1. Persistence, in general, is determined by (1)autonomy and (2)seaworthiness (incl. maximum sea state when weapon usage is permitted).That belief is why they are generally discounted when discussing Chinas naval capabilities, however I believe we will see them used in a much more offensive, and persistent manner in the future.
That belief is why they are generally discounted when discussing Chinas naval capabilities, however I believe we will see them used in a much more offensive, and persistent manner in the future.
To stay OT we can continue in the Type 022 thread, but with the support of a suitable supply ship and space based sensors some of the 80+ examples in service could operate in many interesting shallow seas and littoral zones around the world, as well as within the second island ranges as part of groups or special missions given their capabilities. They are small, fast, stealthy, potentially very deadly and a ship carrier can easily transport four of them long distances. Let’s keep an eye out to see if any of them get updates soon, or even a new Type.
Lack of SATCOMs make the 022 a problem for getting satellite linked OTH target data. This is a big difference from the 056 series that has one. In order get such information, they would have to operate within the vicinity of a Type 056 or a frigate that can act as a hub for the satellite network. Once the frigate gets the targeting information, it will have to relay the information to the 022s via direct ship to ship datalink.