Monday, March 26, 2018

Working the Problem: AA/AD Edition

America tested a thousand-kilometer anti-ship missile:

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production configuration Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer long-range strategic bomber over Point Mugu Sea Range in California, the company announced in a March 19 statement.

I mentioned this project a while ago.

And long-range Tomahawks might play a role in fighting China's fleet, too, despite their age.

As I noted in this post:

China's rising naval power isn't taking place in a vacuum. We are reacting to China's efforts to keep our fleet away from China's shores (and away from our allies close to China). Long-range American air power will be able to find and sink Chinese ships leaving port.

We worry about Chinese anti-access/area denial (AA/AD) weapons that could keep our fleet far from China's shores.

But we may be able to deploy weapons that just as readily deny China access to their own coastal waters when they leave port.

And I'll note that I have a tiny amount of Lockheed Martin stock.