Posted 04 May 2003 - 07:49 AM
I don't know about tanks, but Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers have some sort electronic shield around them.
The company my father runs is involved in putting on in the water boat shows in this area. Earlier this week, he was on one of the boats towing a string of about a dozen or so floating docks across the Bay to go back into storage. They can't go much faster than about four knots when they do this, or the lead dock will start to submarine, and since the tops aren't sealed, fill up with water. They won't sink because of the flotation foam, but they will be a lot heavier, and a lot harder to tow.
An Arleigh Burke-class, which is what the USS Cole was, was anchored in the Naval anchorage with a couple Marines or SEALS or whatever doing perimeter patrol in an RHIB, making sure nobody entered the 500 yard exclusion zone.
Well, my father's boat was passing about 700-800 yards away, and right when they got to the intersect point, the speed indicator on the GPS jumped from four knots to 21, or in other words, the boat, and the string of docks it was towing, would have had to instantly quintuple its speed in the less than thirty seconds it takes to update the GPS between one position fix and the next.
Imagine what something like this would do to the guidance system of any missile aimed at the ship.
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
-Wm. Shakespeare Henry V Prologue
Now, was it just the eggs? Or was the ham green as well?