Assume you are a technologically advanced nation, at the level of modern day Germany, Japan, or China. You want to mission-kill a Nimitz class supercarrier refitted recently. The time of the attack is December 2013, and you had 5 years to develop the technology. A kill counts if the carrier will require at least 6 months of heavy repair work before it can be used to launch aircraft. (it doesn’t have to sink)
The carrier has it’s usual escort fleet accompanying it.
What weapon system should you develop to mission-kill the carrier for the lowest possible monetary cost? Note that this prohibits the use of nuclear weapons, as you cannot afford to replace your whole country if it gets glassed.
To get started : the most obvious attack would be to launch an overwhelming number of low flying anti-ship missiles at the carrier. How do you get your attack aircraft into range? (do you have to develop stealth aircraft technology?) How many missiles would it take? Apparently, there are approximately 44 RAM interceptors, as well as several CWIS mounts. Would 45 incoming missiles be enough for one to get through? How much damage would one actually do to a supercarrier?