Power Projection and Navies
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07-10-2012, 05:24 AM
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Re: Power Projection and Navies
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That's actually very interesting. They don't actually need to be able to avoid sonar detection, since as you say the ocean's surface acts as a natural barrier against all the superweapons you mentioned. They would only need to be able to deal with conventional means of destroying submarines/submersibles, which I imagine is trivial by comparison. Then once naval supremacy is established, they merely need to position themselves correctly (at their leisure) and THEN emerge and quickly launch strikes against the aforementioned superweapons through a combination of submarine missile launches covered by air support from the submersible carriers.
Of course I haven't actually seen anything on these technologies so there could be some holes in this strategy I can't see, but either way it sort of changes the game (yet again).
Let me start by posting this in response to Wes' video.
ALL submarines need to avoid detection. A large size submarine is even more vulnerable- unlike surface warships, submarines cannot carry any armour, for obvious reasons. Even machine gun bullets can disable a submarine if found on the surface, as if the pressure hull gets even slightly damaged, submerging can be deadly for the crew.
Being easily detectable on SONAR is just asking for a Mark 46 slamming into your hull, no matter how big you are. A huge aircraft carrying sub would just present a huge target, and would require a heavy escort of surface warships, meaning the whole idea is just a waste. Might as well use regular carriers with a battleground of escorts to do the same job to a much greater efficiency.
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