bobp wrote:These tankers seem to be coming on well, it doesn't seem long since I heard the first steel was cut.
bobp wrote:I am assuming that these will be fitted for and not with Phalanx, as is the case with a lot of naval vessels these days. This begs another question exactly how many Phalanx systems does the RN have in storage ready to be used? Does it have enough to fit all of the current fleet?
Would the ISO containers hold some solid stores.
bobp wrote:Thanks for that information 36 Phalanx systems is a lot more than I imagined. As well as dry stores and I agree with you more space other than a few shipping containers would be needed, besides the tanker crew needs to eat. There is also the need for carriage of spare parts and ammunition for the guns, helicopter spares as well as crew for the guns and helicopter.......soon will need a dedicated dry stores ship.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Much has been made of the Phalanx upgrade making them more capable against surface targets
- one would think that is mainly an ammo question, but maybe the applicable round places a different stress on the gun/ the mount?
ArmChairCivvy wrote:Would that suggest that the smaller (but heavy) AHEAD fragments (preformed, fragment is the wrong word I guess) do not have enough stopping power against today's faster/ bigger/ heavier missiles? Not that it has made its way onto many vessels, but held a lot of promise at the time of its introduction.
marktigger wrote:wouldn't the better solution to go for a bigger calibre like 30mm. I know goal keeper wasn't popular because of deck penetration.
marktigger wrote:is there any reason why the Phalanx platform couldn't be upgraded to carry a 30mm gun?
Ron5 wrote:A couple of comments here imply that Phalanx has AHEAD technology. I don't think it does. Are you guys sure?
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