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bjr1028 wrote:The whole ballistic anti-ship missile has two major problems 1) with modern technology, MIRVS can hit stationary targets with modern technology, but hitting something that moves can be rather tough. Much easier to hit the shore infrastructure than the ships. If you want to hit moving targets, you almost have to go high yield nuclear. 2) You have to trust the country that just fired a ballistic missile that its non-nuclear. There's good reason why this was never pursued by either us or the Russians.
I think 2) is the bigger issue. The nanosecond ASBM is launched, The US Navy fleet commander would be launching cruise missiles in response. The force escalation policies of the US (& Russia) would determine the outcome, and it wouldn't be good.
Remember http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_incident A senior officer from the USS Kittyhawk, in a conversation, mentioned it was the most intense moment of his career when the EP-3 came down on the island. Any further escalation, and the outcome would have been way different for both sides.