Destroyed by Chinese Attack, the USS Gerald R. Ford Proceeds to Norway

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 05/26/2023 8:47 AM
Destroyed by Chinese Attack, the USS Gerald R. Ford Proceeds to Norway


In a recent simulation, China purportedly destroyed the United States Navy's largest warship in a display of aggression. According to the researchers, 24 hypersonic anti-ship missiles were utilized in 20 simulated battles to successfully sink the United States Navy's latest carrier and its accompanying group.


On Wednesday morning, the USS Gerald R. Ford arrived in Oslo, marking a significant milestone as the first US aircraft carrier to visit Norway in over sixty years.

Ford's inaugural operational deployment includes visiting this location, which marks the first stop. This visit is indicative of the growing emphasis that NATO navies have placed on the North Atlantic and Arctic waters, given the escalating tensions with Russia.

On May 2, Ford embarked from Norfolk, Virginia, marking its inaugural voyage as a member of a carrier strike group. As per the Navy's official statement, the vessel has been deployed to the US Navy Europe-Africa area of operations. It has been engaged in joint and combined training and operations to mitigate maritime risks due to heightened activity in the high north.

Earlier in the month it was reported….

A group of Chinese military strategists has conducted a simulation exercise wherein they deployed hypersonic weaponry to bomb and obliterate a highly advanced aircraft carrier group belonging to the United States Navy.

As per the South China Morning Post, the outcomes of the simulations were disclosed in a paper published in May by the Chinese-language Journal of Test and Management Technology.

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In the given situation, the vessels belonging to the United States were subjected to an attack after their persistent approach towards an island that China claims in the South China Sea, despite being repeatedly warned.

As per the researchers' report, a few missiles in the three-wave assault were launched from distant locations such as the Gobi Desert. The simulation resulted in the destruction of almost all the US surface vessels.

According to researchers, it has been demonstrated that the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier fleet, previously believed to be impervious to conventional weapons, can be definitively "destroyed" by a limited quantity of hypersonic strikes.

Despite the promising results of the simulations, experts have advised caution among policymakers and the general public, as the actual performance of the missiles may deviate from the projected outcomes.

The report's veracity could not be independently confirmed, and industry experts have raised concerns regarding the underlying reasons for its publication.

According to a report, after conducting 20 simulated battles on a widely-used war game software platform utilized by China's military, military strategists have concluded that the U.S. carrier fleet, which was previously deemed impervious to conventional weaponry, can be definitively decimated by a limited number of hypersonic strikes.

During the simulation, the vessels belonging to the United States were subjected to an attack after their persistent approach towards an island claimed by China in the South China Sea, a widely contested region. The warnings issued to them were disregarded.

According to the research paper outlining the war game, the Chinese military demonstrated exceptional skill in their advanced launch tactics. Their three-wave approach was employed to outsmart and overpower the defense mechanisms of the U.S. carrier group.

As per the military planners, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) utilized its sea-based surveillance network to detect the U.S. carrier group during a simulation. Following this, the PLA launched eight hypersonic missiles from various southern and central sites in the country, which were deemed less reliable.

According to the researchers, a total of eight Chinese hypersonic missiles, known for their high accuracy, were launched from the northern and western regions of China. Among these, four missiles were aimed at the CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, while the remaining four were directed toward the four DDG-103 Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyers.

According to the report, two inaccurate missiles were launched toward the Ticonderoga-class CG56 cruiser, San Jacinto.

Following that, the military forces of the People's Liberation Army carried out their third and final missile attack, which is commonly known as a "mop-up" maneuver. The operation entailed the launch of six hypersonic missiles from sites situated in the southern region of China, which exhibited a relatively lower degree of accuracy.

In May, the Chinese-language Journal of Test and Measurement Technology published the results of war game simulations conducted by a team of researchers led by Cao Hongsong from the prestigious North University of China.

This is the first time the results of simulated hypersonic strikes against a United States carrier group have been published.

Researchers in China believe that using lure strategies might make Chinese hypersonic missiles more effective while at the same time reducing the number of defensive missiles that the United States military has at its disposal.

It was claimed that the Chinese military might save ammunition by using patrol missions for target identification before the strikes launch. This would allow them to carry out attacks with fewer rounds fired.

An aerospace defense industry engineer headquartered in Beijing replied to the results of the war game simulations. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, the individual said they would rather stay anonymous.

The value of war game simulations in analyzing probable situations, according to an anonymous engineer who talked with SCMP, greatly depends on the veracity of the data utilized in the simulations.

According to their statement, the quality of the war game simulation may be jeopardized and lead to incorrect conclusions if the data for the Chinese hypersonic missile deviate even little from what was seen in the real world.

The researchers came up with the hypothesis that the materials, propulsion systems, and guidance systems used in the production of a missile all impact the total cost of the missile. They hypothesized that the version of the model with a higher range and precision could be somewhat more expensive.

Their research suggests that maximizing the effectiveness of Chinese weaponry may be accomplished by using missiles of a lower quality during certain periods of operation. Less dependable missiles, for instance, may be used to tempt SM-3s into the air or remove any surviving ships after a formal assault. Alternatively, these missiles could be used to destroy any remaining ships.

During the scenario, the PLA was able to identify and locate the United States carrier group thanks to its sea-based monitoring network, as stated by the researchers. After that, eight hypersonic missiles, all of which were considered to have a lower level of reliability, were simultaneously launched from locations in southern and central China.

The attack caused the United States fleet's supply of SM-3 ammunition to run out, despite several missiles being successfully shot down in the process.

After that, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched the launch of eight extremely precise hypersonic missiles from China's northern and western areas. These missiles were traveling at hypersonic speeds. The aircraft carrier was the target of four missiles, while the destroyers were the targets of the remaining four. According to the report, two less-than-precise missiles were fired in the direction of the cruiser.

After the assault, it was discovered that the United States blue squad had a total of four ships that had been able to escape destruction. The destroyers had the greatest average performance compared to the other remaining ships. According to the report, destroyers are armed with very advanced and unique soft defensive weaponry meant to defend against missile assaults.

Electronic warfare weapons are an essential component of soft defensive armament because they play an important role in blocking the radar signals sent by the opponent. This strategy makes it far more difficult for the missiles to latch onto the targets they were designed to destroy.

Dispensers that release chaff and flares, as well as other additional countermeasures, are intended to cause the oncoming missiles to become disoriented. This may be accomplished by deploying plastic or metal strips or producing infrared flares duplicating the ship's heat signature.

After confirming the condition and positions of the remaining targets, the PLA started a "mop-up" operation by launching six hypersonic missiles from southern sites. These missiles had a comparatively lower level of precision than the other missiles used in the operation.

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After repeating the war game simulation 20 times and considering the myriad of unpredictabilities that may develop during combat, Cao's team concluded that the three-wave assault had the capacity to destroy an average of 5.6 out of every six surface vessels. This was determined after considering the numerous possible outcomes of the conflict. Under these circumstances, no survivors would be left from the carrier group at all.

There has been no explanation on China's choice to make public the results of the military exercise so far. There was no success in obtaining comment from Cao, an experienced researcher in the disciplines of intelligent control technology for missiles and rockets, as well as virtual simulation technology.

According to information readily accessible to the public, the university, situated in the city of Taiyuan in the province of Shanxi, has strong relations with the armed forces, and a sizeable percentage of the institution's graduates are engaged in the aerospace defense industry.

Journal of Test and Measurement Technology is a publication that works in conjunction with both the university and the China Ordnance Society. This publication is the one that published the research article.

The Chinese government has made multiple accusations that the United States is to blame for escalating tensions in the region, especially in areas that are geographically near China. During this time, the United States has grown the size of its military presence in Asia intending to defend "freedom of navigation."

According to the findings of the researcher stationed in Beijing, increasing openness about China's military capabilities and aims can reduce the possibility of erroneous interpretations and judgments made by both sides, which would eventually lead to a reduction in the chance of war.

The visit, which has garnered significant media attention, occurs during a period of increased strain between Western nations and Russia due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The Russian embassy has publicly condemned the visit saying, the visit is an illogical and harmful display of force.

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