AIM-120 AMRAAMs are the best missiles in aerial combat scenarios. The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have purchased more than 14,000 of these in recent years. An upgraded version of the AIM-120 missile, the AIM-260 JATM, is currently in production. These newer versions sport an increased range and decreased susceptibility to electronic signal jamming.
AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles can be launched in all weathers, and are “fire and forget” weapons, which means most of the work done automatically once a target has been fired at. These weigh about 335 pounds per missile, and can cost anywhere from $300,000 each, up to $1,786,000 for the most advanced models.
The Sea Sparrow Missile (RIM-7)
Sparrow missiles are considered the standard when it comes to U.S. Navy and NATO warships. These missiles can easily take down airborne and land threats. Although many attributes of the Sea Sparrow Missile are classified, we know that they were initially developed in the ‘70s and have been substantially improved since.
Sparrow missiles are usually the first weapons employed to counter oncoming threats on U.S. territory. They are highly accurate and are fitted with effective warheads. Most foreign hostile vehicles that get hit by one of these will explode into a million pieces before they ever knew what hit them, which makes them strong deterrents!
The Paveway Laser-Guided Bomb
Things were quite messy back when U.S. jets used unguided bombs to attack enemies. These would often miss targets, and potentially hurt civilians in their path. Nowadays, the Navy uses Paveway Laser-Guided Bombs. These use a precise laser-guiding system that allows them to hit very small areas with a tiny margin of error.
Paveway Laser-Guided bombs are used for destroying sensitive land targets without causing collateral damage. Half of the bombings in the Iraq War were done using Paveway Laser-Guided bombs, which helped quickly tip the scales in the United State’s favor, and were used to destroy much of Iraq’s infrastructure with minimal casualties.
Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC) (VLA)
When Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine rockets are launched from Navy ships, they fly into the air and begin a series of mid-flight maneuvers with the goal of destroying a hostile submarine. Once the rocket is fully airborne, it flips and begins parachuting straight directly towards the target. After the Anti-Submarine rocket reaches the ocean, it quickly shoots a torpedo directly on its target.
One good hit from an incoming torpedo can completely wipe out an enemy submarine. Lockheed Martin is the United State’s biggest manufacturer when it comes to Anti-Submarine Rockets. There are currently over a thousand of these in America’s missile cache.
The Mark 36 SRBOC
Mark 36 Super Rapid Blooming Offboard Chaff, also known as "Super-arboc", is a short-range mortar used to foil incoming anti-ship missiles and cause them to miss their targets. Each launcher has six tubes that are arranged at different angles ready to fire the decoy system in case of an emergency.
These are used by 19 navies around the world, and consistently help save soldiers’ lives during combat. Super-airbags deploy decoys that help deter missiles infrared and chaff radar scrambling technologies. A typical launcher holds 20 to 35 rounds of these decoys, and can be found on most modern Navy ships around the world.