The submarine force has long been "the pointy end of the spear" when it comes to antisubmarine warfare efforts, but technological advancements render traditional engagements more complicated. The USS Michigan (SSGN–727), which completed its first SSGN deployment in 2009, arrives at Busan Naval Operations Base in the Republic of Korea on a routine port visit.
U.S. Navy (Dale Bopp)
By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)The open literature and multiple conferences on antisubmarine warfare (ASW), c
The Submarine’s Role in Reprioritizing Antisubmarine Warfare Tasks
onvey the message that recent technological advances in sensors would render potential torpedo attacks by non-nuclear submarines against high-value U.S. targets virtually ineffective. The literature also speaks of indications that many nations—China, for example—have converted up to 80 percent of their front-line diesel-electric submarines to firing modern, long-range antiship cruise missiles (ASCMs) such as the jointly developed Indian-Russian stealthy hypersonic BrahMos cruise missile. It would appear that U.S. high-value units will indeed not be at great risk from torpedo attack.
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