shark bait wrote:How are you going to strap a few hard ass marines on a UAV to go a kick terrorist ass?
That role needs a helicopter that can move people, and preferably that old version of wildcat that has a big gun in the back!
Using Wildcat to a terrorits who may have MANPADS is not a good idea. You are thinking of very low level of threat, I'm afraid. Rather, anti-smuggler?
The size difference makes it no more or less of a target, the River class is hardly a small stealthy vessel, neither is the Bay class, no difference. ISIS claim hits on smaller Egyptian naval craft, likewise Houthi rebels claim hits on a UAE ship a similar size to the river. Its an easy target regardless.
Do not agree. Size matters a lot, not "regardless".
- For a simple ASM, radar cross section of Bay will be 5-10 times larger than that of River B2. Easy target.
- For an RPG, line-of-sight cross section will be 4-5 times larger. Easy target.
- For a fast boat, Bay as a sitting duck is much easier target than River B2 which is much more agile than Bay.
I am not saying, River B2 with CIWS can replace Bay. I am saying they will be sent to different theater. Bay is more anti-smuggler/HADR, and armed-River will be more Red-sea/Holms-strait.
2 Phalanx CIWS on a River? It reminds me of an old joke: How to double the value of your Yugo 45? By installing the radio in it.
If I were proposing "up armed River can cover GP frigate tasks", it is bulshit, I agree. I am saying, "what if we have a cut?"; RN only will have 6 T45 and 8 T26 and nothing else. This cut is a clear and present danger, 30% probability or even higher.
Even so, the idea might be not good. In that case, RN shall just simple abandon most of the standing tasks. Simple.