The only advantage to operating off the aircraft carrier is the practice.
More precisely the advantage to operating of the carrier is experience at operating from a carrier... there is no point practising from a land base using things they can't do or use from the carrier.
The disadvantage is the reduced lift off ability.
That is only a paper disadvantage. From the long spot they can take off with full fuel and standard weapon load easily... they were supposed to be able to take off with Moskit under the belly position.... a 4.5 ton supersonic anti ship missile from the long take off position...
When testing they have been carrying two 500kg dumb bombs and a couple of AAMs... they could do that from any launch position.
The Zumwalt was basically cancelled and those three entering service have reduced capabilities from the get go.
So the super uber stealthy robot cruiser is a failure and a white elephant and you have the balls to complain about the K?
The future of the USN will be AB for the next couple of decades, there's 11 Flight IIs and 3 Flight IIIs on the pipeline right now. And they plan for up to 24 Flight IIIs well into the mids 20s. Let those numbers sink in for a moment.
Yeah... old shit warmed over for the next 50 years... probably just as well as that will likely be all they can afford...
Zumwalt will fit a niche.
Yeah... that is French for white elephant right?
Yet the joke is, for most of you idiots, is that planes have had used those cables for years and this isn't the first time planes are taking off and landing on the Kuznetsov. Something that has normally worked went wrong. Too bad. Lost a perfectly good MiG. Too bad. But they will have to fix the issue, no choice now.
The issue is not a broken cable. Cables break through normal use... the energy of stopping a 20+ ton aircraft in 20-30m is enormous and brutal. Each cable is rated for x number of landings and then it is replaced. They are easy to replace and get replaced often. The problem wont be a cable but the geared mechanism it is connected to that actually absorbs the energy of the landing.
In this case changing the cable wont make a difference as they are all connected to the same energy absorbing mechanism and if it is not working properly to absorb the strain then the cable will snap every time.
It is not a simple change.
Personally I think the best solution overall is to put the new nuclear reactors they are developing for their new generation carriers and also fitted to some new icebreakers.
It will offer a huge step increase in performance for the K and fix quite a few issues in her current state, while also allow for the installation of a basic EM cat to perhaps allow the use of a heavier AEW aircraft and perhaps tanker aircraft to be used. Electric propulsion could allow pod propulsion to be tried to get rid of the enormous shafts and all the space they take up internally.
I would also take out the Granit and replace them with 4 or 5 UKSK launchers for all weather supersonic anti ship capability and land attack capability and anti sub use.
Will cost a bit of money, but without such upgrades it would be less useful in the future. Combine the added usefulness in terms of experience with cats and NPP and of course it adds a useful carrier to the fleet much quicker than any of the new designs could possibly reach service...