JMCanada said:I would also like to talk about the Bell V-280 Valor, which could be developed, thanks to its long range and endurance, into a great AEW aircraft.
Might it work as well as an ASW unit, based on land to cover the Artic (for about half a year)? Could use both surface radar and a diping sonar in remote areas (up to 1000-1400 km) from their base.
Dolphin_Hunter said:The only choice for Arctic ASW is a SSN.
Underway said:Or not doing it. Personally, not doing it is the best option. What's an enemy sub going to do in the arctic aside from nuke us? And realistically SSBNs are a second strike capability, designed so the enemy can't take them out in a first strike. Even during the height of the the cold war the USSR generally kept their SSBN's in home arctic waters behind a layer of SSN's, SSK's and aircraft to protect them from NATO subs.
Nothing is better than nuclear for under-the-ice patrols. If non-nuclear AIP was as good, the Americans, the Russians, and the Brits would have switched by now to non-nuclear AIP. For under-the-ice patrols, underwater operation is going to be limited by the oxygen supply. A nuclear reactor can be used to dissociate seawater. In theory, non-nuclear AIP can be used for limited under-the-ice patrols. But I do not think any non-nuclear AIP submarine has made this attempt.Fred Herriot said:Would the Sôryû-class AIP type SSKs work just as good? Lot cheaper than nukes.
Underway said:What's an enemy sub going to do in the arctic aside from nuke us?
daftandbarmy said:In 'peacetime', make compelling territorial claims based on going there and planting flags on the sea floor?
Arktika 2007 (Russian: Российская полярная экспедиция "Арктика-2007") was a 2007 expedition in which Russia performed the first ever crewed descent to the ocean bottom at the North Pole, as part of research related to the 2001 Russian territorial claim, one of many territorial claims in the Arctic, made possible, in part, because of Arctic shrinkage. As well as dropping a titanium tube containing the Russian flag, the submersibles collected specimens of Arctic flora and fauna and apparently recorded video of the dives. The "North Pole-35" (abbreviated as "NP-35") manned drifting ice station was established.