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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse29 Jan 2019 12:00 p.m. PST

…That Can Hit U.S. Aircraft Carriers

"China has revealed footage of its next-generation Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile showing improved stability and accuracy, a move analysts say aims to send a message to the United States about its military strength.

Footage of the missile was released for the first time in a report on state broadcaster CCTV, amid intensifying military rivalry between China and the US.

Four fin-like flight control surfaces are seen around the missile nose in the report on an exercise in northwest China. The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force launched at least one DF-26 missile during the drill…."
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Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

Jam or disable its satellite guidance or data-link and it will become useless.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 6:03 p.m. PST

I've never been clear on exactly how terminal guidance will work with these missiles. Ballistic missiles are great against a stationary target, but aircraft carriers move. How do they expect the missile to hone in on a moving carrier? There appears to be no built in auto homing or sensors on the missile itself, making them entirely reliant on external guidance.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 7:03 p.m. PST

They keep claiming that, but I call B.S. until there is "documented" proof it can be done.

Also, we have developed and proven things called missile interceptors that might interfere with their plans.

Once they do launch versus one of our carriers, if they ever choose to do that, I suspect their "carrier killing ballistic missiles" will be eradicated from the surface of the planet, unless they fire them all at one time, in a simultaneous salvo.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 8:36 p.m. PST

To be clear, I don't think carriers are invulnerable. They are floating fuel and ammo dumps and one detonation by an incoming weapon going off in the right place can render a carrier combat ineffective. If you throw enough ordinance at any ship it can sink, but these particular missiles just seem more dependent on luck than most, and China has their own Harpoon equivalent that I'd be far more worried about since they can lob lots of the things at once, and those have proper sensors built into them.

All this seems academic, though, since attacking a carrier would be an overt act of war.

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