Crabman said:upallroundlook said:Gents, Tomohawk is all very well but it ain't ballistic which means it can be shot down plus it has nowhere near the range of a D5 which severely limits a boat's oparea which, in turn, increases it probability of being counter-detected. I agree with an earlier dit that we have no idea what the world will be like in 20-30 years thus having a capability that both keeps us at the Big Boys top table and looks after our interests is not such a bad idea. Keep SSNs doing what they do best ie getting stuck in and SSBNs doing what they do best ie run away and remain undetected - not always as easy as people think.
Just because Tomahawk is non ballistic does not mean that it can be shot down. Whilst not impossible, a cruise missile is in relation to any manned aircraft very small, it is also very fast, and really gets down into the weeds, therefore making defence measures difficult perhaps even extremely difficult. Granted it does not have the range of an ICBM, but I assume it is a lot cheaper meaning more bang for your buck/â‚¬/pound etc.
But it CAN be shot down whilst in flight. How much of a deterrent is a deterrent that CAN be neutralised before it reaches its intended target? Its limited range also means you require more boats to cover the same area that one SSBN can cover. Does two or three SSNs come in at a lower cost than one SSBN?