GunshipDemocracy wrote:The-thing-next-door wrote: While kinetic weapons can deliver a massive amount of energy this energy is distributed in 1 direction and does not create any sizable explosion like effect.
Kinetic weapons are best used against hard tagets such as tanks or bunkers and offer little to no explosive effects.
You don't see APFSDS rounds being used against infantry do you.
For the purpose of artillery KE weapons are utterly useless as they simply do not distribute thier energy outwards.
I hope that I have made it quite clear as to why kinetic bombardment will simply not work .
Oh yes they can. We both agree that there is energy and the problem ti to pass it to the ship.This can be solved by mechanical characteristics of warhead that scatters upon impact and many shards with high energy make "trips" around CV. Weren't Germans tried in on BK-27mm ammo befroe?
Against a carrier yes it could work very well actually but against a wherehouse or tent no.
I guess however with the increasing amount of tall buildings KE missiles might actually become very usefull tools as they will do far more damage to a layered structure than an explosive warhead of the same size.
But still agaist flat targets like tents in the middle east your missile will only get burried in the sand.