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Old 10-06-2017, 01:33 PM   #49
Fred Brackin
 
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Default Re: [Ultra-Tech] What would naval warfare at TL10 look like?

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Originally Posted by Daigoro View Post
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

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You missed one. Long range air defense. Carrier-launched interceptors can reach a long way over the horizon and other surface ships are highly vulnerable to sea skimming attacks when limited to their own sea level air defenses.
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