IM probably not the only one that has thought this.
Well take Ballistic missile submarine. They are designed to be out for months at a time hidden so as to be able to launch attack in case of Nuclear
war. The reason they are useful is they are in theory hard to track and so it would be extremely difficult to take them out in a first strike.
Well surely the same principle could be applied to a orbital ship right?
Build in orbit a ships that contains missiles nuclear and conventional. Fit it with the latest stealth technology and tracking sytems ect You would
have not only a really got ballistic missile vessel but also a good strategic bomber.
The advantages would be:
Extremely good first strike capability as would be coming down on a target directly. The launch time to landing would be reduced.
More mobility as a submarine can take weeks to reposition, were as this vessel would take days or even hours.
Can be used to track land targets and monitor ground sights, acting as a good reconnaissance vessel in support of the satellites.
Can track Aircraft movements
Can track and take out orbital satellites
Can act as a anti ICBM platform. Not only could it take out the enemy's ICBM platforms before they launch but if any do it could be fitted with anti
missile devices so as to support conventional anti missile devices.
A ship like this could be fitted with anti aircraft missiles. If a Conventional aircraft squadron gets into bother against a enemy the vessel could
rain down anti aircraft missile and take out the enemy aircraft in a flash especially if the enemy are not prepared for such a attack.
Less need to use propulsion device unless repositioning.
If being suspected of being tacked can move out further into space a lay low for abit.
Although fragile it would be hard to hit unless it enters low earth orbit or a enemy nation has a similar ship. And that's is if you can even detect
Can take out harmful space debris and any rouge meteorites that could be harmful to earth.
Cost! But then if we are talking the USA is that really a problem for there military? Especially if its a "I WIN" button.
Need some sort of way to get supplies and crew to said vessel as well as maintain it as such a thing could not be landed or launched from the earth
directly (It would have to be built in modules in orbit).
Personally I would not be surprised if such things exist. I dont think the USA ever abandoned the SDI project as to do so would be to ignore a HUGE
strategic advantage and would leave itself vulnrable if Russia or China did the same. In fact I would not be surprised if military had there eyes on
this goal since the first live animal went into space!
edit on 18-7-2013 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)