The proliferation of longer-range Russian and Chinese-origin detection and targeting sensors, anti-aircraft weaponry and sophisticated “carrier-killer” missiles has the U.S. Navy reaching for ordnance with improved ship-killing capabilities and greater striking distances. If Russia or China and the West ever trade blows, the maritime service knows that its free-roaming carrier battle groups will be targeted almost immediately by an assortment of subsonic and supersonic adversary ...

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