Ron5 wrote:Won't the FTI's cost about $800 million each?
How much of the total cost is due to the FTI's AAW capability with the 16x ASTER 15/30 as opposed to the KingKlip and CAPTAS 4 Compact? If the ASTER was dropped for Mica, the price would probably reduce considerably. Perhaps a more even comparison with the T31 and CAMM?
I understand, many of the FTI cost resides on;
- completely new hull form,
- designed with brand new radar system,
- coupled with ASTER-30 based long-range AAW system
- added with CAPTAS4CI based ASW system (with modest hull sonar).
On the contrary, Arrowhead 140 as T31 is
- as mush as reused exiting hull design
- with basic 3D radar system (it is new, but designed as its infamous SMART-S Mk.2's replacement)
- with CAMM-based local-area/self-defense AAW system
- with no ASW capability
shark bait wrote:The Navy would have a very hard time turning arrowhead into a passive deep-sea sub hunter, and what would be the point? that is what the T26 is for.
In that case, what is the point of the FTI?
CODAD normal-noise hull, added with CAPTAS-4 CI is a new idea. CAPTAS-4CI has much shorter TASS than CAPTAS-4, while has the same VDS pinger.
it means CAPTAS-4CI is much more oriented on active ASW, and not much on passive. FTI normal hull also emphasis this approach.
A 2nd-tier ASW escort concept itself is not new = common world-wide. Good examples are, Dutch M-class frigate (some are now added with LFAS), Norwayian Nansen-class frigates (with CAPTAS-2) and German F123-class frigates (also some with LFAS). I think FTI is looking at that position. Not brilliant in ASW, but non-negligible, I guess.