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August 06, 2016

Are Aircraft Carriers Going The Way Of The Buggy Whip? [CBD]

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I make no claim to any expertise, other than as an interested observer. But this article makes some interesting points, not least of which is that the F-35 is a bit....expensive. Aircraft Carriers Could Be Obsolete in the 2030s Even With F-35s

"Always remember  -- the carrier doesn't care what it launches and recovers. It is just a floating airport. The air wing is the key. Get the air wing wrong  -- or continue to  -- and yes, the CVN investment makes less sense."

While many within senior Navy leadership know and understand the problem  -- the protracted and expensive development of the Lockheed Martin F-35 has left the Navy gun-shy.

The suggestion that the future may lie with long-range unmanned strike aircraft is interesting. We certainly have the technology, but do we have the flexibility, in both budgeting and strategic vision? I doubt it, but again, I have no expertise. But it's an interesting article with some good photos.....


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