In the U.S. Navy’s exercise, operations are conducted with the help of stealthy drones, advanced communications systems and powerful warships. (U.S. Navy official website)
The U.S. Navy used stealthy drones, advanced communications systems and powerful warships to show the outside world how to fight Communist Chinese warships, Forbes magazine said in an article on Wednesday (28).
Forbes military correspondent David Axe wrote Wednesday that the U.S. Navy deployed a fleet from San Diego last week that included a variety of manned and unmanned surface warships, submarines and the stealthy destroyer USS Michael Monsoor. Michael Monsoor).
The Navy deployed unmanned aerial vehicles to support these ships and installed an experimental communications system on the flight deck of USS Michael Monsoor to lead other ships of the 21st Destroyer Squadron into the Pacific Ocean and conduct a series of experiments and simulated battles combining manned and unmanned systems, including unmanned aircraft in the air, unmanned warships at sea, and unmanned ships at sea. flying, unmanned warships at sea and an attack submarine launching an underwater drone.
Akers said the U.S. Navy hopes to use UAS to address the Chinese Communist Party’s “counter-intervention” military deployments. The Chinese military is deploying “counter-intervention” systems, including submarines, bombers and missiles, which directly threaten the safety of U.S. ships in the Western Pacific.
The U.S. Navy has proposed adding hundreds of unmanned warships and submarines to its existing fleet of about 300 manned ships, using robots to scout for Communist warships and expanding the sensor range of the U.S. fleet to help keep manned destroyers and submarines out of range of Communist forces.
It’s a great plan, according to the article. But is such an idea feasible? After several days of experimentation, the Navy staged an impressive mock battle on Sunday (April 25).
The article describes target ships sailing across the sea, crisscrossed by drones in the air and unmanned warships at sea, with active sensors on board turned off to avoid detection, but using passive electronic receivers to “listen” for enemy signals. The drones pinpointed the location of the target ship and transmitted the data to a satellite, which forwarded it to the USS John Finn on standby, which finally fired an SM-6 missile that hit the target ship from long range.
The supersonic SM-6 missiles cost $5 million and can hit targets 300 miles (483 kilometers) away at sea or in the air, the article said.
But Axe points out that if there is a weakness in the U.S. Navy’s emerging manned-unmanned combat, it is “communication. If robots, satellites and manned warships can’t “communicate” smoothly, then they can’t fight together.