What defenses have ships evolved against sea-skimming missiles these days? Would a modern exocet still have as much of a chance against shipping as it once did? Very nice piece of hardware.
Regular Merchant vessels still have no defense from an exocet or really any other kind of anti-ship weapon. Modern Navies now have Close In defense systems like CIWS Phalanx and the CIWS Goalkeeper. Both are radar controlled multi-barrel cannons. I think that the rolling airframe missile might also be able to knock out Exocet's from even greater ranges.
Correct me If i am wrong, but every time I hear about the exocet it has failed.
1: Argentine Vs british. Missile failes to explode
2: Hezbullah versus israel. Iranian version of chinese version failes to explode
Im might be wrong so plz correct if wrong.,..
Even if many fail to explode, they're still much cheaper to build than the ships they're used against.
So it doesn't matter to send a few to sink such high value targets.
About the Argentinians against the British in the Falklands, it was the first time a ship was sunk by an exocet in a war situation. The Argentinians wrote history.
Their crews were not well trained and had not finished training with their french exocet teachers.
As for the " Iranian version of chinese version " missile, I suspect these missiles were in their early uses during the Hezbollah/IDF conflict in Lebanon. This type of sophisticated equipment needs lots of adjustments drawn from actual war use to become effective.