A steam catapult system is a very expensive and highly complex system, to not only build and get out to sea, but also to maintain. A great many
factors are involved in keeping a catapult system properly aligned, maintained, lubricated et al...both in the yards and out at sea.
What is often not told to the public, but known in the trades, is that the Soviets for all their Super Power status..could not build and maintain a
Steam Catapult System. It was just to much for them.
Think through carefully what that means and implies..not just about carriers..but the Super Power status as well.
Some of you people have been had...and it continues today.
Even the US Navy is attempting to simplify the catapult system by going to the EMALS system of launching planes. For we can most certainly build the
ski ramps but find them wanting for our mission requirements.
I also do not know if many of you are aware..but the US Navy often launches their aircraft from the steam catapults in a condition light on fuel but
heavy on ordinance and quickly rendevous with a tanker once airborne and gas up for the long trips. This is all factored into the mission
That they can do this with more expedience on a capult system verses a ski ramp is a telling difference and the very reason the US Navy desires a
catapult verses a ski ramp.
The other thing which is rapidly going to change our Blue Water navy is unmanned aircraft. These have already been tried onboard..not only to be
launched and recovered from catapults and arresting gear. but also below decks to see how they can be maintained and handled. Other nations are
examining this technology for just such applications. For an unmanned aircraft can be made lighter and with more range/distance capability since it
does not have to carry all the human support gear to weigh it down. This human support gear takes up alot of weight and space on most aircraft.
A Country builds the Ships they can afford. This means not only to build but to run and maintain. The Indian navy as well as other countries fit
this bill. For now they have chosen the Ski ramp as it meets their requirements at their costs..and skill/knowledgeability availablility.
I am wondering if in the future when the bugs and costs are operationally worked out of the EMALS..if more countries will choose this route. I am
certain that many nations and their Navys are looking at this system and keeping tabs on it for their potential use.
Just some additional informations for which man of the readers may not be aware.
Added to this post in Post Script mode.
The photo above of the Indian Nomoms is not taken onboard in the galley. I know this by the light coming through the windows. You would never have
such windows on a combat ship. Shipboard lighting is more simply and reliably done and with safety also in mind. Also the workers are not in uniforms.
This was taken at an on shore land factory and probably civilian producing these foods.
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