katt wrote:TBMs on airbases is day 1 hour 1.
Harrier wouldn't have survived past day 2 because it still needs the infrastructure of an airbase to support itself, including paved landing area and prepared strip for rolling takeoff. At that point just use A-10s or something.
VTOL has always been a bit of a joke, much like low-level penetration.
not necessarily, the weird thing about cold-war-gone-hot scenarios is that they always escalate from a minor conflict of some sort into a full scale tac-nuke scenario, followed quickly by the red ICBM button.
EE had some rather plausible scenarios of this type, including the first campaign that is basically a minor border skirmish escalating almost to the point of full scale mechanized war with tactical nukes and everything else attendant, dropping TBM's on airfields is a no-brainer though, and i should have written as "received a TBM, or be scheduled for one"
yet that's the real strength of the concept behind Viggens, Gripens and Harriers, the ability to operate off minimal support on impromptu fields, when you can stuff the majority of the support structure into a couple of trucks and service where-ever the plane can put down you have a viable weapon system even after the major airforce bases are gone.
oh sure, it's not great, but in the land of no airfields, the harrier rules supreme.