Manish_P wrote:Philip wrote:Russian Blackjack strategic bombers just visited S.Africa.They carry an equal statement of any carrier showing the flag. ...
A very strong message no doubt but not equal to a carrier task force, Philip sir.
One- a carrier task force does not need a host country to base it. It can loiter in international waters as close as possible to the target area. Second, it is more difficult to hit than an airbase, especially by non-state actors. And third it has that deadly hidden second-strike element - the sub (typically nuclear powered).
You have seen how both the US and Soviet/Russian forces have used both elements
There is indeed a case for both. The immense indian landmass projecting itself into the Indian Ocean and the andaman and lakshadweep islands are literally unsinkable aircraft carriers from where very significant force projection can be done , Sea denial is thus india s strong ability and a powerful sub arm will keep the IOR off limits to any adversary.The navy's admission of the anti shipping ability of Brahmos equipped sukhois being able to sanitise the entire IOR and littoral regions is a case in point. The brahmos missile itself excels in the anti shipping role and a few of them can bring down any ship.
Having said that all this power does not equate to force projection the way a aircraft carrier fleet can do. It's just the mightiest force projection on earth , the weapons and capability second to none.