US Tests New Naval Strike Missile Written 4 October 2019

4 October 2019
CNN reports that on Tuesday, “the USS Gabrielle Giffords fired off a Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a sea-skimming cruise missile that is difficult to spot on radar, and can maneuver to avoid enemy defenses.” In waters off the coast of Guam, the NSM and other weapons “were fired at a surplus US Navy frigate, the former USS Ford, which was towed to the Pacific to act as a target in an exercises called SINKEX.” Rand Corp. defense analyst Timothy Heath said, “The Pentagon is building a military force that can operate on a more sustainable basis and has a better chance of fighting and surviving within the PLA’s deadly anti-access, area denial envelope.” (Image: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin | United States of America MC2 Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/U.S. Navy)
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