Lord Jim wrote:The only real hope for the RN to increase the numbers of true escorts it operates is if the T-4X programme produces more than just 6 platforms and that they are more multirole than pure AAW platforms. Say stretch the T-26 a little bit and install four Strike length and two standard length MK41s forward together with w 57mm, and then have a further two standard length Mk41s amidships, where the "Mushrooms" are at present. That would give the ship 64 silos for any combination of missiles. Wishful thinking but an evolution of the T-26 may keep costs down as opposed to a brand new design. The US has had the right idea, sticking to and evolving the ABs to their maximum potential,

This is the only way to go in real terms and what is really needed now is away a head on weapon's fit so something like all escorts from Type-26 forward should have a standard fit like

Mk-41 VLS ( Base line 16 cells working up wards )

5" main gun

40mm with 3P

Phalanx

Stabilized mount with GAU-19 + 4 LMM fitted (

**I will call it a Lite arms Mount or LAM**)

CAMM

I-SSGW / F-SSGW

Future long range Anti air missile (

**I will call it FLRAAM**)

This could allow different class to be fitted for task like so

Type 26 ) 1 x 5" gun , 2 x 40mm , 2 x Phalanx , 2 x LAM's , 8 x I-SSGW , 48 cell Mk-41 with 32 CAMM , 16 FLRAAM , plus 24 cells fitted for task

Type- 31) 1 x 5" gun , 2 x 40mm , 2 x LAM's , 4 x I-SSGW , 16 cell Mk-41 with 32 CAMM and 8 cells as tasked

Type 4X ) 1 x 5" gun , 2 x 40mm , 2 x Phalanx , 2 x LAM's , 8 x I-SSGW , 64 cell Mk-41 with 64 CAMM , 40 FLRAAM , plus 8 cells as tasked

B2 River ) 1 x 40mm , 2x LAM's