That things has the drawbacks of both a subsonic LACM and a MRBM, and none of the benefits (it flies in a rather predictable and obvious flight path (not to mention weighing much as a MRBM), and it takes long enough to fly to its target at near maximum range that a decently dense SEAD will have multiple engagement opportunities).
Because that you said about MLRS over cruise missiles shows your fundamental lack of understanding of both. Which is important, because it alone would've quite clearly explained to you, why did they go with the LACM option.
p.s. the shortest range where cruise missile with proper airbreathing engine makes sense is currently around ~100 km.
It is and note the delivery method: dumb bomb delivered by plane. There is no mechanism for delivering such a bomb by missile.You want to break a dam, you don't attack the dam wall directly, nor do you need to totally penetrate the entire wall. You use the massive weight of the water behind it to do the job.
You just need to weaken the wall and let physics do the rest. viz. Dambusters
That said, it will involve a whole new delivery system for Taiwan. Not something they currently have on hand.
Also as stated, it's probably a war crime? Attacking infrastructure in a manner that will cause massive civilian casualties.
It is and note the delivery method: dumb bomb delivered by plane. There is no mechanism for delivering such a bomb by missile.
The underwater side faces north, so it'll have to be a cruise missile delivered heavy torpedo that maneuvers around the mountain in a huge loop, then drop down into the river valley, without being detected and not losing range.Plane delivered was what they could do then.
Modern tech and precision means you can probably achieve the same effect with a depth charge delivered by cruise missile. But like I said and I agree, such capability (missile and warhead) does not currently exist.
In any case, just wanted to point out that there is no necessity to attack the dam wall directly. It is vastly more effective to attack it from uw and behind.
The distance between Taipei and China's Three Gorges Dam is 1,200 kilometers.
YunFeng range: 1500 Km.