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Originally posted by markygee
Even more interesting is what will they fly off it? Will it rival the joint strike fighter with vtol?
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Maybe the US can provide telephone help desk support.
Before India makes an offer of course.
Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by Jazzyguy
They know as well as we do that aircraft carriers and the so-called battle wagons of WWII, not to mention all naval ships of any size, are a thing of the past. Gen. "Billy" Mitchell proved in the 1930s that ships were at the mercy of aircraft both for protection and destruction.
Today, the situation is even more drastically against large ships. One atomic bomb can take out an entire fleet, one land-fired, air-fired, or space-fired missile can take out a carrier, then there are subs that can stand off at long range and launch homing torpedos.
The experiences of Falkland Islands brought that message home loud and clear. Big ships are virtually dead in the water before they leave their harbors.
Actually, it is even idiotic to send a carrier into the China Sea when there is even a hint of a possible war. In any all-out war, flat tops will be the first to go, sitting ducks, you could say.
Originally posted by Pervius
They possess several "land locked" aircraft carriers you can see on Google Earth which sit in the middle of nowhere's in little ponds/lakes. They've been practicing launching from there for YEARS and are ready to operate right now on their new carrier.