A CBGs surface ASW is completely independent of the presence of a friendly SSN.
"Surface" ASW is a new concept for me so I'll need some educating. Especially since the bulk of the fixed wing "airborne" ASW (closely co-ordinated with surface ships) is also currently not organic to an Indian CBG.
anand_sankar wrote:The SSN is the outer ring and the pointed edge. It will 'sanitise' the area ahead while the surface ASW watches close and the 'six o clock'. The combat radius of the CBG air wing is ~850 kms. The SSN will keep at least 300 kms forward of the CBG.
When reading off the USN playbook also note that:
a) They typically have 2 SSNs assigned to a CBG/CSG to do that, apart from other subs that may be in the area.
b) They have access to a range of other USW surveillance systems like SOSUS, so that they don't just send out these subs "300 kms" ahead all over the place.
c) There are quite a few LRMP assets around as well "cueing" these subs
anand_sankar wrote:Diesel sub skippers are meant to be slippery operators, but would think very, very hard before messing with a SSN presence in blue waters. Life for a diesel sub will be very short if detected.
Really? Don't confuse an SSN's endurance with some all-encompassing superpower ability. Google HMAS Sheehan and USS Olympia, or do visit some of the hardcore sub enthusiast forums to see how diesel subs "consistently" have the beating of their nuke counterparts in NATO and other exercises.
Everyone gets how important an SSN capability is to us. Let's just keep it in perspective.