And the catapult on the left of the hangar... is for small UAVs?
I believe it's a launcher for the Scan Eagle UAV, one of the cheaper UAVs on the market.
The position of the phalanx of stern is absurd...
The consensus around the net seems to be that it'll be moved to the hangar roof once detailed design gets under way.
Colombamike...is right...a newer large and unnecessary "fitted for but not with" warship.
Yes, yes, very much no, probably.
And let's not put words in each others mouths. Colombamike never claimed that they were unnecessary.
And the fact that they are large aren't necessarily a bad thing. Just because something is big doesn't mean it's more expensive.
For example: Back in the mid-nineties, the the RDN began to look around for a potential replacement for the Niels Juel class corvettes.
Now, the Niels Juel class was build to replace the 60ies era Peder Skram class frigate of 2400 tons. When the initial design work for the the Niels Juel started, some admiral (The name escapes me) made the boast that with modern technology, they could make ship just as powerful as the frigates with half the displacement. The government, making the same mistake that you seem to make, thought that small=cheap and told the navy that they had 1200 tons to work with. They managed to do it, just about, but they had to use some rather expensive solutions to make it all fit.
Anyway, back to the replacement ship. The Peder Skram class had been retired in 1990 at the end of the Cold War, so the RDN considered it to be the benchmark for the new ship. A couple of options was looked at, including a 1000t version of the SF300 and a modernized Niels Juel. Further into the study, an enlarged Niels Juel of roughly 2000tons was considered. It were to have an equivalent weapons and sensor fit and manning would be roughly the same. What wasn't the same was the price. Accounting for inflation, it came in a whooping 7% cheaper and it would have been slightly faster and have longer range.
“Close” only counts with horseshoes, hand grenades, and tactical nuclear weapons.
That which does not kill me has made a grave tactical error
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