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Old 10-06-2017, 12:03 PM   #48
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Default Re: [Ultra-Tech] What would naval warfare at TL10 look like?

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Originally Posted by Ulzgoroth View Post
Honestly the best I'm coming up with is that the carrier is primarily a floating spaceport...
There's an argument that carriers could be obsolete by TL10. To an approximation, they serve two functions:

a) Refuelling base for relatively short-range strike aircraft
b) Launch pad for strike aircraft to reach a target in a timely manner

But TL10 aircraft could easily have global range on a single fuel tank, and enough speed to reach anywhere in the world within an hour or so, so they'd just fly strike missions directly from ground bases in their home country.

A carrier's role might then evolve to the above-mentioned drone dispenser, but I wouldn't call that a carrier anymore.
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