The cruiser "Admiral Nakhimov" is a prototype of the future "battleships"
The need to overcome naval defenses to enter operational space requires the creation of a new class of ships that will become the reincarnation of battleships that have retired.
Anti-access zones problem
This opinion is voiced by the American expert on naval issues Robert Farley from the University of Kentucky. According to him, a powerful ship should appear that can win a naval battle on its own or be the core naval groups, and also be able to destroy ground targets, including opening the A2AD defense systems.
The so-called A2AD anti-access zones were first created on the Russian borders in Kaliningrad and Crimea, but the author discusses the need to break through a similar naval defense organized by China on the internal chain of islands around the country. According to him, ships are needed that can operate in this area, despite the threat of the use of ballistic and cruise (including hypersonic) anti-ship missiles - all of them are capable of destroying American aircraft carriers.
In this regard, the Pentagon demands an increase in the range of combat aircraft, bringing it to 1 km. However, China is also developing new missiles, increasing their range. According to the expert, this race will not necessarily end with a victory for the United States. Therefore, you need to look for other ways to break through the defense.
The new "battleship" is the idea of solving this problem in a different way. The solution would be simply to bring the ship into the range of Chinese missiles and fight them in battle in accordance with the basic principle of the battleship: it is "not afraid" and is ready to take strikes- says Farley.
In his words, predecessors of a new class of ships already exist to some extent. For example, the Russian cruiser "Admiral Nakhimov", which, after modernization, will receive 174 vertical launchers, 80 of them for fighting surface targets and 94 for anti-aircraft purposes, is setting a kind of record.
Considering all this, the creation of the US "battleship" would not be a particularly strange invention, but a new leap, a continuation of a certain trend- the author considers.
British concept ship of the future
Stronger than "Admiral Nakhimov"
In his words, in the final form, the new battleship should have a displacement of at least 30 thousand tons and be equipped with a nuclear power plant. About 300 MW of energy will provide a high speed - more than 30 knots are needed, which will allow it to leave the rocket fire zone for many kilometers. On the other hand, a lot of energy is required to power promising self-defense systems - lasers and microwave weapons... They will appear in the coming years, the expert assures, and will not need ammunition, only energy.
For passive defense, there is no need to install heavy armor historical battleships, since the hit of a hypersonic projectile will still disable any ship. It is enough to equip the pennant with a solid steel structure, relying mainly on missile launchers and a nuclear reactor for defense.
As a means of attack, it is proposed to use railguns and conventional missile systems for various purposes (air defense, anti-aircraft defense, anti-ship missiles, ground strike) - 300-400 VPUs.
This is definitely more than in the case of the Russian cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, as each US universal launcher can carry up to four missiles.Farley thinks.
The emergence of "battleships" could call into question the justification of the current Chinese and Russian investments in the Navy (Navy) and force geopolitical opponents to develop and invest in completely new means [of defense], which in itself would weaken them without starting a war- the American expert concludes.