I was re-watching the Battlestar Galactica (1978) and have a question. In the episode "Fire in Space" the Cylons go right into the landing bay and cause a fire. Why don't the battlestars have guns to protect the landing bays? Not sure it ever happened in the 2004 series: a Cylon causing damage to the landing bays.

  • Present-day aircraft carriers have guns such as Phalanx to defend against missile attacks on the ship but none have defences against an enemy aircraft landing on the deck specifically
    – Gaius
    Apr 14, 2020 at 12:41
  • There are a number (500+) of point defence turrets on a Battlestar, similar to the Phalanx system mentioned by @Gaius, you could say that these perform the function your question concerns, although, as stated, stopping an actual enemy entry to the landing bay is probably not possible.
    – Alith
    Apr 17, 2020 at 0:13

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If you watch closely, you can see nearby guns firing at the approaching cylon raider, however they miss. Similar to flak in ww2.

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    – fez
    Feb 13 at 7:25

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