Jun 5, 2014

Chinese Cruise Missiles Could Pose Biggest Threat to US Carriers

Saturation strikes from Chinese anti-ship cruise missiles could become the biggest threat to US Navy carrier strike groups.
Due to the low cost of developing, deploying and maintaining cruise missiles, the Chinese believe that cruise missiles possess a 9:1 cost advantage over the expense of defending against them. China assumes that “quantity can defeat quality” by simply saturating a Carrier Group with a variety of high-speed, low-altitude, cruise missiles.
China has “clearly” elevated cruise missile development “over an organic carrier capability with the apparent goal of acquiring the capability to neutralize US carrier strike group forces through overwhelming” cruise missile attacks.

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