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Indications are that a single module would cost on the order of $1.5B, with a full MOB platform (2-kilometer length) costing between $5B and $8B.
Originally posted by dragonrider
Seems to me that it would prove to be a very large, impossible to conceal, impossible to miss target that would just be begging for the enemy to take a crack at it.
I realize that there would be an enormous amount of military hardware associated with this that would serve to defend it, however, consider that an average supercarrier is staffed with upwards of 7000 crew, this thing would take hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions of crew and troops. A very tempting target indeed for a tactical nuke... and I can think of ways to get one past whatever defences it might have.
So, even in the unlikely possibility that a weapon would get past the defences of this thing, if one did penetrate, the losses and casualties could be horrific...
There is much to be said for not putting all your eggs in one basket...
Originally posted by KKing123
seems to me that it would be rather easy to get past that thing's defenses while it's moving, the same way you could get past a carriers
a diesel submarine figures out the course of the thing, puts itself in the middle of it, shuts down, when it's close enough fires some tactical nukes (either missile or torpedo) and it's gone