Accession Number : ADA141189

Title :   Aircraft Carriers in Soviet Naval Theory from 1960 to the Falklands War.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Petersen,C C

PDF Url : ADA141189

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The 23-year record of Soviet thinking about sea-based air power suggests that the Soviets decided to invest in CTOL aircraft carriers because they were unable to find ways in which the generation of V/STOL carriers they had designed in response to requirements of the 1960s could be themselves satisfy the radically redefined naval warfare imperatives of the 1970s. This remains true in the early 1980s, even though the Falklands crisis has persuaded the Soviets that V/STOLs can have a role--a limited one--in the battle for air superiority over the ocean. The requirement for a CTOL carrier stemmed directly from a change in Soviet views on command of the sea, command of the air, and fleet air defense; and indirectly from a perception that the war at sea--contrary to earlier expectations--would be protracted and closely contested.

Descriptors :   *Military doctrine, *Aircraft carriers, *Naval operations, USSR, History, Perception, Theory, Modification, Air power, Sea based

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE