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It’s an economy of scale.
The newest US Navy supercarrier — the USS Ford — costs $18 billion to build.
Missile - Piece - Aircraft - Carrier - Warship
A missile costs maybe more than a million a piece. So throwing a few hundred of them at an aircraft carrier — or any other warship, for that matter — is an economically viable option.
And in a world where missiles are getting ever faster and smarter, that threat is very real.
Invention - Role - Threat
But an unsung Australian invention is playing a role in countering this threat.
And it appears it has already proven successful.
Missile - Attacks - Warships - Merchant - Vessels
Several missile attacks have been launched at warships and merchant vessels off the coast of the troubled Middle Eastern nation of Yemen in recent years.
Several Royal Saudi warships have been hit, including the Australian-built trimaran HSV Swift. Several oil tankers and cargo ships have also been damaged.
Attacks - US - Warships
But similar attacks on US and allied warships have not been successful.
According to The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, three US warships were attacked by cruise missile in 2016.
Time - US - Defence - Department - Statements
At the time, US defence department statements vaguely attributed their survival to a defensive systems that either diverted or brought-down the missiles.
Now we know more.
Systems - Elements - Australia - Scientists - Engineers
“One of those systems, and key elements of another, were developed in Australia by scientists and engineers who are producing some of the world’s most advanced targeting devices,” the article by Brendan Nicholson states.
And Australia’s Defence science and Technology Group is in the race to develop more. It’s looking for ‘game changing’ ideas from academia and industry. And it’s more than happy to sink its $730 million dollar investment fun into turning ideas that sound like science fiction into reality.
Details - Incidents - Destroyer - USS - Macon
According to recently declassified details, one of the incidents involved the destroyer USS Macon which was travelling with the USS Ponce. The warships were in the Red Sea, about 22km from the coast of Yemen, when they...
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