The sinking of the Sheffield is sometimes blamed on a superstructure made wholly or partially from aluminium, the melting point and ignition temperature of which are significantly lower than those of steel. However, this is incorrect as the Sheffield's superstructure was made entirely of steel. The confusion is related to the US and British Navies abandoning aluminium after several fires in the 1970s involving ships that had aluminium superstructures. The sinking of the Type 21 frigates HMS Antelope and Ardent, both of which had aluminium superstructures, probably also had an effect on this belief though these cases are disputed
None. The warhead weight is 160 kg (I think we can disregard the rest of the missile due to its soft nature) and travels at 300 m/s. That would make it equal to a shell between 8" and 11".
The exocet is built to engage large modern warship. Not à battleship. Today warship are built of wood, composite, resin etc...
True Ostriker. If battleships were present in these days, they would design a large missile, 1 ton warhead, may be with a shaped-charge (the non-rotating missile would allow this) or with a diving final trajectorie (to impact below the belt).
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