Do you REALLY think it is as easy to move 1000 tons of starship a few degrees as it is to move a turret the same distance. If you answer yes go back to school.
You can tell where a turret is aimed yes. However when you have 20 turrets boxing you in you CANNOT account for all of them
Science says you're wrong. Weaker guns will certainly work.And good luck shooting down a fighter with a 10 square foot turret. Oh wait... it can't. It's too small in comparison. A 10 square foot turret might be able to shoot down missiles... but not fighters. That 400-square foot turret is built with guns heavy enough to take down space fighters. Weaker guns won't work, when the fighter is built to sustain damage from guns that require a turret of that size. Unless your fighters use suck-tech. You can use suck-tech if you want, I'll use sci-fi tech in a sci-fi universe.
And the moment you handwave it away with "i'll use scifi tech in a scifi universe" the entire point of your discussion vanishes anyway and we're back to it's not even remotely realistic. (In fact, the moment you have manned space fighters you're back in the realm of very soft scifi.)
Yes. Armour is pretty easy to understand and you're failing at it miserably. This is space we're talking about, any munitions fired will inherit the firing ships velocity + adding the amount the weapon does to throw it. If Ship X is going at .1 Lightspeed and fires a projectile a 1 Kilometre per second (A very low estimate) that bullet won't be going 1 kilometre per second. It would be going 29980.2458 Kilometres per second. If you are on a closing course with the ship that shot at you then you ALSO add YOUR closing velocity to the kinetic rounds.Armor is pretty easy to understand. It prevents damage up to a certain extent. Enough force will pierce it. But a million 7.62mm rounds will never pierce tank armor. A single gun with the firepower of a million 7.62mm round will destroy it in one shot. There's a reason people don't shoot AK-47s at tanks, but shoot anti-tank guns at them instead.
And you have failed to do so completely. Not only have to failed to do so you've completely failed to understand WHY. If you build your ship to "withstand 6 million cubic feet of heavy weapons" then you've armoured it so much that it WILL be slower than a ship that has not, it will be incapable of accelerating the same, its turning speed will be negatively effected it ALREADY will never be capable of bringing its main guns to bear on a target and all an enemy has to do to "defeat" you is speed up and throw a pebble out of the airlock.I've provided mathematical examples that prove that the amount of weapons mounted on turrets are limited by an inverse-square cube law of surface area, while the size of internally-mounted weapons are limited only by the volume of the ship. When I build my ships to withstand 6 million cubic feet of heavy weapons, an equal-sized ship with nothing but turrets will never, ever be able to damage it with said turrets. Ever.
No I don't see you as soft or hard. I see you as someone trying to reconcile the two and failing, not because of any mental shortcomings but because of the main problem people have.I've noticed a problem with high sci-fi people is that they see in black and white. "If it's not hard, it's soft." Wrong.
Soft sci-fi people often see in black and white too. "If it's not soft, it's hard." Also wrong.
Soft people call me hard, hard people call me soft. You know what? There's a middle ground. There always is.
Trying to use in-atmosphere solutions to space problems.
A "real" space war would be so radically different from any warfare humanity has ever employed that not one of our Generals, Admirals etc would be any good.
Air Force would try and use them the same way they do atmospheric fighters which wouldn't work.
Navy would try and use them the same way they do submarines which wouldn't work.
Army would be "fuck this shit get me a beer I didn't sign up for this shit."
OH yes. And Foster brings up one issue I DID forget to mention. The probability and likelyhood of weapons where armour means absolutely and literally nothing.
X-Ray and Gamma Ray laser weapons and warheads for one.