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POLL: Will Carriers Be Unable to Strike Inland?


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mandt2 Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Not with the current air-wing configurations and strategies.

Manned carrier aircraft simply can't make the trip. And aside from Tomahawks, I don't think the Navy has missiles that they can fire in large numbers at long ranges. However, equipping them with long-range drones might extend their lifespan.

Thing is there are probably few potential targets in the world that are beyond 1000 miles from the reach of LB aircraft and land launched cruise missiles.

And I would not underestimate China's, Russia's, or even North Korea's ability to develop missiles that could seriously damage and even sink a super carrier. And at over $2 USDB a pop not including the airwing and crew, they are simply too "expensive" to send into a high risk situation.

The super-carriers are finished. Smaller ships, cruise missiles and drones are the future.


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VOTING RESULTS
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no opinion
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carriers will not be able to strike inland
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carriers will be able to strike inland
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carriers will not need to strike inland
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Writing in Proceedings magazine, Dave Majumdar opines:
The service's aircraft carriers no longer have a safe haven in coastal waters 200 nautical miles off shore. With rising threats to the carrier in the form of antiship cruise and ballistic missiles, those ships may be forced to stand off a significant distance more than 1,000 nautical miles from the enemy shoreline.
Do you agree that in the near future, carriers and their aircraft will find it prohibitive to attempt to strike inland targets?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.