[News Today] HOW POWERFUL IS USS STERETT & WHY NORTH KOREA FEARS IT?
NORTH Korea is threatening a “merciless strike” against the US, While Donald Trump has send USS Sterett to the South China Sea amid the conflict with Kim Jong-un.
North Korea has claimed that the US is trying to “suffocate” the country through economic sanctions.
Pyongyang’s foreign ministry released a statement accusing the US of blocking imports of frozen chicken and other goods over its nuclear armament program.
Sanctions against North Korea were agreed upon by the United Nations after the US led the discussions to punish the hermit state for its missile tests.
US relation with North Korea is going more and more downhill with every passing day and chances of reversal is getting dimmer.
US has positioned a flotilla of warships in the Korean waters and now in a significant move, it has deployed USS Sterett.
In this video, Defense Updates analyzes the capabilities of USS Sterett in 5 points and understand why North Korea should fear it.
Lets get started.
The USS Sterett is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after Andrew Sterett, a U.S. naval officer who fought in the Quasi-War and the Barbary Wars.
USS Sterett Sterett ((DDG-104) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy.
Arleigh Burke-class warships were designed as multi mission destroyers capable of Anti Aircraft Warfare (AAW), Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti Surface warfare (ASuW).
USS Sterett was build by Bath Iron Worksand and was commissioned on 9 August 2008.
USS Sterett being an Arleigh Burke class destroyer is among the largest destroyers in the world.
It has an overall length of 505 to 509 feet (154 to 155 m) and displacement of about 9,200 tons.
It has a speed of 30+ knots (55+ km/h) and range of 4,400 nmi (8,100 km)
North Korea has no warship, which is even close to USS Sterett in its stature.
North Korean largest warships are Najin-class frigates, which have a displacement of around 1600 tons. It has two of these.
AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM
The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers is the United States Navy’s first class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System.
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System is a United States DOD (Department of Defense) Missile Defense Agency program developed to provide missile defense against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Aegis BMD is designed to intercept ballistic missiles post-boost phase and prior to reentry.
It enables USS Sterett to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles by expanding the Aegis Combat System with the addition of the AN/SPY-1 radar and Standard missile technologies.
Aegis BMD-equipped vessels can transmit their target detection information to other systems and, if needed, engage potential threats using either the SM-2 or SM-3 missile.
SM-3 missile having range of 2,500 km & speed of Mach 10.2 is expected to be particularly effective against North Korean missiles like Nodong missiles, Musudan and Taepodong that have short to intermediate range.
The heart of the AEGIS systems on board the USS Sterett is an advanced, automatic detect and track, multifunctional phased-array radar, the AN/SPY-1. This high-powered (4 MW) radar is able to perform search, track and missile guidance functions simultaneously with a capability of over 100 targets.
A conventional, mechanically rotating radar “sees” a target when the radar beam strikes that target once during each 360-degree rotation of the antenna. A separate tracking radar is then required to engage each target.
By contrast, the computer-controlled AN/SPY-1A Phased Array Radar of the AEGIS system brings these functions together within one system. The phased array can concentrate energy where it is needed. The operator can boost the range and resolution in a particular direction without blinding the ship to threats from another side. The 4 fixed arrays of “SPY” send out beams of electromagnetic energy in all directions simultaneously, continuously providing a search and tracking capability for hundreds of target at the same time.
North Korean air force has relatively old and non-stealthy aircrafts like MiG-29, MiG-23,
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