- Jun 3, 2011
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A sub can sit out there for weeks at a time undetected. Also, if you're using the B-52, you have to USE the B-52. Maybe you want it for other things.I'd argue that if your air launched missile has a 2000km range, no one is going to see it coming anyway. What is the functional difference between a B-52 or a sub launching a cruise missile a couple hundred miles off the coast of a country like Russia or China?Because people can see a bomber coming but not a sub. Therefore less reaction time. I think sub-sonic cruise missiles are a relatively poor delivery mechanism in the modern age anyway. Hypersonic weapons are the way forward.But the sub launched missile isn't any more stealthy than the air launched missile, so again I'm not seeing the benefit. Why not just buy more air launched missiles instead?