The U.S Navy will be configuring its fleet
of P-8 Poseidon to counter the growing threat of Chinese warships.The plan is to arm the
P-8s with Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). This is a significant move as the premier
submarine hunting platform will be utilized more actively for Anti Surface Warfare. As per some reports, the integration of 
P-8s with LRASM & operational deployment is estimated to be completed  by the end of
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U.S Navy arming P-8 Poseidon with Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile will be major deterrence
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tank or aircraft or ship and three days of premium account. China’s has seen a very significant economic
progress in the past two decades.This has enabled it to pour huge amount of resources
to it military and is developing very capable warships.For example, China is deploying Type
055 class of guided missile destroyer.The spec sheet of Type 055 is impressive and will
certainly give a big boost to Chinese naval capabilities.Most analysts consider the Type
0 55 to be a worthy competitor to any surface combatant operating in the world including
the Arleigh Burke class warship.China plans to build 8 of these and the first one named
‘Nanchang’ is currently in active service.Chinese fleet of ever expanding surface combatants
is a genuine threat in the the Pacific theater.U.S Navy’s surface fleet is armed with relatively
less potent Anti Ship missiles which makes the scenario even more alarming.The main missile
for anti ship role aboard Arleigh burke class destroyers & Ticonderoga class cruisers is
the Harpoon ER (Extended Range).The missile can hit targets at a maximum distance of only
80 miles or 130 KM.  It is also a pretty old weapon and has a speed of only Mach 0.7
which makes it susceptible to intercepts. U.S does have SM1, SM 2 & SM6 supersonic missiles
which have a primary role of air defense with a secondary Anti Ship role, but their small
warheads are not capable of crippling a large warship. The only credible anti-ship weapon is the
NSM which has a range of 100 miles or 185 km.NSM is capable of high subsonic speeds.It
has sea skim mode by which it travels very close to the surface, making it hard to detect
and intercept. It is also designed to maneuver to avoid enemy defenses.But even NSM is constrained
by its range and has limited operational deployment. The P-8 Poseidon is developed by Boeing 
& is modified from the 737-800ERX.It is capable of anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface
warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction. It also has early warning self-protection
(EWSP) ability. Powered by 2 × CFM56-7B27A turbofans that
are capable of generating 121 kN of thrust, it is able to reach a maximum speed of 490
knots or 907 km/h. It has a combat radius of 1,200 nmi or 2,222 km that enables it to
cover large swaths of ocean. The P-8 is equipped with radar, optical and
sonar sensors to detect submarines & surface ships.  The P-8 features the Raytheon APY-10
multi-mission surface search radar. AN/APY-10 mechanically scanned radar is a
development of Raytheon’s AN/APS-149 radar. Compared to the predecessors, it is smaller
in size, lighter, and uses less power. The radar is optimized for maritime, littoral
and overland surveillance.The AN/APY-10 is able to provide high resolution radar images
enabling P8 to identify warships from long distances. P-8 is also able to drop and monitor sonobuoys
which are basically expendable sonar systems.P-8A is the American variant and the U.S has received
delivery of more than 90 of these with approximately additional 30 on order. P-8 has 5 internal and 6 external stations
for weapons and can currently deploy AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER, AGM-84 Harpoon, Mark 54 torpedo,
missiles, mines and smart as well as free-fall bombs. So, just like the U.S Navy’s surface fleet,
it is currently equipped with aging Harpoon missile for the Anti Ship role. The AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff
Missile is a stealthy and highly precise surface-skimming cruise missile with a range of 230 miles or
620 for the Extended Range AGM-158B. Viewers may note that a shorter range variant was
used in combat on April 4, 2018, when two B-1B bombers launched nineteen of the stealth
missiles at a Syrian research center in Barzeh.Lockheed Martin worked on the missile further and AGM-158C
is developed which is an antiship variant and is named LRSM by the U.S Navy.The missile
is subsonic and but since it is LO (Low Observable), the enemy warship will not see it coming till
it is very close.This strategy is a stark contrast to Russian and Chinese missile which
depend on speed to defeat the ship’s defense.It is powered by an F107 turbofan engine and
has a 1,000 lb (450 kg) blast-fragmentation penetrator.The warhead is potent enough to
cripple a large warship.LRASM will cost around $3 million apiece which makes it twice as
costly as Harpoon missiles. US Navy plans to acquire 467 LRASMs with an initial order
of 23. LRASM deploys multiple sensors & techniques
to home in on the targets.The details are here:1. It has an inertial and jam-resistant
GPS navigation system. This is mainly used for navigating the initial phase of the journey.2.
A two-way data link is present, which allows the launching warship to send course corrections
data. It will be used for mid-course guidance during which missile flies at medium altitude.3.
It has a guidance algorithm that can acquire & target enemy ships when external guidance
is disrupted. It is mainly used in the mid to final phase. The algorithm is smart enough
to differentiate civilian ships and low priority enemy warships from the actual target.4. It
has a Radio-frequency sensor which is activated in the terminal phase. The system homes in
on an adversary’s radar signals—the very radar which is used by the enemy warships
to track the missile. 5. In the terminal phase, the Infra Red sensor is also engaged.
It is used to make the last-ditch adjustment so that the missile can hit specific points
of an enemy warship to maximize damage. In this phase, the missile skims close to the
surface which makes it hard to target.It is important to note that LRASMs can be deployed
in swarm mode which will enable it to saturate enemy defenses.LRASM also deploys electronic
counter-countermeasures (ECCM) to overcome the enemy’s countermeasures. It is
important to note that China’s rise , as predicted by many experts is not peaceful.In
recent times, China has been very aggressive in it’s posturing. China’s corrosive
behaviors in South China Sea and neighboring areas are indicative of things to come in
the future. P-8 Poseidon’s capability in dealing with
submarines is well known and  is very important as China is fielding more and more subs.But
leveraging the P8 for Anti Surface Warfare is force multiplier as the move will give
the U.S Navy a lot of tactical flexibility. Stealthy LRASM fired in swarm mode from different
directions will be hard to intercept and will put the Chinese Navy’s warship at risk from
long ranges.


  1. Next they'll kick the Lrasm out the back of c 130s and C 5 Galaxy's because why not. Most of the military budget in the past went to useless anti insurgent vehicles that would last two seconds against the 1940 German army. American military procurement is corrupt charging the tax payers billions for platforms that don't work in the real world

  2. Too bad America is that far behind in missiles and the speed of them especially leaving them wide open for TAC cannot understand why they don’t have let go so far

  3. Distributed lethality for the Air Force and Navy, plus the USMC and Army getting back into ship killing! Yikes RIP what’s left of the Russian/Chinese Air Force and Navies!

  4. likethe chinese airforce isjust going to let aslow moving plane judst gosub huntinglmao it dont seem doable with the chinasairforce isstillinthe air

  5. I think this is more a political move to keep the Air Force from getting anti-ship missiles. Since WW2, the Navy has been fighting letting any other branch deploy anti-ship weapons, because the Navy doesn’t want supplanting the Navy in maritime affairs.

    The P-8 is a recon plane. Historically, it’s been a bad idea to arm recon planes because they are optimized for recon, not fighting and usually lack critical attributes for fighting aircraft like a strongly built air frame.

    Better to let the Air Force handle large, land based, air platforms.

  6. USA Didn't Even Asked or Mention This New Missile And trick to india Even Though India has largest Fleet Of P8I After USA & India Has 10+ P8I on Order Too and also Has Upper Hand influence On Indian Ocean … still USA is All " you Cant Touch This " About it So Much For An Ally ??????

    & They Expect India to Counter China !!!???

  7. The Condor was a German long range multi engine set of eyes with a radio and sometimes a small bomb. Fortunately they never fully exploited this…………We have! The need for them to have a good set of teeth! Is wise! Seeing it is one thing! Destroying it is something else. Especially in Real Time! Maybe they should carry two! Good Idea! Longer range the better! And they can see pretty damn far!

  8. Now the p8 is just a bigger target. Not a good move.

    On the other hand, this gives all the countries that are buying the p8 a great weapon

  9. The Chinese might try and shoot a Poseidon to get their hands on one of those missiles and then say sorry we thought it was a commercial jet airliner:)

  10. Arming the P-8 with LRASM is a no brainer. In fact I'm going to call my senator and demand they arm the captain's gig with them as well.

  11. That pictures showed an F/A 18 Super Hornet carrying two on its right wing. So can the jet fighter carry a total of 4 LRASMs?

  12. I cannot be the only one that thinks a 737 armed with huge anti ship missiles is bad ass. I certainly hope the Navy does not "upgrade" to the deadly 737-MAX turkey. Those new LRSM missiles look like something out of the first two Terminator movies. I would not want to be on the receiving end of those.

  13. The Burke class destroyers were armed with tomahawk anti ship and surface missiles, what happened? Ticonderoga class cruisers as well. The tomahawk was more advanced then the harpoon, bigger warhead, longer range and faster if I’m not mistaken, so what happened to them? Where they all sent Sadams way?!?!?

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