Nikhil T wrote:
Would like to know this as well. 2019 isn’t 1971 and Pak is certainly not Syria.
Karthik S wrote:In indian context, which shore are we going to bombard?
we are looking to buy 13 MK-45 5 inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and 3,500 D349 Projectile, 5"/54 MK-92 MOD 1 ammunition.
The latest 5-inch/62 caliber version consists of a longer barrel L62 Mark 36 gun fitted on the same Mark 45 mount. The gun is designed for use against surface warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment to support amphibious operations.
The MK-45 Gun System will provide the capability to conduct anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence missions.
India has one LPD, bought in 2007 from the US. Indian had bought Ex-USS Trenton from US and has renamed as INS Jalashwa. The 16,900-tonne warship, Jalashwa, alone can transport around 5,000 soldiers besides defence equipment.
Also, the Defence ministry has, in 2018, cleared a mega naval project worth over Rs 20,000 crore for four Landing Platform Docks (LPD) also known as amphibious assault ships.
when the IN has assets for amphibious operations and trains for such operations jointly with other services, why would it not invest in main guns that had the additional capability to support such operations using shore bombardment to soften the target.
Needlessly doubting the accuracy of a modern naval gun, when in WWII, the Bismarck took out the Hood with one salvo from the Bismarck, fired from about 9 mi (14 km), shells struck the Hood and it sank in less than three minutes, leaving behind just three survivors. This was using the tech available in the early 40s.
Fire control systems, naval guns and ammunition have all evolved considerably since then.where are posters getting ideas like its too slow for an anti aircraft role and on what basis are such conclusions being drawn.