I am working on a scenario involving a situation where China fires some of its DF-21D (Conventional) Carrier Killer missiles at the Ronald Reagan, and her escorts. The launcher normally has four missiles, but I added another launcher, for a total of eight missiles. (Perhaps someone can tell me if that is realistic or not.)
In any case, I have never played with these before, so I really didn't know what to expect. The 8 missiles weren't detected until just before they could have been shot at. They were traveling at 74.1 km, or 46 miles high.
They are traveling at over 6000 kts.
The Reagan's escorts begin shooting. They have these RIM-161B (and C) SAMs that can reach up to 1,000,000 feet. They also have RIM 156A missiles that can shoot up to 115,000 feet. The program allows for the RIM 156 A missiles to fire, even though the DF-21D missiles are currently much higher than that.
The RIM 161 missiles also travel at over 6000 kts, and they begin knocking the DF-21s out of the sky. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. (I don't know where that saying comes from.) First one, then another, then another, then another. Heck, this is going to be easy. Then, the first group of RIM 161 missiles finished, but there were still three DF-21s still coming.
Next up was the RIM 161A missiles. The RIM 156A missiles managed to take care of one of those as the DF-21 missiles, which had now dropped down to an altitude of 115,000 feet, which was the ceiling for the RIM 156A.
But, the DF-21s blew right on by the rest of them, leaving the remainder circling around and looking for targets. The DF-21s were now 24 miles away. The Reagan group did fire two more RIM 156A missiles, but neither could hit.
The Reagan group still had an ample number of RIM 161 missiles, but it did not fire. I assume that there is a ROF that precludes it from getting off a second wave of missiles. Perhaps someone will know if that is true.I couldn't find it if that is the case.
In any case, the CIWS and the guns could not fire, presumably due to the speed of the DF-21s.
Then, two of the DF-21s hit and sunk the Reagan. I've never seen that before. I was stupefied. Wow! I just kind of sat there looking at the screen as if it were real. I didn't think that it was possible.
So, in the aftermath, should Reagan's escorts have realistically been able to get off a second round of RIM 161s, or do they just travel too fast for that? I don't see anything as to how many RIM 161s can be controlled at once, or what the refresh is. Does anyone know?
Also, would China realistically have another launcher of DF-21s sitting around so that they would/could combine the two of them? Obviously, a group of four was easily destroyed by the Reagan group, but a group of eight DF-21s was two too much.
Any insight would be helpful.