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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-11-07 09:53 AM
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6. True
The Sunburn is much more formidable and we don't even know how many of those the Iranians got from the Russians.
The Sunburn can deliver a 200-kiloton nuclear payload, or: a 750-pound conventional warhead, within a range of 100 miles, more than twice the range of the Exocet. The Sunburn combines a Mach 2.1 speed (two times the speed of sound) with a flight pattern that hugs the deck and includes violent end maneuvers to elude enemy defenses. The missile was specifically designed to defeat the US Aegis radar defense system. Should a US Navy Phalanx point defense somehow manage to detect an incoming Sunburn missile, the system has only seconds to calculate a fire solution not enough time to take out the intruding missile. The US Phalanx defense employs a six-barreled gun that fires 3,000 depleted-uranium rounds a minute, but the gun must have precise coordinates to destroy an intruder just in time.

The Sunburns combined supersonic speed and payload size produce tremendous kinetic energy on impact, with devastating consequences for ship and crew. A single one of these missiles can sink a large warship, yet costs considerably less than a fighter jet. Although the Navy has been phasing out the older Phalanx defense system, its replacement, known as the Rolling Action Missile (RAM) has never been tested against the weapon it seems destined to one day face in combat.
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  -About that Carrier Group now in Iran's back yard charlie and algernon  Jan-11-07 09:39 AM   #0 
  - Maybe Bush wants a "Pearl Harbor" event in the Persian Gulf  Larkspur   Jan-11-07 09:41 AM   #1 
  - THis is my theory. Remember the PNAC Plan says a "New Pearl Harbor" is needed  Dems Will Win   Jan-11-07 10:04 AM   #12 
  - I fear you're right  helderheid   Jan-11-07 10:19 AM   #16 
  - Goes back even further: 'Remember the Maine!'  havocmom   Jan-11-07 11:20 AM   #23 
  - Wouldn't surprise me if they called it a New Gulf of Tonkin...  robertpaulsen   Jan-11-07 01:14 PM   #38 
  - saccades are nothing  northzax   Jan-11-07 09:42 AM   #2 
  - yup  charlie and algernon   Jan-11-07 09:45 AM   #3 
  - Air Force has brass hung-ho for more 'crusades'  havocmom   Jan-11-07 11:26 AM   #25 
     - is this where the Fundy/Rapturist infiltration of the USAF comes in ?  northernsoul   Jan-11-07 12:08 PM   #30 
        - Would only take a couple crews for a couple of big bombers, wouldn't it?  havocmom   Jan-11-07 12:13 PM   #31 
  - True  hobbit709   Jan-11-07 09:53 AM   #6 
  - Your information is quite dated  Solo_in_MD   Jan-11-07 10:44 AM   #20 
     - So exactly what is dated  hobbit709   Jan-11-07 11:24 AM   #24 
        - Effectiveness  Solo_in_MD   Jan-11-07 12:21 PM   #32 
           - So you keep saying. But your reticence to offer ANY evidence in support...  dicksteele   Jan-11-07 12:59 PM   #36 
  - bring me up to speed on the lingo  northernsoul   Jan-11-07 09:58 AM   #8 
     - Saccades are the chinese missiles I talk about in the OP  charlie and algernon   Jan-11-07 10:01 AM   #10 
     - Iranian missles & the US Navy in the Gulf  seemslikeadream   Jan-11-07 10:05 AM   #13 
     - sunburn is the NATO designation for the Soviet P-270 Mosqit  northzax   Jan-11-07 10:09 AM   #14 
        - Yoiks!  northernsoul   Jan-11-07 10:14 AM   #15 
  - The US has put carriers around the Gulf and not in it for years  Kagemusha   Jan-11-07 09:46 AM   #4 
  - reason for Bush putting ships in harms way on purpose....  jabeguy   Jan-11-07 10:31 AM   #18 
  - NOT THE CARRIERS, no.  Kagemusha   Jan-11-07 10:34 AM   #19 
  - The USS Liberty was in international waters. It was not sailing  alfredo   Jan-11-07 12:49 PM   #34 
  - Especially considering the eastern end of the gulf can be 'serviced'  loindelrio   Jan-11-07 11:45 AM   #28 
     - Even they're too close  Kagemusha   Jan-11-07 12:30 PM   #33 
        - What is too close?  loindelrio   Jan-11-07 01:06 PM   #37 
           - Iraq/ Kuwait  Kagemusha   Jan-11-07 01:49 PM   #40 
  - I think we're hoping they attack.  Marie26   Jan-11-07 09:46 AM   #5 
  - I agree with you.  sparosnare   Jan-11-07 09:55 AM   #7 
  - I Just Hope That Iran Is Smarter Than * And Will Not Take The Bait.....  global1   Jan-11-07 10:00 AM   #9 
  - Or at least make it plausible that they did if W claims they did.  rman   Jan-11-07 11:14 AM   #21 
  - Wouldn't surprise me if they did some provocation  Norquist Nemesis   Jan-11-07 11:17 AM   #22 
     - A big hit on a US Fleet would get the recruitment #s up too.  havocmom   Jan-11-07 11:33 AM   #26 
        - Oh, you mean like picking a fight by storming an Embassy?  Norquist Nemesis   Jan-11-07 11:56 AM   #29 
  - That's what happens when you have a known DESERTER pretending to be the  SpiralHawk   Jan-11-07 10:03 AM   #11 
  - Craziness. K&R.  dogindia   Jan-11-07 10:25 AM   #17 
  - A link to a detailed spec ssheet  Prisoner_Number_Six   Jan-11-07 11:39 AM   #27 
  - Does anyone know where the patriot missle defense has been deployed?  mod mom   Jan-11-07 12:51 PM   #35 
  - If Bush goes after Iran...  Done   Jan-11-07 01:27 PM   #39 

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