China's "carrier killer" can be destroyed by US Navy, CRS specialist

(Tien Phong Online) - The report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said the China's new anti-ship ballistic missile DF-21D can be destroyed and not really be "the game changer".

Despite the ominous warnings from U.S. defense analysts that the country is facing the risk of losing its aircraft carriers by Chinese ballistic missiles.

However, by Ronald O'Rourke, a CRS specialist for U.S. Navy combat-operation, China's new anti-ship ballistic missile DF-21D (said to be a "U.S. aircraft carrier killer") may be destroyed by implementing measures combined activeness and passiveness.

According to the report, "China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities," by the end of March, 2013, O'Rourke said that the attack chain of Chinese ballistic missiles is not impossible to be intercepted.

At some stages in the series of Chinese ballistic missile attacks, the proactive measures that can be taken to intercept. These phases include: When a ship (aircraft carrier) is detected, the data is transmitted to the Chinese missile launchers, missiles to be launch, Chinese missile warheads find targets.

O'Rourke provides some concrete measures proposed to deal with the DF-21D as follows:

First, the U.S. Navy could do more to control electromagnetic radiation or using deception signals.

Second, the U.S. Navy could use the electric system to disable or interfere the enemies's reconnaissance systems and find maritime long-range targets, to destroy China ballistic missiles in various stages of flight, diversionary , snare Chinese ballistic missiles as they approach the target that has been identified.

The choice solution to destroy China's ballistic missiles in flight include: Development versions of SM-3 BMD ballistic missile interceptor. The U.S. Navy should boost perchasing missile interceptor SM-3 Block IIA missile to replace the SM-2 Block IV.

Other options include: Developing and deploying supersonic electromagnetic rail guns, promote the development and deployment of electron laser intensity weapons (shipboard high-power free electron lasers), solid-state lasers on the battleships.

The Chinese ballistic missile will be intercepted as accessing the targets of determining if U.S. warships are equipped with electronic warfare system or systems to create smoke cloud to jamming navigation radar of Chinese ballistic missiles.

O'Rourke said that the Congress should consider whether the Flight III version of the DDG-51 destroyer, Arleigh Burke class that U.S. Navy plans to purchase in 2016.

DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers, of the most powerful surface combatant class in naval history.

According to the CRS expert, DDG-51 will have the ability to anti-air warfare (AAW) and ballistic missile defense (BMD) in order to implement the task for AMDR (Air and Missile Defense Radar) to face Chinese anti-ship ballistic missiles.

DDG-51 Flight III Destroyer is enhanced AAW and BMD capability from the present Flight IIA DDG-51.

DDG-51 Flight IIA is equipped with new version of AMDR, take a size of 12-14 feet. With this size, the new radar is more sensitivity than the SPY-1 radar equipped in the DDG-51 Flight IIA destroyer.

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Source: Tien Phong


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