Lord Jim wrote:I think you will find that USN vessels by the end of WWII had far more AA than that. The final class of Battleships, the Iowas had 10 dual 5 inch DP guns, 20 Quadruple 40mm Bofors Guns and 49 single 20mm Oerlikons. Even their Light Cruisers by the end of the war had 6 dual 5 inch DP guns, 4 quadruple and 6 twin 40mm Bofors and 10 single 20mm Oerlikons. The 40mm was pretty effective against Kamikaze attacks especially in the quad mountings that were electrically powered and liked to fire directors controlling the fire of multiple turrets.
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Question what is the operational assessment of capabilities required for air defence including CIWS when under ship under saturation attack by aircraft and missiles, have seen no hint of any out current studies, RN has no unmanned ship with current systems, Artisan, CMS, Sea Ceptor, Phalanx, decoys, jamming that could be attacked simultaneously by numerous target drones, including the supersonic Coyote plus Typhoons firing Brimstone to test ships AAW effectiveness, think that scenario is just a pipe dream as no money.
Presume RN has been carrying out computer simulation of saturation attacks which are classified, so we are left with looking at actual battle field examples from WWII, Falklands and current Hamas attacks on Israel, etc to inform our own assessment of capabilities required for T31, otherwise as in Falklands and WWII ships get lost as Prince of Wales and Repulse. Raises the point what is the operational use of the T31 if it has to be protected by T45 and T23/26?