Analysis: Past, Present and Future of Naval Air Defence Technologies:
While the anti-air warfare (AAW) platforms of the world’s leading navies have seen significant conceptual changes since the end of World War Two, investments in these platforms are still continuing today (As a note, the platforms covered in this article include the frigates, destroyers and cruisers of NATO countries and allies.) With the end of the Cold War, these platforms, dubbed “metal eaters” by the Soviet leader Khrushchev, have seen profound changes in their warfare capabilities. Initially designed for attack, many of these massive platforms have been converted to war machines that primarily serve an air defence role. This article mainly examines the air defence capabilities of these platforms, making comparisons between them and sharing opinions and predictions for the future.
Continues on pg. 40 in March 2017 / 036 issue.
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