Aditya G wrote:A nuclear Vishal will be constrained by the range of her conventionally powered escorts. Or, you will have to deploy 3X times escorts - one on station, one returning and another on the way. Thus, dramatically increasing the cost and effectively blocking off the fleet.
There is such a thing as fleet tankers.
It is a major force multiplier in sustaining the navy's blue water operations. It can increase the range of a naval task force without tanker support from seven days and 2400 nautical miles to 50 days and 16,800 nautical miles.
The ship can carry 28,000 tons at full load, consisting of fuel diesel, aviation fuels, oils, and water of different grades. The fresh water carried for use in steam turbines is of much higher grade than drinking water.
Jyoti has two replenishment positions on each side, with the option of stern refueling and can replenish three ships simultaneously. It can refuel at the rate of 300 tonnes per hour.
A numerically larger force of smaller Vikrant class carriers can be present at multiple locations and ensure sea control of IOR and approaches to the indo china sea. Even with a fleet of nuclear powered Vishaals we cannot achieve sea control there.
Every theory about the use of force asks you to concentrate your forces. When you want to attack some one, you form a fist.. you dont poke the other person with your fingers at 'multiple locations'.
It cannot be stressed enough, that land based air power is our trump card in IOR. A large force of LRMPs, AEWs, IFRs, Herons, Su-30s with Brahmos will give our fleet a protective umbrella that will be difficult to challenge for any adversary.
What if the Chinese use fleet tankers and approach from a different axis?