The first anti-ship missiles (ASMs), developed and built by Nazi Germany, used radio command guidance and technology has rapidly improved in the intervening years. Most of today’s anti-ship missiles are of the sea skimming variety, and many use both inertial guidance and active radar homing. A good number of other anti-ship missiles use infrared homing to follow the heat that is emitted by a ship; it is also possible for anti-ship missiles to be guided by radio command all the way.
Now rising tensions with China and Russia make clear: ship-to-ship naval warfare is back and with it, new ASM technologies able to reach out further and more precisely sink enemy ships.
The latest generation of ASMs are stealthy, supersonic and autonomous, and areskillful at evading defenses and hunting individual ships.
The following chart from @Naval_Graphics, shows all ASMs currently in use and able to sink your ship (click HERE for a high-resolution version):
Also check out THIS IMAGE of all 430 ships of the U.S. Navy.
About John Konrad
Captain John Konrad is the founder and CEO of gCaptain and author of the book Fire On The Horizon. He is licensed to captain the world's largest ships and has sailed from ports around the world. John has built some of the world's most advanced ships and managed billion-dollar offshore construction projects in some of the world's harshest marine environments. John is a distinguished alumnus of New York Maritime College.