There is not even a theoretical way for British ships to defend against a new generation of hypersonic missiles.
Well that’s a bummer. The UK sank $10 billion into two ships which by the time they enter service will be defenseless against Russia’s new hypersonic missiles.
The utility of carriers in a war against a serious power is already under question as is. This is because the range of modern anti-ship missiles now exceeds the combat range of carrier-operated aircraft.
However, with the current generation of anti-ship missiles navies have at least been able to tell themselves they would have a chance of shooting them down before impact.
Not so with Russia’s latest hyper-sonic missiles. Brits at least are saying they have nothing that could even theoretically stop such a missile yet the Russians are now within just a few years of fielding them.
The Royal Navy’s new aircraft…
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