whitelancer wrote:Looks nice enough but not much in the way of offensive capability.
I agree some of the 5 T31e shall better be equipped with NSM. But, that will be enough.
With 24 CAMM, T31 can already contribute to escorting CVTF or RFA fleet. In this case, T31 do not need any offensive capability. If deployed in singleton, they are not fighting a full war, but confronting a quasi-war in many cases. Thus, 99% of their task is better handled with "sniper" type weapon. Wildcat with SeaVenom, or a few NSMs is good enough.
Tempest414 wrote:Looking at the images above is the hangar taller than before maybe Merlin capable ?
l also though the same, but at least the hangar entrance looks similar. Rather, the funnel become larger, which may
indicate the length of the hangar be elongated.
On the other hand, I think a "Merlin capable hangar" is also only in the regime of "better to have". When escorting CVTF, no need. CV herself carries 13-14 of it. RFA logistic fleet has Merlin capable hangar (just T31e "better to have"). For export, no user needs Merlin capable hangar (almost zero needs).
If there are any money to add any offensive weapons or Merlin capable hangar, I would rather insist ExLS to replace the mushrooms. 6-cells of ExLS for 24 CAMM is enough. But, the huge "future growth margin" it shows is of great importance for export market, as well as RN future improvement plan.