(See A. S. Erickson and D. D. Yang, pp. 26-32, May 2009 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral T. A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired)—The article by Erickson and Yang concerning the Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile is, in itself, relatively well-balanced. Unfortunately, the title of the article and the lead, "Chinese Carrier Killer," on the cover only contribute to the hyperventilation being seen in naval circles concerning a weapon system concept that is not even new and a threat that is considerably less than meets the eye.
In the 1970s, the Soviets experimented with the SSN-X-13 antiship ballistic missile. They spent a fortune on the development program and on fielding a satellite-borne radar ocean reconnaissance satellite to provide targeting data. The U.S. Navy was very concerned about the vulnerability of our carriers.
But by the early 1980s, the Soviets had scrapped the system. There were a number of reasons for doing so, but among these were: