Isos wrote:US anti ship capabilities are the harpoons carried by Super-Hornets. It's far the best way to attack ships. They have longer range than anti-ship missiles alone as they have missile + Aircraft range. They can spot big cruiser or destroyers at 200km at least and lunch their missiles at the same range. They can destroy helicopters easily and reaload missiles easily too. Their isn't any anti air defence systeme that can threat them at these ranges and in the middle of the ocean they won't be attacked by an air force.
It's just impossible for Russia to win a naval war far away from its Mainland against US navy. Close to the shores Russia can interceped the Hornets with is own Sukhoi. And that the strategy of Russia, they don't need much as their interest is to protect the borders, not to attack the US. They could lunch their long range missiles in an ocean battle but they won't be able to reload like you reload and F-18.
I very much agree here. The US doctrine spreads the risk much better, be it in open waters or near their opponent's waters. The Hornet capability is very much real and enhanced with the upcoming AGM-158C, with over 350 km effective range. Also B-1B bombers can come out and play with this one and the weapon is designed to fit Mk 41 VLS, although not fielded yet.
If one combines this with AEW&C assets and data fusion from other flying assets (e.g. MH-60R), well shows how the US side is being smarter by spreading the risk, keeping all the big assets (destroyers and cruisers) well out of harms way. If such ASM strikes are combined with saturation attacks by Tomahawks and even SM-6s, then there's a distinct advantage that no last-moment CIWS or naval SHORADS can overcome.
So it's not about wonder-weapons, e.g. marvelous supersonic one-time shooters, as the US did not invest in them. It's about playing the long game, playing to win. Brown water corvettes or frigates (the core of the Russian Navy right now and for the next decade) have zero chances in such threat environment, even near home waters. The inherent lack of numbers, launch tubes and reload capability simply lets them down.