Honest Numbers Question

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    Shouldn't we be buying a lot more JDAMS and UAVS than nuclear subs?
    I mean, I'm willing to sign off on the F/22 (after reading CSM's defense of it) and maybe even the F-35 (I think the Marines at least need it, badly). But more nuclear subs? Shouldn't we be building diesel subs and underwater UAVS with attack and recon capabilities?

     
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    From my limited understanding of naval vessels, I believe diesel subs cannot submerge as far as nuclear subs putting them at a disadvantage against other nations with nuclear subs. Also i dont believe diesel can get to higher rates of speed. I believe in having a nuclear sub as part of our strategic defense net against China and Russia still the way things are looking.

    Again my knowledge is limited but i believe thats the key difference between nuclear and diesel subs.
     
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    Thanks for the POV. Aren't diesel subs more quiet than nukes?

    I see the diesels as another line of defense for our deployed fleets. Maybe...
     
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    Hell no. The quitest sub ever made has been the Wolfpack, a nuclear sub. There's no explosion involved, unlike an internal combustion sub. Then there's the fact that nuke subs have no exhaust and they, like, never need refueling.
     
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    Thanks for clearing up my confusion. I see where diesels and AIP subs can be of great use though.

    The Swedes use this AIP, and they're who we like to war game with the most. Not bad.
     

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