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The Chancellor will make a speech and present the Spending Review to Parliament on 20 October 2010.
The MoD is under pressure to cut its £36.9bn annual budget by up to 20%.
Fears over their future were sparked after BAE systems chief executive Sir Ian King told the Commons Defence Select Committee on Wednesday that the company was asked to consider a number of options ranging from "one carrier to no carriers".
"Strategic Defence and Security Review: four future scenarios and how they might play out"
By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent, Telegraph.co.uk
Published: 12:26PM BST 14 Sep 2010
The MoD’s seminal document, the Future Character of Conflict, predicts that by 2029, control over resources will “increase the incidence of conflict”, as world population rises to 8.3 billion.
The paper warns of high-end warfare (without mentioning Iran). It adds (without mentioning China) that “it cannot be assumed that the West will retain sufficient military advantage over rising powers in all circumstances, which may embolden actors where previously they had been deterred.”
“it cannot be assumed that the West will retain sufficient military advantage over rising powers in all circumstances, which may embolden actors where previously they had been deterred.”
Originally posted by Evanzsayz
reply to post by endisnighe
dude the japs couldnt even take out the carriers doin kamikazi however u spell it it took like 5 plane crashes on one ship to make them abandon ship and that was only cuz one plane got lucky and hit somethin dead on like fuel tanks im not sure but caused a massive explosion...have u ever seen a aircraft carrier they are massive very hard to take down
a game changer maybe, but it won't defeat us, chances are we already have a plan made now incase the enemy gets their hands on this weapon.
Originally posted by danielhanson420
i personally think this is a good thing. after all if America became untouchable there's nothing to stop them doing anything they want. the result of china having this tech is that America might think twice about how they deploy their carriers. imagine if they sold this to Iran.. it would be a bit of a game changer wouldn't it?
Originally posted by FreeStanger
If anything, I think the world is a little paranoid about China, not like they are a hostile country, I don't think in history that they have ever invaded any other country except for Tibet...
Originally posted by firepilot
Things like hits and sinking, are not a random dice event. One of those hitting, would in all likelyhood not sink a carrier. They are designed to be extremely hard to sink and to absorb a lot of damage. The USS America was used as a study in that when they took it out to the ocean and hit it until it sunk, to see what it could take.
One big use of missiles like that, is a launch of those could really disrupt flight operations, especially launching or recovering of aircraft.
That's why I think the USS America results were never published. Because they'll reveal how vulnerable these ships really are & what a folly it is in the modern age to to base your entire surface fleet operations around them.