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#1 thereby joins an elite club of nations having submarines capable of deploying nuclear weapons.
Yes, but is it capable of having an equal number of submergences and surfaces? that is the real question.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-04-05 00:18||
#2 Normally, extended warranties are a sucker's game, but in this case, might be justified.
But why are the Indians buying Rooski boats? Can't they get real ones somewhere? I know they have a history of buying commie stuff, but they also have an indigenous (and growing) arms industry.
Indian subs would seem a nice counterweight to the Chinee mil expansion.
Posted by SteveS 2012-04-05 00:40||
#3 There are only 5 major producers of nuclear submarines in the world: US, UK, France, Russia, and China. No way in hell would I get on a Chinese nuke boat, and the Chinese are not going to sell one to the Indians. US, UK, and France all have major socialist groups that are trying to get rid of their nuke boats at home. The Russians have poor quality control but they are willing to sell or lease the boat to the Indians. Nuke surface vessels are a bitch to get right, let alone reducing the size of the power plant to fit inside a submarine.
Posted by Shieldwolf 2012-04-05 01:22||
#4 But why are the Indians buying Rooski boats?
Because only an idiot, or somebody who has no choice, sticks with a single arms supplier.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-04-05 05:49||
#5 Because only an idiot, or somebody who has no choice, sticks with a single arms supplier.
Evidence Exhibit A: Please examine the wide diversity of Naval Tactical Airpower on any CV.
( Hint: it looks like a lawn dart)
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-04-05 22:51||
#6 ( Hint: it looks like a lawn dart)
But the Name Which Must Not Be Spoken is the Swiss Army Knife of airplanes. It replaces Intruders, Tomcats, Prowlers and a pair of them can serve the tanker role, much like a pair of African swallows can carry a coconut between them with a strand of creeper. Heck, the NWMNBS even replaces the venerable Hornet!
Posted by SteveS 2012-04-05 23:27||
#7 SteveS; you forgot the original platform that was the rational for the NWMNBS: the A-7 Corsair.
not sure i wanna see a drop tank suspended between a pair of Swallows, African or otherwise.... :)
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-04-05 23:51||