersonic missiles...

    1. So a minimum of 250 missiles fired from 8 different directions, and the Kirov would stop them all? Are they star destroyers? Also we should take the capabilities of the upgraded Kirov a bit theoretically, it still has years of work left and I would not be suprised if it gets delayed even more. The type-055 destroyers are here now and looking at the speed the PLAN is growing the next generation destroyer is probably on the way by 2025.

    2. Well even if we add the oscars it still doesnt add up to 20 active submarines.
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    Post  Isos on Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:12 pm

    2. Well even if we add the oscars it still doesnt add up to 20 active submarines

    Kirov won't go alone.

    They are getting 9 Yasen too. They have a great number of tu-22M, il-38, a-50 to provide targeting data for their own missiles but also for all the UKSK around there.

    Don't also forget that tere are 9 akulasin service not 4. Some are just being modernized but will return soon.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:05 pm

    i transferred off-topic posts here since discussion is about Russian anti-ships missiles vs PLA Navy ships
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:35 am

    Thank you George...


    1. So a minimum of 250 missiles fired from 8 different directions, and the Kirov would stop them all? Are they star destroyers?

    The Kirov from the 1980s is the equivalent of about 96 S-300 missiles, which is the equivalent 24 launch vehicles... so about four batteries of S-300 plus 192 TOR missiles... which is basically the equivalent of 24 TOR launcher vehicles, which is another four batteries of TOR with 6 vehicles per battery... and that is ignoring the 8 Kashtan batteries... each of which has 32 Pantsir missiles and two 30mm gatling guns... and they are not just sitting in a field on their own... they are a fully integrated air defence network on one platform.

    The upgraded Kirovs will be able to carry double the number of TOR missiles with twice the effective range and improved performance, because the new TOR missiles are half the size and each land based TOR system carries 16 missiles instead of 8 missiles it previously carried. It should be able to carry four times more S-350 missiles as it carried S-300s even with the existing launchers unchanged. With proper cell launchers it could probably carry even more because it will more efficiently fit those missiles in the space available... four times 96 means 384 missiles ready to fire, and with more efficient Redut cells I would add 1/3rd to the number of missiles simply because it uses the available space much more efficiently than the old revolver launchers that allowed under deck access to the missile tubes for testing and maintenance... which is all done electronically now... so 384 increased by 30 percent is about 500 missiles... active radar homing missiles of 60km and 150km range... plus the TOR missiles upgraded with twice the number previously carried because the new missiles are smaller and twice as many are carried in the same sized turret on the land based version... so that is another 384 missiles... they were already vertically packed but used an odd rotary launcher arrangement too, but lets just leave that at that... 500 S-350 missiles, plus 384 Tor based missiles, and of course the new Pantsir system has two 30mm gatling guns and 40 missiles per mount with 8 mounts... another 320 missiles.

    So 500+384+320 = 1204 ready to fire missiles... of course those 500 S-350 missiles can be replaced in their tubes with four 9M100 short range IIR guided CIWS type missiles, so they likely wont carry 500 S-350s... a more realistic loadout will be reduced by a factor of four with a few 400km and 250km range full sized S-400s, but then increased again by a factor of four with a few tubes filled with 9M100 missiles too.

    Plus of course 16 x 30mm gatling guns and the main guns... previously 130mm... who knows what calibre they might fit to these ships... perhaps 152mm Coalition based guns.

    With three helos as standard one could be the Ka-31 to give extended air coverage down to low level out to 250kms for early warning...

    Also we should take the capabilities of the upgraded Kirov a bit theoretically, it still has years of work left and I would not be suprised if it gets delayed even more. The type-055 destroyers are here now and looking at the speed the PLAN is growing the next generation destroyer is probably on the way by 2025.

    Talking about what is here now... the Russians would never send a single Kirov class vessel out on its own to fight the Chinese or US Navy, and right now the solution would be a MiG-31 with a Zircon missile under its belly... hopefully after the first few ships are sunk the enemy will see sense and rethink their strategy and decide to talk instead of use force.

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    Post  hoom on Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:04 pm

    8 Kashtan batteries... each of which has 32 Pantsir missiles
    6* & with Tunguska missiles.
    But the point is well made, the theoretical missile salvo PtG can absorb is something pretty phenomenal.
    Its literally designed to defend against multi-direction saturation supersonic sea-skimmer attacks.

    PtG can simultaneously do terminal guidance on something like 20-24 incoming targets if they're spread around so that all designators can work max-rate.
    The S-300 & Tor can additionally have several salvos of missiles in-flight, retargeting several times in the time sub-sonic missiles take to get from radar horizon to target, from recollection Kashtans would get in at least one re-aim too.

    Thats against targets coming in to hit simultaneously.
    If they are in smaller waves with a bit of a gap you'd have to send enough waves that PtG runs out of ammo & that'd literally be in the hundreds of missiles.
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    Post  Isos on Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:09 pm

    It is very hard to make your anti ship missiles come at the same time on the ship you are attacking. Even if chinese can launch 500 missiles they will come per waves of 20 or 30.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:14 am

    And most importantly with a Ka-31 in the air missiles coming in at wave top heights can be detected 250km out... so the S-350 upgraded SAMs can start destroying incoming missiles at 150km range or so... which means even if they can only handle 36 targets per battery, with the equivalent of 4 batteries that means 144 targets at a time... even if they are all launched to arrive at exactly the same time you can launch the missiles while the targets are out of range so when your SAMs get to 120-130km the target missiles have arrived there, so you can then launch another 144 missiles which should hit their targets at perhaps 70-80km, so that is potentially 288 targets already engaged and the rest will be at 70km range and closing... so a third salvo... perhaps of 50km range S-350s before the leakers enter the range of the Pantsir missiles... and then the TORs... and then the gatling guns.

    Obviously you can't expect one kill per missile but experience in Syria shows their new missiles have rather good performance against such targets... and there is also jamming and other soft measures too.
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    Post  walle83 on Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:22 pm

    Isos wrote:
    2. Well even if we add the oscars it still doesnt add up to 20 active submarines

    Kirov won't go alone.

    They are getting 9 Yasen too. They have a great number of tu-22M, il-38, a-50 to provide targeting data for their own missiles but also for all the UKSK around there.

    Don't also forget that tere are 9 akulasin service not 4. Some are just being modernized but will return soon.

    The 9 Yasen will take 10-15 years to complete (if ever), number of Tu-22M is about 60 at most, yes 9 Akulas in total but the queastion was how many was active and that number is 4. And "soon" a relative term, wouldnt hold my breath for all 9 to return.

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