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Subject: New Light Fleet Carriers for the RAN
Volkodav    9/12/2008 10:05:52 PM
India and China are both aiming to build substantial USN challenging carrier centric blue water navies over the coming decades. The USN is working to intoduce carrier based UCAV's into service as soon as possible. Would a new generation CVL with EM cats and arrestor gear combined with many of the invative features of the evolved CV21 follow on's, equiped with a mix of surveilence and attack UCAVs and perhaps a single 10-12 aircraft sqn of F-35C's, be an option for the RAN post 2030? I have some ideas of what would work but am interested in the ideas of others.
 
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Arty Farty       9/13/2008 3:13:26 AM
India & China, that's a lot of ocean to cover.
 
Answer as always, comes back to resources. Using the Royal Navy as an example, in choosing to operate 2 CVFs, have had to make severe cutbacks to their overall blue water fleet (ie. frigates and destroyers).
 
I'm in favor of the submarine and a chain of  airbases/allies route. Any carrier or gator navy-like capability is incidental.

 
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Volkodav       9/14/2008 3:44:51 AM
Submarines and aircraft are sea denial not control weapons.
 
If you desire to protect your trade routes, support allies and smaller regional nations, fight sea borne terrorism and piracy you need surface forces with organic airpower.
 
State of the art submarine and airforces are the best bang for your buck against a larger, stronger conventional opponent but surface ships and in particular aircraft carriers are the most flexible indeed even the best option for everything else from disaster relief, to trade route protection, to opposed military intervention.
 
You use the sea denial potential of your subs and land based strike aircraft to take out or protect your fleet from the big threats and then dominate everything else with surface forces with your organic naval airpower providing overwatch through constant surveillance and local air supremacy.
 
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DropBear       9/14/2008 5:13:18 AM
 
Hmmm, protect our trade routes, eh?
 
Maybe we could buy up all the old B-52D's and KC-135A/E's still lying at AMARC.
 
Fly them down purple routes that mirror every major important sea lane route of commerce between Oz and the enlightened world and then blow some of this 13th biggest mil-budget keeping them aloft on maritime patrol.
 
I may be onto something here... 
 
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Volkodav       9/14/2008 6:05:32 AM

 

Hmmm, protect our trade routes, eh?

 

Maybe we could buy up all the old B-52D's and KC-135A/E's still lying at AMARC.

 

Fly them down purple routes that mirror every major important sea lane route of commerce between Oz and the enlightened world and then blow some of this 13th biggest mil-budget keeping them aloft on maritime patrol.

 

I may be onto something here... 


The USAF planned something similar in the 80's.  Loading the Buffs with as many Harpoons as they could carry and sending them of to sink every maritime target the satellites could find.
UCAV's are the way of the future and what better place to base them than a CVL or even better a modern day Armoured Fleet Carrier.
 
Say something 250 to 275m length 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes, an area air defence system with ABM capability with an airgroup consisting of LR armed MP roled UAV's, stealthy attack UCAV's and a small number of F-35C for targets where discrimination was paramount and AD.  ASW could be conducted by a UAV helo with a dipping sonar together with other sensors and maybe a a Torpedo or two, backed up by a few asw/asvw manned platforms with a secondary SAR role.
 
Imagine the CVL as a node, or mother ship, for UUV's, UAV's and UCAV's with an AWD's firepower.  It would be escorted by a number of minimum manned FFG's (50 crew) loaded with SM6, ESSM, RAM, Harpoon, VL ASROC and Tomahawks (or their replacements) in massive VLS batteries.
 
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DropBear       9/14/2008 11:05:29 PM
The USAF planned something similar in the 80's.  Loading the Buffs with as many Harpoons as they could carry and sending them of to sink every maritime target the satellites could find.
 
Yeah, just finished reading a really good book on the history of SAC. Amazing all the different roles they used the BUFF in and still do!
 
 
 
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Volkodav       9/15/2008 6:55:47 AM
Yeah, just finished reading a really good book on the history of SAC. Amazing all the different roles they used the BUFF in and still do!
 
I suppose the key is that they are big and they are also warplanes rather than converted airliners.
 
The Victor is another bomber from that time that proved to be very versitile, perhaps too much so resulting in its combat career being cut short because it was needed as a tanker.  Just imagine a maritime strike Victor.
 
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Volkodav    And i thought i was being so clever and original!   9/15/2008 6:59:06 AM

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Now if it was bigger and had a through deck design with EM cats and arrester gear......you get the picture?
 
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gf0012-aust       9/15/2008 7:03:45 AM
It's a 21st Cent version of the Moskva - same bloke - different haircut. :)
 
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Volkodav       9/15/2008 8:14:28 AM
It's a 21st Cent version of the Moskva - same bloke - different haircut. :)
 
That is but I want a through deck.  Same principle though it is a mothership for UCAV's.
 
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gf0012-aust       9/15/2008 5:36:29 PM

That is but I want a through deck.  Same principle though it is a mothership for UCAV's.

it would be ideal for LHA's and small pretend carriers in the UAV rotory ASW role.
 
eg Yamaha RMAX, Sea Eagles, Firefly's etc....  
 
The docking well would be ideal for the new long range UUV's
 
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