posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 05:20 PM
reply to post by nh_ee
Anti Ship missiles signaled the end of the era and reign of Super Carriers some time ago.
I recall hearing the same being said for Fighters and dog fights. One of the reasons the USAF designed some fighters without a machine gun.
The problem with shooting a ship with a missile, you have to find the fleet first.
Sounds easy enough, but it is a big ocean.
The Navy's carriers are adept at changing the look of their carriers from satellites, using lights to simulate a cruise ship for example.
They also use tactics such as using commercial shipping lanes and blinding in with tankers and freighters.
The 'picket fence' defense is layered, and would not be visible if you were looking right at it, as the fleet will be dispersed over a wide area.
Missile launches are detectable, and the Navy is confident in their defenses, else they wouldn't be in the
South China Sea.
This does seem like a formidable weapon system, but I think they would have to launch a mass attack in order to penetrate the defenses.
That is if they can find the Fleet.
Just had to add, the Chinese don't think the Carrier is obsolete, else they wouldn't be developing them -
[edit on 6-8-2010 by ErEhWoN]