Tags: Aegis, Aegis BMD, China, PGS, VLS
So if, over the next two years, the 7,804 Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells in the surface fleet suddenly acquired a Prompt Global Strike capability? It’s gonna happen.
As I wrote over at defensetech.org:
Putting PGS into the VLS does something far more interesting than just â€śadd capabilityâ€ť. It changes everything. PGS on a surface ship transforms the largely “defensive” nature of the U.S. surface combatant/carrier escort to, well, â€śoffenseâ€ť.
And that shift from the â€śMissile Defenseâ€ť destroyer or â€śAir Defenseâ€ť cruiser of old to a â€śGlobal Strike Combatantâ€ť will pose a real conceptual challenge for everybodyâ€“from those walking Aegis deckplates to any potential adversaries.
The idea that Americaâ€™s 7,804 VLS cells may soon gain the ability to rain almost instant havoc on targets some 2,000 nm away should put a bit of a damper on those who counted on overwhelming a hunkered-down and relatively passive â€śdefense-orientedâ€ť AEGIS fleet. Itâ€™s a big deal.
You heard it here firstâ€“A shift of the U.S. surface combatant fleet from defense to offense is a real game changer.