Type 43 & Type 44 Destroyers (Cancelled Projects) (RN)

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Type 43 & Type 44 Destroyers (Cancelled Projects) (RN)

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^ Large Variant Type 43 Destroyer Concept.

Introduction
The Type 43 and Type 44 were proposed destroyer classes for the Royal Navy. They were intended to follow on from the Type 42 'Sheffield Class' , but armed with the Sea Dart Mark II missile. The primary role of the Type 43 was to protect a task force from air-launched missile attack. There were two proposed Type 43 variants - the small variant and the large variant. The project advanced to feasibility design before being cancelled in 1981.

The Type 44 was proposed as similar to the small variant Type 43, but with enhanced anti-submarine capability.

Type 43 - Small Variant
The design for the small variant Type 43 resembled a Type 42 with one twin Sea Dart launcher forward and directors fore and aft.

Type 43 - Large Variant
The design for the large variant Type 43 had one twin Sea Dart launcher forward and one twin dart Sea Dart launcher aft with four directors. With launchers at both ends the flight deck was relocated midships between the two superstructure blocks. The helicopter hangar would have room for one Merlin or two Lynx helicopters.

Type 44
The Type 44 was proposed as similar to the small variant Type 43, but with enhanced anti-submarine capability.

Cancellation
The Type 43/44 programme was cancelled by the Secretary of State for Defence John Nott in the 1981 defence review.

Ships Of Class
Eight ships of the Type 43 class were proposed, but none were built. Instead, four new 'Stretched Batch III' Type 42's (HM ships Manchester, Edinburgh, Gloucester & York) were built.

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Re: Type 43 & Type 44 Destroyers (Cancelled Projects) (RN)

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Type 43 Destroyer
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^ Type 43 (Large Variant)

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Re: Type 43 & Type 44 Destroyers (Cancelled Projects) (RN)

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Type 44 Destroyer
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^ Type 44 Destroyer design painting. (Similar to Small Variant Type 43, but with enhanced anti-submarine capabilities)


Both Type 43 and Type 44 were cancelled in favour of Batch III 'Stretched' Type 42 destroyers.
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^ HMS Manchester, first of the 'Stretched' Batch III Type 42 destroyers. Type 42 Thread: http://ukdefenceforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=77

All Type 42 class ships were recently replaced with six Type 45 'Daring Class' destroyers. Type 45 Thread: http://ukdefenceforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=35
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^ First of class, HMS Daring (D32).

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Re: Type 43 & Type 44 Destroyers (Cancelled Projects) (RN)

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I have a recollection that the Type 42 was shrunk in the design stage (design by budget; protect the numbers... and get an abortion of functionality?) and the 4 "stretched" models, later, put this right.
- can anyone confirm (might not be an accurate picture, read something like that a long time ago)?
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Sorry, the confirmation is on the T42 thread
Ever-lasting truths: Multi-year budgets/ planning by necessity have to address the painful questions; more often than not the Either-Or prevails over Both-And.
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