The U.S. Air Force and Navy have developed an inexpensive alternative weapon called Quicksink.
According to the Strategy Page, Quicksink is a regular guided bomb that can destroy a ship with the power of a heavy torpedo but is more efficient and cheaper. This weapon uses a modified version of the JDAM kits, turning an inexpensive, unguided “dumb” bomb into a GPS-guided one that can be launched up to 24 kilometers away from the target.
The Quicksink bomb has a similar impact as the Mark-48 torpedo, which considerably expands the U.S. Air Force’s ability to strike surface ships. However, it is less effective against warships with air defense systems.
This new U.S. Air Force program would deal with targets such as enemy ships in the early stages of war or specific situations such as Chinese amphibious attacks on Taiwan.
Forbes reported on May 7 that both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard have grappled with China’s vast numbers of light-armed and dual-use vessels. These Chinese ships are difficult to control and deter, often with hundreds in the fleet.
The Norwegian non-profit Trygg Mat Tracking page on December 8, 2021, reported many Chinese fishing boats are unregulated in the northwestern Indian Ocean, using large nets and illegally overfishing tuna.
A London-based Environmental Justice Foundation also disclosed Beijing’s fishing fleet’s destructive and indiscriminate fishing activities, especially in West Africa.
China’s ocean-going fleet uses destructive practices such as bottom trawls (also known as ocean bulldozers), forcing, indenture, slave labor, and trafficked boatmen to rob large quantities of fish from the African coast.
The only way for U.S. forces in the Pacific to deal with China’s substantial civilian fleet was to watch as China broke maritime and international rules one after the other.
Beijing has a tactic history of grouping small ships to counter its adversaries. As early as 1966, the Communist regime used a joint force of 11 steel-hulled trawlers to confront the USS Banner AGER-1 in the East China Sea. Swarm fighting is a long-standing and deeply rooted China fighting tactic.
Those aggressive practices have been out of control in the past few years, and there is little progress in containing such groups.
According to Reuters, the United States will soon take action to counter China’s sea power growth.
With deployment of new F-15EX jet fighters, the U.S. Air Force, with the Quicksink system, will soon help other countries where Beijing is illegally fishing, with sea-raiding ships that will be easy to target and neutralize.
The effects of QUICKSINK are like those of a heavyweight torpedo. On April 28, a live test in the Gulf of Mexico tore apart a large ship and sent it to the bottom in 40 seconds. In an actual attack on a working ship with fuel, the enemy ship would not be warned and would know where the attack came from.
Instead of chasing after high-tech warfare, a low-cost QUICKSINK program, at its core, is a counterweight to China’s massive investment in low-tech ships that focus on coercion.
China is creating a “gray zone” in the Pacific Ocean by using armed fishing fleet swarms, the so-called regime’s “frontline soldier,” to contest and invade more than 90% of the waters and geographical features.
QUICKSINK doesn’t have all the answers; Chinese illegal fishing fleets that hurt other countries’ sovereignty can still get together and work in the deep Pacific. But with QUICKSINK out in the field, China’s costs and risks are increasing.