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Can China Kill US Carriers?

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Published on Mar 6, 2012

A new "carrier killer" missile that has become a symbol of China's rising military might will not force the U.S. Navy to change the way it operates in the Pacific, a senior Navy commander told The Associated Press.

Defense analysts say the Dong Feng 21D missile could upend the balance of power in Asia, where U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups have ruled the waves since the end of World War II.

During Nam the estimated life expectancy of a carrier in a task group to task group exchange was approximately 45 minutes... But then that was the good ole bad days stacking up against the Rooskies...

The point air defense guided missile cruiser had about 45 seconds to provide the carrier with enough time to launch her birds... The USSR's primary strategy was to employ large waves of Backfire Bombers (Tu-22's) launching huge volleys of medium range (220 nmi) supersonic missiles (AS-4 Kitchen's) beyond the range of point guided missile air defense missiles and CIWS hoping to saturate air defense capability and, much like the Chinese DF-21, required a very large nuclear warhead to go after US Carriers. The current debate (which many believe is merely the US Navy playing up the 'latest' threat for funding) tends to ignore that the US has a deployed, effective, and improving capability to intercept such MRBMs well before they are a danger to a carrier (SM-3's).

But then we always have M.A.D. to rely on...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110215/a...

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