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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun May 10, 2020 2:44 pm

    https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/japan-raises-stakes-with-a-hypersonic-anti-ship-missile/?utm_campaign=Asia%20Times%20Weekly%2005%2F09%20%28SrdtxJ%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ATF%2FAT%20Combine%20Weekly&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJ0c2F2b2xpb242OUBhaW0uY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiSkdldnFwIn0%3D
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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 10, 2020 3:14 pm

    The Soviets had the Mach 5 Kh-15 in service in the mid 1980s, this weapon is set to enter service in 2026, which means it might never actually get in to service and is certainly not certain to actually work.

    The article is strange in its extensive talk of special warheads to penetrate aircraft carrier decks... for a weapon moving at faster than 5 times the speed of sound penetrating the deck of an aircraft carrier is pretty straight forward.. a solid lump of steel weighing more than 10kgs would do the job fine...

    Talk of exotic penetrators like self forging fragment warheads is stupid... why waste time using soft metals accelerated by explosive when the weapon itself is already moving that fast?
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun May 10, 2020 3:45 pm

    W/o a warhead, the damage may be repairable or salvageable. So having it ensures complete destruction & also aids in penetrating buried targets.
    If the target is missed, it may have proximity fuses to explode & still cause substantial damage.

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