Please... learn.. about U.S. Supercarriers and how they work before responding. -______________-
A Supercarrier is not a Battleship. A battleship is a classification of ship. And "an article" wouldn't have much information on what this would be mounted on anyway.
Not to mention I already quoted that THE NEW DDG/LITTORALS ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO USE FEL. NO OTHER SHIP IS AT THIS POINT DESIGNED TO HAVE THE CAPACITOR BANKS / POWER SUPPLY TO USE THESE IN A GIVEN COMBAT SCENARIO.
Having said that:
Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp;12527984
US carriers use ESSMs, or at least they used to and are now using SM-2s; fairly sure a good portion still use ESSMs. Admiral Kuznetsov employs the SA-N-9 "Gauntlet", and uses 4 clusters of vertical launch tubes rather than turrets like US carriers. Both are relatively long range missiles, though neither is as capable as the SM-3 that some of our cruisers now use (capable of sub-orbital ballistic interception).
U.S. Carriers do not use an SM-2.
The ESSM is not standard.
And either way, even assuming the Carrier FOR WHATEVER reason had the systems installed, say, as a prototype or etc. 2 or 4 missiles does not constitute an ability to defend oneself. At all.
I honestly don't know much about Russian carriers other than that they are rusting in their docks and they were much more heavily armed and armored the the United States equivilants, so I won't ague that.
Though I would note that the SM-3 is not capable, per standard, of anti-satellite missions. That single missile was specifically programmed for that specific mission.
Originally Posted by Sistum Id;12528169
Mount it on a carrier? I don't see why not.
Because that's not the job of a carrier, and it does not have the systems required to power an FEL.
Usually the President sends an aircraft carrier with-in striking range to a country that is behaving bad. Slap on a big bad laser and let the enemy know about it, the enemy may think twice about getting crazy.
The Carrier does not need an FEL to do that. Besides, being a laser, it would not be able to reach anything of significance compared to the jets on-board.
Also in the article, on the left, it says battleships of the future will be equipped with that laser. Battleships equal aircraft carrier. So, I think it's safe to say aircraft carriers could get this super laser.
Battleships, in this day and age, refer to Cruisers and Destroyers, such as the Ticonderoga.