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Land-based, Aerial Refuelled Wins

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Author: Air Mshl Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)

The US Department of Defence (DoD) is conscious that the effect of a single Chinese cruise missile hitting a US carrier, even if it did not sink, would be politically and psychologically catastrophic. Same will be true for India. It is clear that aircraft carriers may not be the most effective way to exert control over the oceans. Long-range aircraft with added aerial refueling can reduce the need for a floating base.

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