Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:59 pm
Phalanx is being replaced by RIM. Not sure just how effective it is, but it can engage at something like 20 miles, versus the Phalanx's two or three.
I think a more poignant question with SM-3 is can it hit a target saying "I'm over here instead." Even something as small as a ballistic missile warhead can be seen by radar and targeted, ECM in the mix is more complicated. At least it's doing better than the land based system, which has an abysmal record. IMO we should be studying the Nth iteration of Nike/Zeus rather than starting from scratch.