Discussion in 'Military' started by longknife, Feb 28, 2018.
They said that 40 years ago too!
Well like most changes in military tech, and strategy; well likely have to lose a carrier before anyone wants to invest in new tech. 40 years is a long time for complacency to set in. And in that time we really haven’t had any outright attempts on our blue water vessels. But then again, we’ve spent the last 40 years stomping around 3rd world shitholes. Not squaring off against modern military armies equipped with full spectrum modern tech.
Why are people like you so hard-headed when it come to the ability to process information?
40 years? You do realize that the last time that happened was a little dust-up called World War II and it was about 76 years ago to start.
It is not that we are not developing that technology. You don't build an aircraft carrier with a design to carry drones when you don't have anything close to operational.
The entire idea behind the Zumwalt-class destroyer was a rail gun. Guess what? The thing is too damn expensive to make work! Now, there will be no rail guns and we have three ships that look like something out of science fiction that are really not much better than something that cost about a third of what one of those behemoths cost.
We have been hearing about laser weapons since I was a kid. Are we close to having anything operational that will help defend our ships and take the offense to the enemy? Nope. Not a chance. We are no better off than when the idea first appeared in a science fiction story probably in the late 1800s.
Build what works, but plan on spending money to improve what you have, not spend money on pieces of shit that have little chance of working.
Russia just recently showcased a hypersonic missile that can travel at 10 times the speed of sound. there is just little protection a high value target like an aircraft carrier can call on to defeat such a missile. imagine a missile costing 5 million able to destroy a 5 billion dollar carrier.
It always happens. Build a toy and someone will find a way to break it.
Believe it or not, our navy realizes the vulnerability of a massive aircraft carrier, that's why they always sail with a large escort of ships designed to fight off such attacks. Naval escort ships are heavily armed to fight off missiles and aircraft.
Waste of money.
These behemoths serve no purpose practically...other than power projection. Slooooooooooow projection. When it absolutely...positively has to be killed within 48 hours...Nothing can stop the USAF.
SING! Off we gooooo...
As a Veteran I'm as patriotic as the next guy but how many more ocean going landing strips do we need in the age of terrorism? The old fat asses in the Pentagon seem to be planning for (fantasizing about) the next great global naval adventure but it ain't gonna happen in the 21st century ICBM nuclear age.
Enough carriers already.
How many carriers did we use in Desert Storm? How many in OIF, and OEF?
Out dated, as were battleships in WWII. Towed barges would suffice and cost almost nothing in comparison. Piloted planes are outdated, too, so 'military intelligence' will dictate sticking to old ways, just as always.
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