June 06, 2008

Anti-submarine aircraft get away with being fat, slow, and clumsy because their prey can't shoot back. Leave it to the Germans to come up with what would appear to be the first workable solution to that problem. Having a missile pop out of the water and head straight for you while you're in a hover 50 feet off the water holding up 1000 feet of cable and a dipped sonar would seem a pretty good way to increase the ol' pucker factor, donchaknow?

Posted by scott at June 06, 2008 10:00 AM

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Well, it does give them something. However, it also only gets them out of harm's way for as long as it takes to get something much angrier there.

Because as soon as the anti-sub patrol notifies the world that they've been attacked by one of these, my guess is that someone would scramble more assets against that location, mean sub-go-implode-underwater, which as I understand it is a Very Bad Thing.

Of course, that only applies against militaries strong enough to do so.

Posted by: Ron on June 6, 2008 12:57 PM

Does sound like it violates the basic tactic of being a hole in the ocean. Well, it does let the other helo know where the target is.

As for being first, ISTR the brits tried this with their blowfish heat seeking missiles.

Posted by: walt moffett on June 7, 2008 10:40 PM
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