Singha wrote:Sure. But still, that means soothing videos of lines of f16 and f15 doing mass takeoff is not on the program list.
As for the harriers just a pinprick in the grand scope of things. They would be easily targeted by roving interceptors like mig23mf
There would have been runway damage on both sides, and both sides would be frantically looking at the fastest RRR-protocol possible. You have advanced early warning, shelters, and rapid runway repair capability. You also have the ability to detect an incoming attack and launch aircraft to protect them. There was always a percentage of grounded fighter or strike aircraft built into the equation on both sides. Not only was it common sense (just as you picked it up on a forum ) but a matter of scientific research into calculating losses or expected losses over X days and then planning your fleets and options accordingly. Take-off and landing requirements were built into programs with sortie generation rates under RRR scenarios in mind. For the ATF for example they had it down to the number of craters repaired per hour and landing distances. While the capability vanished on the ATF post the cold war they were willing to use up significant weight, size and cost on that fighter to have that flexibility i.e 2000 feet instead of 3000 feet runway.