Singha wrote:i have a basic question - why do we need SLBMs to deter Cheen? would not a fleet of 100 road mobile A5 and follow ons be enough , backed by a good IRBM inventory? russia for instance puts great store by its land based fleet incl mobile, train and even the fixed SS18/Sarmat. these will be far cheaper as we pay for the missile and a truck, not a huge submarine to cart the missiles around. I could drive that TELAR, read the instruction manual and fire that thing off with a week of training
My understanding is that deterrence relies on you not firing the missile, rather than firing it. The threat that your enemy has something underhand, hidden from plain view, and capable of annihilating you is what makes deterrence work. It is an elaborate game of bluff and submarines are the most effective at stealth and deception, not a bunch of TELs which can be monitored from satellites and easily liquidated with some missiles.