Tempest414 wrote:We have seen the Thai B2 design fitted with 76mm and decoys plus a mock up of the second Thai navy B2 with anti-ship missiles so it is doable but why the RN would want to go that far is the question that grabbing me . We have talked in past about what could be done with a B2 and what could fitted and the list is long but this is a little mad.
We have all been slamming BAE and the MOD about the cost of the River B2's but could the hulls have been built to a corvette standard ? sound unlikely
IMO if an upgrade is wanted then it has to be sensible these are still only OPVs after all. I’d go for something like 3 x 30mm fitted with LLM then 2 large ISOs one either side of the funnel/crane, one to house and maintain a rotary UAV the other as a control room.
I think anything really more than this would just be asking for them to be put in situations they shouldn’t be and a waste of money.
I do believe the hull build standard is meant to be on the very upper limit of an OPV so I wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s knocking on the door of a covert build standard.
We could of got more if they were planed for, for the cost we could of got 4-5 true global OPVs / patrol vessels with hangers and the lot, but it wasn’t about the cost and more to do with the last minuet rush as for some reason the RN kept thinking right until the last minuet that the T26 design would be done on time.