You know we did this in Iraq on the ground and no one gave a shit, right?
They tried this, we killed them and that was that.
You know that phone in your pocket has enough computing power to render an aimbot smart enough to track and ship and guide itself into it.
You're technically right, but you're missing the crux of the matter. The processor could do that, yes. However, the hardware was never designed to handle those operating conditions and you'd have to have a sensor capable to tracking as well as control surfaces that were robust enough to guide it. More importantly you'd have to have the software that could do it. It's one thing to be good at exploits, it's another thing to write an entirely new machine vision program based on what research? Most modern US warships have optical scramblers, so it's not like you could just use a webcam you bought of Alibaba. Most people don't understand that missiles are really complicated and precise engineer. Just a tiny fuck up and it won't work at all. Part of this is because you can't actual field test a missile without using it up, so you just have to hope your QA did a good enough job even if you have all the math and engineering down. It's a simple question of logic: If everyone could build their own guided missiles, why would they buy them from other nations?
the unarmored fighting ships the US uses.
US ships aren't unarmored. They're not huge WW2 battleships with 12 inches of steel, but they are armored. Even an Arleigh Burke destroyer has Double spaced steel and 70 tons of Kevlar. In fact, such an arrangement would likely make it almost impervious to small rockets like that.
USS Cole was minimum 400 lbs of plastic explosives formed into a shaped charge used at contact range. Didn't even sink it.
All of this is forgetting the way these things are set up. They arrange their fleets in such a way that they have incredible defense in depth. You have to get past the radar, the sonar, the IRST, AWACS, Helicopter Patrols, CAP, AEGIS. It's just not happening. There's a reason the Soviet Union spent a lot of money on developing systems like Termit or the Ekranoplanes. If they thought there was any way to do this cheaper and easier, they would have, but they knew better.
Realistically, those motorboats will never even SEE the fleet they're gunning for before they're destroyed by an air strike.
And making something like that is beyond most nations. Even most nations in Europe couldn't do it.
What a retardedly fucking stupid statement. Yes, literally taken, that less than half of European nations ever created their own domestic fighter jet, you're correct. Which is fucking meaningless, but when people think about Europe, they're not talking about fucking Malta or Khazastan. They're thinking Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK… countries that actually matter.
Saab Grippen, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale are all modern fighter jets.
But here's the problem with your analysis. We sold Iran about 125 F-5 (and variants) over the years. They've been sitting on them over 40 years and just now they can finally duplicate what they've already owned for generations. Wow. Applause.
The USA has been pretty much the only advocate of this concept and the USAF has tried repeatedly to make it reality but been defeated each time.
Not so, in fact, Ironically, Iran proved this out in the Iran-Iraq war using the F-14s and Phoenix missiles we sold them. The worlds greatest F-14 Ace is the late Brig Gen. Jalil Zandi, proving the superiority of BVR vs older russian medium-close range fighters.
As in actually defeated militarily.
Well, no. You can just look at any of the air conflicts we've been in literally any war and the US always comes out on top in terms of kills and air superiority. Ground operations might be questionable, but you literally cannot argue the service record of the USAF and the USN Air Wings.
They had to mangle the Phantoms to fit a cannon in them.
A common myth.The F4-E (with integrated gun, scored 5 kills in the entire war, out of a total of about 107, the majority of those being guided missiles. Ironically, 5 is also the number of kills that all F4 variants scored by simply tricking MIGs into crashing into the ground.
modern defensive systems to be a threat to the USAs stealth aircraft.
Stealth aircraft fly with their radars off so they don't show up on passive sensors. An AWACS is operating behind the fighter screen and sends target data to the stealth fighters so they can attack without being detected. Iran doesn't have any of those, so it has to rely on radar sites. Radar sites that are well known and can be easily destroyed with cruise missiles or antiradiation missiles.
Which aren't really designed for getting up close with anything remotely aircraft like.
Well, we developed these things call "High Off Boresight Missiles." Which basically makes dogfighting obsolete.