donald_of_tokyo wrote:A corvette armament on a Frigate hull. Pretty consistent with its cost.donald_of_tokyo wrote:Agree, looks like 12 CAMM. Interesting.Repulse wrote:Looks like 12 SeaCeptor VLS tubes to me... the let down begins.
Not sure it is "critical" or not, but it does show how limited the resource is (with no surprise).
I will again propose to make first 2 of the 5 T31 to be without CAMM, while making the other 3 to be 24 CAMM equipped. As omitting the CAMM system as a whole in the first 2, this "2 with 0 and 3 with 24" split buy will be even cheaper than "12 each on all the 5 T31".
Actually, this idea follows the original BMT document of "efficient" escort building.
Basic idea is to
- forward deploy 2 of the 3 "24 CAMM" T31.
- keep active for training and FRE 2 of the 3 remaining T31 (2 "no CAMM" and 1 "24 CAMM"), around British water.
- One always at long maintenance.
The rotating crew training in British water will use the "no CAMM" T31, but train with CAMM simulator, so no problem. The 2 forward deployed T31 with 24 CAMM (enough CAMM) can join the task-force when needed.
Good point of this plan is to clarify, "T31 armament is not fully funded" to the audience. Lack of primary self-defense SAM will be catchy evidence for it. "No CAMM T31" can do Russian fleet escorting, all HADR tasks, and even visit South Atlantic nations. It is not good for NATO escort fleet, but may go join MCM fleet.
[ADD] So, it is virtually making "2 super Floreal-class surveillance Frigates" and "3 super LaFayette-class light frigates". The two "no CAMM version" will carry 2x 20mm CIWS in place as a requirement (ref T31e RFI), so it is well armed than Floreal. French Floreal-class has proven to be efficient and powerful asset in low threat area, a class of asset RN completely lacks. If the money saved by them is large enough, I can even imagine the latter three "24 CAMM version" be added with a hull sonar. It will be much more powerful than modified French LaFayette class.
I do really like this idea, but I could hear the headlines - NEW RN FRIGATES WITH NO MISSILES !!!
Would it work better the other way round, or the first 2 with 24 x CAMM then 1 x no CAMM, with then without?
I agree 12 x CAMM does seem low for a ship they want to potentially escort the carriers as well, maybe they are ear marking the saved space for some MK 41 VLS at a future date like on the T45....