Igor Antunov wrote:The missiles actually communicate with one another in real time and relay new targeting information independent of any ground station. Can be linked to ocean spotting sats too. They have cameras. Computer aided image recognition and AI is such that this is truly a fire and forget system. All it needs is the shape of a US carrier, a very general location and it will actively seek it out and then relay, the other 5 missiles communicating with it will go for the kill. I believe these can operate in swarms so there's no upper limit to how many can be networked in flight. The only real limit is their expense, so you'd only use any significant number on high value targets.
The fact the target is moving is irrelevant, the ships move at 20-30 knots, the missile moves at up to 10,000km/h. They might as well be stationary targets.
And the high explosive warhead is kind of irrelevant beyond its initial purpose to disperse the missile itself at point of impact. This is because the speed is such that the kinetic energy of the entire vehicle greatly exceeds the energy contained in the explosives. This means the missile body becomes the primary damage dealing component, dispersing it amplifies damage/creates area of effect so it doesn't cut neatly through the ship. These are effectively kinetic weapons.
Just one of these would sink any ship. And if your primary defensive doctrine against such a weapon is 'hum ho it's probably gonna miss because our giant 300m ship is moving very slowly in a straight line on the open ocean' then you're in for a really bad time.
Cool story but you have no clue on even the most basic problem and all what you said is kinda uselese BECAUSE the basic problem was always the plasma bubble that blocks communication and navigation. This phenomenon has been known for god knows how long now especially since most spacecraft experience it on reentry to some degree and that is why we have no real time footage of reentries, only perhaps from outside or after it has landed. We have no real way to communicate with our technology through plasma bubbles in any stable manner.
Hypersonic missiles experience the same situation that they are coated by a plasma bubble when they fly making communications to the missile almost impossible along with any navigational and guidance systems on the missile itself unable to function properly.
There has not been any easy or ready solution for this since the start of man spaceflights.
So at best, what people figured out in prototyping is that the missile needs to slowdown to normal missiles speed to adjust direction and targeting but that makes it no better than a standard missile. Or if it doesn't slow down then it will not hit anything.
Also the things that you wrote, don't make any sense since these is not a cheap missile. It is not used to overload the defences because that is what cheap missiles do. So why does it need "communication" between other missiles. This is 1 shot, 1 kill missile by any standards. Also Russian Glonass network is very small and doesn't cover almost anything besides Russia and some other places nearby or where they have active operations. They have very few coverage compared to GPS. So I am not sure how will they target anything in the ocean which is folds larger if they can't even cover all the land that they would need.