Submarines don't carry surface-to-air missiles that I've ever heard of, nor do their targeting and fire-control systems even contemplate such a thing. They depend on submerging for their defense, not slugging it out on the surface. So, unless it was a surface ship that launched the missile, or the secret manuvers were to test some sort of new sub-based SAM (which would be a pretty big mod to a sub, and of questionable value IMO), this story doesn't make sense.
It's also pretty rare to step on the deck of a sub when it's out at sea. Unless you're doing something like launching/recovering a boat or the like. It would be useful to know what he was supposedly doing. Or did he mean he was up on the sail and the story just got the terminology wrong? Something else to contemplate.
To: John Jorsett
Submarines don't carry surface-to-air missiles
Stingers and maybe a little gismo launched out or the "tubes" the kinda floats on the surface bobbing nose up when the anti sub plane or whatever flies over....well surprise....just guessing don't know for sure.
posted on 01/31/2002 6:46:29 PM PST
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