|How would a modern, thin-skinned, electronics-laden ship fare if hit by dozens of cluster bomblets? A 277mm MLRS for example is loaded with 644 dual-purpose submunitions.
It seems that radars, missile and torpedo tubes, SeaRAM and CWIS systems are all very vulnerable to even a relatively small munition.
The Japanese learned in WWII that it was a bad idea for their cruisers to have LOX-powered Long John torpedoes on deck...even a strafing aircraft could set them off...
Is this a vulnerability for US ships, or also an opportunity? Could a missile or gun-based CWIS system be overwhelmed and potentially suppressed with a hail of Starstreak-like darts (think 900 gram, 22mm flechettes with 450g of explosive and enough energy and sectional density to punch through 15mm - 25mm of armor) released 5km from the target?