wargame_insomniac wrote: ↑14 Jan 2022, 22:43
Which missiles require Mk 56 VLS? To save topweight and / or depth of space could always put Mk41 VLS instead.
ESSM (RIM-62). Though the MK.56 is restricted by the need to accommodate a 'hot launch' missile, unlike CAMM which uses compressed gas. As you can see below, the exhausts take up a considerable amount of the system:
The Danish navy uses StanFlex modules of varying sizes (for gun turrets, MK.41, Harpoon and Mk.56). I've seen suggestions that the Iver Huidtfelds can take up to 48 ESSM, which I presume would require swapping out the two Harpoon deck launchers for two more MK.56 VLS.
As SW1 notes above, Babcock have stated that the 'B' turret on Arrowhead 'can' be swapped for a VLS. I'm not sure if this is using the same StanFlex interface as the Danes or not.
Much like the Absalon Class, StanFlex is one of those very clever and unique approaches that demonstrates Danish naval innovation and design expertise. Yet no one else has adopted either...
Purely speculating, but I've wondered if
a boat bay has been deleted, whether we could fit 12 (and possibly more) CAMM in that space, leaving the full space for 32 cells of MK.41.... or another similar sized VLS.
Look like another T31 model is coming along nicely. Hopefully the real thing will be close behind!