The US Marines Corps wants to quickly acquire new generation anti-ship missiles

As we often mention in our lines, it seems that the strategic initiative has changed sides, after three decades of American superiority over military affairs. In China, Russia and among their main customers, the generalization of denial of access systems (A2 / AD), both anti-aircraft and anti-ship, has gradually reduced Western air and naval superiority. At the same time, the emergence of a Chinese oceanic navy represented, for the US Navy, a new challenge since the end of the Cold War, pushing the American armed forces to adapt their strategy of means to these new threats which hang over their expeditionary forces.

As we explained recently, the US Navy will soon thoroughly modernize its arsenal of Tomahawk cruise missiles, thereby reducing its strike capacity towards the ground. This will however allow radically increase its endowment in anti-ship missiles, allowing the US Navy to focus again on maritime control missions but also on denial of naval access, at a time when the Chinese People's Navy is following the US Navy in terms of tonnage and capacity. But the US Navy is not the only American military branch to make such a turn. Indeed, the US Marines Corps is preparing to integrate into its forces land units dedicated solely to the destruction of naval targets through an intelligent combination of innovation and proven means.

The Naval Strike Missile already equips the LCS coastal combat vessels of the US Navy. Relatively light, it can be operated by mobile land vehicles that are easy to disperse.

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