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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

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Even Russia's new COrvettes/Light Firgates have supersonic AShM and Cruise Missiles, with a reasonable Air Defence Capability. They are also often equipped with more of each type compared to NATO's usual maximum of eight sub sonic AShMs. Even their conventional SSKs carry long Range supersonic and cruise missiles. Without a good offense the initiative is with the opposition in most cases.

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I think it is worth noting that most of the Russian navy is sub 3000 ton ships so as said a near hypersonic Aster 30 would achieve a mission kill

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Tempest414 wrote: 24 Jun 2022, 08:40 I think it is worth noting that most of the Russian navy is sub 3000 ton ships so as said a near hypersonic Aster 30 would achieve a mission kill
Not sure. It all depends on WHERE the missile hits. If the Aster 30 hits the forward gun, (don't ask me why, just "if"), the gun will be lost but the ship will keep fighting. Aster 30 dart is light weight, can't find the number but it shall be something like 150 kg or less (as the fuel burns out).

(In comparison, SM1MR (SM2MR) weighs 560 kg (or 600 kg).)

By the way, Aster 30 will not be hypersonic (but will be super-sonic) in its terminal phase (actually, this is true for majority of the hypersonic missiles). Atmosphere in low altitude is very dense. If there is a Mach 3 = 1000 m/s, 100 kg dart flying, it is 0.1 MJ. This corresponds to 25 kg of TNT (energy similar to a warhead of, say, 40 kg or so? No idea) . And, Aster has a 15 kg focused fragmented warhead.

SeaSparrow has a 41 kg warhead and 230 kg dart. It onece hit a Turkish destroyer. See https://turkishnavy.net/2019/10/02/lest ... uavenet-6/

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