Scimitar54 wrote:Well here is a slightly different tack to start you off again.
Is it felt that 2 x Type 45s and 2 Type 26s are really adequate for Escorting a QEC Carrier?
Of course they could (and probably should) be accompanied by an SSN as well.
Other Navies are currently planning significantly larger Air Defence "Escorts" that are more like Heavy Cruisers than Light Cruisers. Despite being of "Light Cruiser size, is the Type 45 compromised to some degree as an Air Defence "Escort" by the presence of a Hangar & Helicopter. Could the space occupied by the Hangar have been better utilised as a site for a a second VLS and possibly even a second Turret?
Sea-Viper may indeed be a very effective weapon, but can a T45 as currently configured carry anything like enough of them?
I think what we will see is our carriers going to sea with say something like 1 x Type 45 , 2 x Type 23/26 , 1 or 2 x NATO frigate as for a SSN will be said that a SSN could form part of the CSG and you will see pics of them with the group from time to time.
As for Type 45 as said before MBDA say on there site that CAMM can be quad packed in the Sylver system as fitted to T-45 so without anymore cells added T-45 could carry a load out of 32 CAMM and 40 Aster for a total of 72 missiles. Now if the UK were to go with EXLS across all its escorts Type 45 has extra space for 16 Mk-41 cells however if it was me I would try for 18 x EXLS in this space this could give type 45 a load out of 72 CAMM and 48 Aster for a total load out of 120 Missiles