How Long Will the War Ships Last? By James Reed

US aircraft carriers, the pride of the US military, could be sunk by as few as 24 communist Chinese hyper-sonic missiles, according to a study published in the Chinese journal Journal of Test and Measurement Technology. The simulation involved the USS Gerald R. Ford, and the simulation also targeted other surface ships including the CG56 Ticonderoga-class cruiser the San Jacinto, as well as the DDG-103 Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer.

There is no reply available to the public from the US on this. Little information is available about how these ships would respond to hyper-sonic missile attack. It is possible that laser technology, which the UK is advanced in may be used. Another idea is that present defence systems can deal with hypersonics, as the issue is not the speed of the missile, but its early detection, and such missiles can in principle be shot down if detected soon enough say by satellite technology detection. Hence there might be some sort of attack upon satellite technology prior to these attacks. We will no doubt see in due course as the war becomes kinetic.

"If they wanted to, China and / or Russia could easily sink United States aircraft carriers using just 24 Chinese-made hypersonic missiles, a new paper published in the Chinese-language Journal of Test and Measurement Technology claims.

Dropping these bombs on America's most potent aircraft carriers would be "catastrophic," according to a war games simulation that was conducted by a team of military planners out of China.

Simulating more than 20 intense battles, the team put together video games in which Chinese forces successfully sank the USS Gerald R. Ford carrier fleet using two dozen anti-ship missiles. In the simulation, U.S. vessels approached a China-claimed island in the South China Sea after being warned several times to back off, prompting the Chinese side to launch a missile attack in the game.

The publishing of these simulation results marks the first time ever that simulated hypersonic strikes against a U.S. carrier group were made public.

Besides the USS Gerald R. Ford, the simulation also targeted other surface ships with "unparalleled strength and advanced technology" that include the CG56 Ticonderoga-class cruiser the San Jacinto, as well as the DDG-103 Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer.

The Ford, commissioned in July 2017, features a pioneering electromagnetic launch system and state-of-the-art radar and electronic warfare system. The entire carrier group was also equipped with soft defense weapons such as decoys, chaff and flare dispensers designed to combat missile attacks.

"These sophisticated technologies detect incoming threats while multiple layers of armour and protective systems are designed to lessen the impact of missile attacks and other enemy firepower," one report out of China explains.

"The strike group's cruisers and destroyers were also equipped with advanced weapons and defensive measures, including radar systems that could detect incoming threats while simultaneously tracking multiple targets, the researchers said."

China thinks it can destroy "unsinkable" U.S. carrier fleet

Hailing from a university in north China, the researchers claim that based on their simulation, the Chinese military was successfully able to sink each and every U.S. vessel, bringing about a total victory.

Keep in mind that this is the supposedly unsinkable U.S. carrier group, which conventional weapons cannot touch. China's hypersonic missiles, though, are apparently a sure bet.

In the simulation, China launched the weapons from six different sites in various remote areas of China, including some as far away from civilization as the Gobi Desert. The Chinese military displayed "unusual prowess in their sophisticated launch strategy," which included a complex three-wave attack designed to trick and overcome U.S. defense systems.

While the simulation results are encouraging to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China recognizes that these are not real-world results. Only a real-life attack would prove whether or not the concept works as tested.

The simulation admittedly had several restraints as well, including lack of access to spy satellites stationed in space, as well as a limited overall number of hypersonic missiles.

The overall purpose of the war game was to be "lenient with the enemy and strict with oneself," the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.

It should also be noted that China is now in possession of a WZ-8 supersonic reconnaissance drone, this based on satellite imagery obtained by Defense News.

"The accuracy of the data used in war game simulations is critical to their usefulness in evaluating potential scenarios," commented a Beijing-based aerospace defense industry engineer who spoke to SCMP on the condition of anonymity." 



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