Repulse wrote:I’d argue that each would require a higher level of self defence capability along the lines being discussed (though personally I’d say adding a 57mm plus a port & starboard 30mm with LMM, would be a good mix).
However the rest would be off board systems such as a couple of ASV P950 Autonomous Ribs, additional davits for two larger craft (like a CB90) plus vertical UAV capability (like Camcopter). For a fairly modest investment this would give a significant uplift to make the B2s adequately strong platforms for the roles being discussed.
Plus radar upgrade to replace the current 2d set plus at least one EO tracker for the extra 30mm and possibly a targeting radar for the 57. Plus ESM, ECM and soft kill. This is all going to add to the crew size at a time of crew shortages. You’re going to need to find space for a larger ops room with more consoles. You’re going to need extra magazine spaces. You’re adding to the power requirements. You’re going to need extra ballistic protection. All of this is adding weight which will impact on the ship’s trim and negatively impact on performance. Then other stuff I’ve not thought about.
It’s all doable if you make it a priority. But please don’t pretend it will be modest either in capital or operational terms.