Aircraft Carriers in Soviet Naval Theory from 1960 to the Falklands War.
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP
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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 VSTOL 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 VSTOLs 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.
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