Just because your Corvette is armed with 700km range Onyxs missiles you think it will suddenly become useless if the Sigma network is down?I have to disagree about long range weapons.
You see, every military asset needs to successfully fight, even if network-centric capabilities are lost.
Long range missiles can still be fired at horizon targets, the thing is that when the network is back up and running they can also contribute to attacks on targets much further away.
Taking out a network is not actually that easy... jammers need to be close to the things they are jamming... a good solution to an aircraft based jammer would be an S-400 missile... the jammer aircraft is emitting a signal that can be used to determine its location passively over enormous distances... which means it is just asking to be shot down.
That is assuming the datalinks can be jammed.
At its core Sigma is a battle management system that takes data from the vessel itself and combines it with data from other nearby platforms and their sensors. To take out the system you would have to destroy all the vessels in the group... which would be rather easier to say than to actually do.There's a high probability, that those datalinks you are talking about could be lost in a war by jamming, cyberattack, destruction of relay station, many things.
Jamming simply wouldn't be good enough as real time data is not required, so if an enemy aircraft started jamming one of the naval group could engage with SAMs... to be effective it would have to be close to the platforms it is trying to jam. Once defeated communication can recommence and the data updated... that is assuming it can actually jam the system in the first place.
We wont see Yak-130s armed with R-37, that was just an example to give you an idea of what I meant.That's why we won't see Yak-130s armed with R-37 ever.
What might happen is that by 2020 a few Mig-31s flying high could be cooperating with Su-35s and PAK FAs and Mig-35s all of which might be armed with R-37Ms or newer missiles with even longer range.
During testing of the R-37 a Mig-31M launched the missile but used an Su-30M flying closer to the target to pass back target data... and one of the functions of the A-100 AWACS aircraft is reportedly to take over guidance of missiles like R-37M and S-300V4 and S-400 for the terminal phase so the launch platforms can focus on other things.
That is quite correct... the advantage of using long range weapons is that they can also be used over shorter ranges... the same cannot be said about shorter ranged weapons being able to be used over longer ranges when needed.Even Oscar SSBNs weren't supposed to rely on Tu-142s and RORSATs only, and if needed, would be targetting those Granits by sonar, at reduced range, of course.
I don't follow... you were the one suggesting the smaller vessels have shorter ranged weapons... if you have all long range weapons on all your vessels then you should always get the first shot against a similar or smaller vessel armed with shorter ranged weapons..or you find him but have to get into range to get him and he finds you too in the meantime and send you a volley of missiles...
well i guess im old fashioned...