Recently, during the Unmanned Integrated Combat Issue-21 exercise, the U.S. Navy verified a variety of unmanned combat platforms and new joint combat modes. The main subjects of the exercise are: unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned boats to assist the main ship to target, in the full hidden state, for aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, such as long-range strikes.
Terrified by anti-ship ballistic missiles!
The “Unmanned Integrated Combat Problem-21” exercise is a maritime sneak attack tactical exercise.
The U.S. Navy operates in very different ways for different levels of adversary. The U.S. Navy has always been blatant and aggressive against weak rivals. In the face of powerful adversaries, the U.S. Navy will be cautious, even sneaky.
During the exercise, unmanned ships use passive detectors to lock in electromagnetic signals from target ships (simulating radar waves or communication signals from real warships) and then quietly send out the coordinates of their opponents, with the destroyer firing “Standard-6” missiles to strike.
The so-called “innovation” of this model is that the warship’s radar does not have to be turned on, which is equivalent to “blinding” with your eyes closed. The warship itself does not emit electromagnetic signals and is very hidden.
It is worth noting that the “Standard-6” was originally an anti-aircraft missile, mainly used to intercept fighter aircraft, bombers and cruise missiles, this time for anti-ship combat, that is, to take advantage of its range advantage, the use of high-throw ballistic flight mode, to carry out about 400 kilometers of over-the-horizon strike.
In the future, the U.S. Navy will also equip the Standard-6 with a “hypersonic gliding warhead” that will have a more damaging effect against large surface targets, including aircraft carriers.
The U.S. Navy’s motives for hitting sea targets are alarming!
Another subject of the exercise appears to be aimed at nuclear submarines. After the MQ-9B Sea Shepherd drone used sonar buoys and sensors to locate the target, the Cruiser Princeton then opened fire and “sinked” it.
During the exercise, U.S. Navy destroyers, cruisers, littoral combat ships, attack nuclear submarines, large fixed-wing anti-submarine aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft and drones, unmanned boats, unmanned submarines carried out various forms of joint operations.
Presumably, the exercises may be aimed at naval powers with aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines.
In the Pacific, the deployment of anti-ship ballistic missiles puts U.S. warships “at risk” when they turn on active sensors, so there is a need to study secret methods of warfare based on unmanned platforms, according to an analysis published on the U.S. Naval Association’s website.
Pondering new tactics, the drones were smashed
Relying on the secret combat mode of unmanned combat platform, it looks trendy, but there are many hidden dangers.
The U.S. Navy said recently that an MQ-8B “Fire Scout” unmanned helicopter, taking off from the USS Charleston on April 27, local time, hit the side of the ship and fell into the sea, “causing damage to the ship’s safety net and part of the ship’s hull.” The accident occurred in the Western Pacific Ocean, and the Charleston was heading for Guam.
“Fire Scout” hit the warship and fell into the sea, although no casualties, but also foreshadowed the U.S. Navy’s new method of warfare there are no small risks and hidden dangers.
Unmanned combat platform, in the course of carrying out the mission, once the failure, will affect the entire combat process, want to rely on manual means to make up and correct is very difficult. What’s more, if the U.S. Navy can’t fully control the sea, air and electromagnetic rights, these unmanned combat platforms will be difficult to protect their lives.