Yes and NO! The missile is not smart, it has no AI onboard. The missile doesn't know if it hits the ship from side or length. So theoretical a Zirkon could fly 100 or more meters through a carrier, but leave only one small hole (of course destroying the warhead...simply everything of the missile). But hitting from side??? If a Zirkon would explode after 40 meters of penetrating it would be outside of the ship again, causing a big boom only in the air and not in the ship ;D So Zirkon, Onyx, Harpoon, LRASM and Co. will all explode a few meters after penetrating the hull.
Not sure what is "being smart" and AI for missile for you but her e AI here is not rally used to build optimal strategy of attack. To few resources too little time. No need too. It can be used to adjust situational awareness' parameters but nothing more. Besides even current missiles like Kh-35 flying in packs share and prioritize ships which to attack, based on their profiles. Consider it as rule base systems with finite number of predefined attack possibilities against different carrier groupings' configurations.
Other situation is if the hypersonic cruise missile will be smart, knowing from where it attacks. But this is music of far future.
This is not bout being smart but also having sensors allowing you to classify ships. Optical/radar/ whatever Hypersonic might have problems with getting thru plasma around missile but I am sure they will find workaround that...
Azi wrote:Much of energy goes oustide, but the blast is enough for a whole section Believe me! Smaller ships like corvette will be complete ripped off, bigger ships have higher chance of survivability.Singular_Transform wrote:An if the blast happens just under the skin then the best part of energy will go outside.
But if the warhead penetrate many bulkhead then the explosion damage will be absorbed by the ship structure.
It can be debated how the damage profile looks like, but I think we can assume that it will be devastating.
if you check energy equivalent with something like 3km/s + no need to add chemical explosives. Mass carries as much energy. The problem here would be about energy transferring from missile parts to ship.
Zircon was recorded like 8 Ma right? it is close to magical 3000km/s.... mybe newer versions with Ma 10-12 would not need any HE warheads?
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