posted on Aug, 22 2009 @ 12:19 AM
Originally posted by Viking04
Any SSGN/SSG is an aircraft carrier. The aircraft just take one way trips, without pilots.
Viking has it exactly correct.
I dont know if any of you are aware of it but the future of the Nimitz class carriers is in Stealth Aircraft ..manned and unmanned.
There have already been tests of unmanned Aircraft both landing and taking off of Nimitz class carriers. The F 35 mockups have already been brought on
board for the deck handling crews to move them on the flight decks and in the hanger bays to check practical and feasable handling.
It is being said in certain circles that the F35 and F22 may be the last manned fighter type aircraft made for the military.
Unmanned stealthy aircraft have already refueled Unmanned stealthy aircraft in mid air. These unmanned aerial aircraft..have also been refueled from
The tomahawk is an unmanned aircraft capable of being launched from a submarine or another aircraft. At one time the military had them on tracked
vehicles deployed in Europe.
The problem with a submarine is that it is risky to resurface and recover aircraft. It would be better to have them recovered elsewhere or not
recovered at all.
In case no one ever told many of you ...submarines are most vulnurable when they surface and when they first dive..just like an airplane....approach
and take off is when most accidents and crashs take place.
So why would you want to jeopardize a very expensive submarine by having it recover aircraft. They are vulnurable enought when they launch.
Have any of you seen close up...a water tight hatch capable of taking great pressures of the deep. I can assure you it is not like anything you have
ever seen at the local Auto Zone or Home depot/Lowes. This means also...very very expensive and close tolerance fit. THe bigger the hatch, the more
expensive and difficult it is to make and keep water tight.
This is why your aircraft would be small and also unmanned.
What do you folks think an SSGN submarine is?? It is capable of launching about 150 plus unmanned aircraft.
And yes...these types of unmanned aircraft have also been launched from torpedo tubes.