Russian Satellite News Agency reported on December 16 that Russian military expert Vladimir Yelanosyan wrote for Military Messenger magazine that the latest American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, one of the most closely guarded in the world today, cannot resist Russian “daggers”. Attacks of hypersonic airborne missile systems.
Yelanosian said that the “Dagger” system was first released in March 2018, and the latest missile carrier is the MiG-31 long-range supersonic interceptor. The missile flew at Mach 10 and maneuvered along the entire flight trajectory. This combination of performance enables the “Dagger” to break through any existing air defense and anti-missile system. Its speed is accelerated by the carrier and can be launched outside the dense atmosphere 12 to 15 kilometers high.
The latest Aly Burke-class destroyer in the United States is one of the most anti-aircraft warships in the world. Its power device and operation room are protected by Kevlar flake (each Arleigh Burke-class destroyer consumes more than 130 tons of Kefra materials to protect major parts).
However, Yelanosian recalled the explosion on the Ali Burke-class destroyer Cole in 2000. He said: “The explosive power is only 200-230 kg TNT equivalent. The two-stage armored protective layer in the middle of the hull was broken down, and the gas turbine was completely damaged, causing the warship to lose power and control. The less powerful explosion also flooded the sailor’s cabin. One in six crew (56) was killed and wounded, including 17 killed.
He believes that the structural protection of destroyers cannot resist the destructive effects of anti-ship missiles. He said: “That’s why the Americans bet on the ship’s air raid defense on the ship’s air defense system. Strong air defenses and anti-submarine defenses compensate for fragile structural protection, and warships are supported by multi-functional Aegis combat systems.
Yelanosian said that Russia’s missile attack should first target the “brain” of the warship. “If the ‘Dagger’ hits the combat information center, it can ensure that the destroyer loses its tactical information processing capability … The anti-aircraft system will have no ability to fight back against the ‘Dagger’ missiles that maneuvered from 15 km altitude.”
Yelanossss believes that the range of the “Dagger” hypersonic missile is 2,000 kilometers, which is fatal to the survival of the destroyer.