My first vessel here.
Totally made up (of currently existing and in development components).
Peninsula class gunboat (trimaran)
Length: 25 m (with mast installed and main cannon facing forward)
Beam: 8.8 (4.8m main hull, 2x1m outriggers, 2x1m connectors)
Draught: 1.4 m / 4m (with stabilizers extended) / 0.8m (with balloons inflated)
Propulsion: 1x750 hp Scania DI13 077M 6 in-line Diesel,
powering 1x Kawema FF-37 water jet
1x6000hp Rolls-Royce MT7 gas turbine,
powering 2x Kawema FF-67 water jets
Speed: 40+ knots
Complement: 7 (1 officer, 2 NCOs, 4 enlisted)
• 155mm L52 howitzer, installed in modified K9 Thunder turret
• 40mm BAE Bofors Mk4 turret
• 8 ESSM or Umkhonto-IR SAMs
Peninsula class gunboat is a joint project of Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and ROK.
The ship is a trimaran with some stealth features, made mostly of carbon fiber. The main distinguishing feature of the vessel is the fact, that she can be quickly disassembled into 7 parts (main hull, 2 outriggers, 2 connectors, 1 sensor mast and bofors Mk4 turret assembly) and transported by 2 trucks (and at least 1 crane is also required for assemble/disassemble procedure). It also can be trucked in single piece (if road is wide enough and outrigger fuel tanks are empty).
The main hull contains:
• 2 power plants
• 3 water jets
• Crew living quarters
• Ammunition storage (155 and 40mm)
• Attack (155mm) and self-defense (40mm) weapon
• Some communication and ECM equipment
• Inflatable balloons (for operating in shallow waters)
• Reclinable SAM missile launchers (horizontal-transport state, vertical-ready to launch) 4 missiles in each
The main purpose of this vessel is shore bombardment and artillery support. It was designed to sail in Norwegian fjords, Finnish lakes and in open ocean around the Korean peninsula, it is also designed to be quickly disassembled and transported by land from one side of a peninsula to another (be it Korean or Scandinavian peninsula). For passing extremely shallow waters, special balloons under main hull-outriggers connectors can be inflated to increase her displacement, and for blue water sailing, two 3meter long stabilizer fins can be lowered from her outriggers (one from each). High speed and state of the art gun stabilizer changed the “shoot and scoot” paradigm to “scoot and shoot”. The Peninsula gunboat is capable of shelling enemy with great precision, from a significant range, while maintaining high speed and low visibility. This vessel can be used as much more capable substitute for self-propelled howitzers in lake and river rich regions like Finland as well as carrying out rapid strikes at costal targets and to support amphibious assaults.
Outriggers allow coping with recoil of the main gun without overturning and at the same time do not significantly hinder road transportability, they also allow the vessel to operate at high seas.
Main armament of the gunboat is a modified turret of Korean K9A1
thunder self-propelled howitzer (that is used by ROK army, Finnish and Norwegian armies use its predecessor - K9, that is less automated, but still has many common parts), the modifications include:
• Turret hull is made of carbon fiber instead of steel, ballistic protection is provided by Kevlar and ballistic ceramics.
• Turret is fully automated.
• Turret is stabilized in two axes.
• The recoil mechanism is redesigned to push barrel forward before shot to mitigate recoil (similar to XM204).
• Ability to use new Norwegian Kongsberg ramjet 155
shells with maximum range of 100+km.
• Ability to use anti-ship homing shells (possibly even anti-air), similar to 127mm volcano.
• Cannon received active water cooling.
• Radio absorbent and IR concealing materials were used to cover the turret and cannon shroud.
• All parts are made of corrosion resistant materials
Secondary weapon: 40mm BAE Bofors Mk4 cannon, 8 ESSM or Umkhonto-IR SAMs for anti-air/anti-missile defense. Gun boat is also equipped with smoke dischargers and IR decoys. Vessel is almost invisible for other ships, and is incredibly hard to hit with ASMs, due to its small size, high speed and low observability features, so her true enemy is aviation.
Armor: the entire vessel is made of Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber, that allows shrapnel protection. Critical parts of the boat (main turret, bridge, part of crew compartment, engines and ammunition magazines) are also protected with MEXAS composite armor that provides protection against 14.5 mm HMG rounds.
Partition of the vessel:
The crew is located inside the superstructure with officer (commander) and two NCOs (pilot and weapon systems operator) are located on the bridge. Two enlisted:
Radio operator and gunner are sitting behind and slightly below the bridge and operate foldable terminal stations. Two more sailors work under the main deck, their responsibilities are to move shells to the mechanized part of main gun magazine from unmechanized as well as to replenish supply line of Bofors Mk4 intermediate magazine and to provide general maintenance of the boat.
Officers living quarters with three foldable banks are located behind the bridge. Enlisted quarters are located in the nose, forward to the main turret ring (in order to get to the superstructure from there, the main gun and its autoloader must be disabled, as their operation would block the main passage way) with top hatches for emergency escape.
Engines and water jets are located under the deck of the rear part of the superstructure. With diesel engine powering central low - medium power water jet, and gas turbine- two high power water jets.
Ammunition magazines begin in front of the engines and end at the sides of the turret ring.
This arrangement allows outriggers to protect engines and ammunition.
Each outrigger contains two nitrogen pressurized segmented fuel tanks, foldable stabilizer fin with actuator, erectable SAM missile launcher with 4 missiles, smoke grenade launchers, as well as IR and inflatable radar dischargers. Radar decoys are much smaller analogs of IDS300
inflatable decoy, designed to be launched from 60mm single shot grenade launchers.
For the last line of defense against ATGMs boat can be equipped with APS systems, similar to those, that are used on K2 MBTs.