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Fast missile craft vs Torpedo boats

Lets say in a naval battle between 2 forces one side is primarily fast missile craft equipped lets say with 4 anti-ship missile, a medium caliber gun 75mm and some QF automatic cannons vs
Other side has a 2 : 1 superiority in numbers but only has Torpedo boat equipped with 4 x TT, 75mm gun and ASW rockets

Is the second navy with only torpedo craft doomed to lose every time ? ANy strategies they can adopt to offset some of the advantages of the fast missile craft ?
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Lets say in a naval battle between 2 forces one side is primarily fast missile craft equipped lets say with 4 anti-ship missile, a medium caliber gun 75mm and some QF automatic cannons vs
Other side has a 2 : 1 superiority in numbers but only has Torpedo boat equipped with 4 x TT, 75mm gun and ASW rockets

Is the second navy with only torpedo craft doomed to lose every time ? ANy strategies they can adopt to offset some of the advantages of the fast missile craft ?
Depends on a lot. Those missile craft could have a far better radar thuse could have the edge in a long range dual.

The torpedo boats only chance is surprise. If small enough, Missile boats radar bad enough and weather rough it could get close enough that it becomes a gun fight. 2 76mm vs 1 76mm means a better chance for the 2. But if the Misslie boat can pick them up on radar they dead either missiles or a 76mm with a better FCS will mean the missile boat can stay out of range.


Either way I don't see the torpedo's being used
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Stealth and electronics. You can counter a missile that is electronically guided using ECM, chaff, decoys, etc.

Stealth includes such things as using coastal and other land features to blank radar, design of the boat itself to be difficult to detect, that sort of thing. Paint it with radar absorbing paint or coating for example. Camouflage it to make visual detection harder.

The combination could easily give the torpedo boats the time to get in close and avoid being hit by missile fire.
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Stealth and electronics. You can counter a missile that is electronically guided using ECM, chaff, decoys, etc.

Stealth includes such things as using coastal and other land features to blank radar, design of the boat itself to be difficult to detect, that sort of thing. Paint it with radar absorbing paint or coating for example. Camouflage it to make visual detection harder.

The combination could easily give the torpedo boats the time to get in close and avoid being hit by missile fire.
The FAC(m) probably all ready has all that as well. Any case I would remove the torpedo's from the torpedo boat. They wont be used either way. Either you get sunk before you can shoot back or you sink with your guns before in torpedo range
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I guess the broader context is important too whether missile boat has a defensive or a offensive role.
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In a straight up between MBs and TBs, I'd say the MB has an edge because missiles are just better at engaging smaller faster ships.

However, if they were attacking say an Aircraft Carrier, I'd rather have the TB.....because torpedoes are harder to counter than missiles, AND torpedoes do substantially more damage than missiles.
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In a straight up between MBs and TBs, I'd say the MB has an edge because missiles are just better at engaging smaller faster ships.

However, if they were attacking say an Aircraft Carrier, I'd rather have the TB.....because torpedoes are harder to counter than missiles, AND torpedoes do substantially more damage than missiles.
Good point , and if lets say the targets of the TB are cargo ships and amphib invasion craft that are guarded by the Missile crafts then they will be hard pressed to counter the torpedoes too provided the missile crafts are distracted by a divisionary attack.

I guess the biggest advantage of the missile craft is the range of its weapons , if this can be minimized by geography confined fiords and rocky cliffs then some of the odds can be minimized ?
Also isnt there a minimum engagement range of anti-ship missiles ?
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NK still has a huge number of TB in service , do they constitute a threat to ROK and JSDF USN surface ships ? Given that most of them still use the type 65 wake homing torpedoes
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in WW2, I didn't think the PT boats hit much--and they were not attacking ''fast'' missile craft...especially in the Solomons.....a few hits at Battle of Surigao Strait--but bigger ships there,.. for the most part, in line
..as Andrewza infers--would be hard to hit a fast craft with a torpedo, correct?
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in WW2, I didn't think the PT boats hit much--and they were not attacking ''fast'' missile craft...especially in the Solomons.....a few hits at Battle of Surigao Strait--but bigger ships there,.. for the most part, in line
..as Andrewza infers--would be hard to hit a fast craft with a torpedo, correct?
I dont think they can hit missile boats but larger destroyers can be hit esp with wake homing torpedoes and if they are in confined waters IMHO
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in WW2, I didn't think the PT boats hit much--and they were not attacking ''fast'' missile craft...especially in the Solomons.....a few hits at Battle of Surigao Strait--but bigger ships there,.. for the most part, in line
..as Andrewza infers--would be hard to hit a fast craft with a torpedo, correct?
in WWII they also didn't have torpedoes that had their own internal sonar tracking systems, or wire guided torpedoes or anything like that either...
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I would say missile boats since they can launch their missiles at long range. Then again there's always a chance a PT boat might get lucky and manage to sink a missile Boat.
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I would say missile boats since they can launch their missiles at long range. Then again there's always a chance a PT boat might get lucky and manage to sink a missile Boat.
what can happen and what historically has happened in combat are two different.

also if we're assuming it's just the small boats no EWACs or shore radar stations, the missile boats wouldn't be able to launch at ranges that are all that far.
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Lets say in a naval battle between 2 forces one side is primarily fast missile craft equipped lets say with 4 anti-ship missile, a medium caliber gun 75mm and some QF automatic cannons vs
Other side has a 2 : 1 superiority in numbers but only has Torpedo boat equipped with 4 x TT, 75mm gun and ASW rockets
Is the second navy with only torpedo craft doomed to lose every time ? ANy strategies they can adopt to offset some of the advantages of the fast missile craft ?
My money's on the smaller missile boats..
Let's do the sums- say there are 10 missile boats each packing 4 anti-ship missiles, which gives a total punch of 40 missiles.
The enemy force is bigger with 20 vessels, each with a 75mm gun for a total of 20 guns. but 75mm guns are not so hot at shooting down missiles anyway, the boats will pop chaff/flares to try to decoy the missiles, or try to jam the missiles radar, but there's no guarantee it'll work, so 40 missiles against 20 guns looks to me as if the missile boats will win most of the time.

PS- but like other guys have said, a lot depends on what specific vessels on both sides we're talking about. For example missiles usually have a longer range than guns, so if the missile boats stand off and launch at maximum range, the enemy's guns won't have the range to hit them in return!.
(We wargamers do naval tactics stuff like that all the time)..

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My money's on the smaller missile boats..
Let's do the sums- say there are 10 missile boats each packing 4 anti-ship missiles, which gives a total punch of 40 missiles.
The enemy force is bigger with 20 vessels, each with a 75mm gun for a total of 20 guns. but 75mm guns are not so hot at shooting down missiles anyway, so 40 missiles against 20 guns looks to me as if the missile boats will win most of the time.

PS- but like other guys have said, a lot depends on what specific vessels on both sides we're talking about. For example missiles usually have a longer range than guns, so if the missile boats stand off and launch at maximum range, the enemy's guns won't have the range to hit them in return!.
(We wargamers do naval tactics stuff like that all the time)..
I understand , but what about torpedoes ?

can you recommend any naval games ( not WW2 era) that involve cold war era small craft combat like TB or MGB

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