Originally Posted by xJumper
Lol a Carrier isn't armed? Just because you don't see big guns sticking out the sides doesn't mean anything. A single carrier could invade a small country. They have all the anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, etc, capabilities they need.
This is a nice invention but won't bring anything new to the battlefield for quite some time. This is exactly what some soldiers describe as lack of funding. Huge amounts of money go into R&D for these types of weapons yet our service rifle and personal body armor need to be updated.
A carrier is "armed" with:
16â€“24 Ã— Sea Sparrow or NATO Sea Sparrow missiles
3 or 4 Ã— Phalanx CIWSs or RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles.
Both of which are missile and short-range ship defense systems.
Unless you think a bunch of planes are going to "invade" a small country. Very few of which have any anti-ship or anti-sub capabilities. Hence the point of it having a CBG.
Not to mention that its "armor" is kevlar over vital areas. Not exactly Neutronium plating.
And, aside from that this is a completely different branch of the military from the "grunts", in the context of the United States military, what is more important?
Having incremental improvements with an enormous implementation cost (one for every soldier, etc.) or the ability to police countries. You give a few hundred thousand guys a new gun, whooptie.
You point the Fifth Fleet somewhere, people stop fighting and start listening.