reply to post by StellarX
1)It's taking sentences out of context when you break up points that intend to support each other. Let me repeat, once a single F-18 goes up in the
air, its location will be known, assuming it's launched within the F-18's range of China or Taiwan, or it would be useless to launch it anyway. The
F-18's range isn't that long, Chinese OTH radars can easily pick it out. And wherever it's launched, that's where the Carrier is. UAVs can fly
out there within an hour, by which time the carrier couldn't have possibly moved over 30 something knots.
2)Those OTH radars are always on. Unless you're prepared to launch a preemptive strike on mainland China, those F-18's and heck, those ships,
should be picked up by them. Scouting on the open sea is not as hard as you say. And can you track every Chinese sub? What about a massed missile
attack? Jamming? Are you assuming that the Chinese don't know how to jam or enact counter-EW measures?
3)Those escorts are useless against AShBM's, the current ABM systems cannot shoot it down.
4)There is a reason I didn't say cannons. Spears and swords didn't become obsolete until guns came out, they were much more effective weapons until
5)Why won't they be able to transmit? The Chinese EW capabilities are quite strong you know. Are you hinging your entire argument on the point that
you might be able to jam the guidance systems? Because all others are definitively refuted.
6)Obviously the Chinese would have achieved the necessary CEP in order for an AShBM to be useful.
7)Carriers can be a defensive presence(basically a mobile airfield). The Chinese are interested in defense. Can Carriers carry out effective
offensive missions close to Chinese soil? That's the question here.
8)You're avoiding the question. Of course the Chinese are highly unlikely to invade Taiwan or anywhere else any time soon. But we're assuming a
conflict does break out and Taiwan is the most likely place. The Chinese does not and will not possess the ability to project power far beyond its
borders any time soon, but this missile is clearly a defensive measure. Again, can the U.S. carrier carry out an offensive mission, which is
basically what intervention at Taiwan means being so close to Chinese shores?
Lastly, the USN should look for a paradigm change. How about smaller mobile platforms for example? Say small boats that each can carry only one
vertical takeoff plane? They can link many together to provide a large airfield for even large bombers far away from the shores, or they can link a
few together to provide a stable platform for a vertical takeoff. They can also scatter when a missile attacks. Just a thought, but we need
something new, something innovative.