|erik_t wrote: *||October 11th, 2017, 8:51 pm|
These look quite stunning! My only definite substantive critiques are that the rear VLS could probably not be easily enlarged, and that the forward VERTREP spot (the white square) is unusable on the AGS variant
I don't think there's much hope of hangaring V-22 either, at least not on the standard-hull versions. With a below-decks hangar, perhaps the interior arrangement could be shuffled enough to fit.
Perhaps AGS-Light for the 155mm versions?
Hi, thanks for your critique!
You are absolutely right about the VERTREP spot, and as you probably guessed, I had no idea what it was. Obviously, with the full AGS variant, it's basically useless. Which goes to the second point, yes, you are absolutely right about the AGS. AGS-L is much better fit and I have modeled it, according to the latest designs and updated the models accordingly. Thanks
About the VLS, adding 16 additional VLS is in my opinion, not so unrealistic, considering these ships will be from ground up, build with these modifications in mind. The only reason I can see, why this modification would be a no-go, is if there were some kind of un-movable system. No idea what that could be. For illustration, we are talking about this white rectangle:
Considering, the last numerical update to the DDG51 class added entire hangar, I really don't think this would be much of an issue.
Now, about the V-22. The "Flight IIIB" variant, can for sure carry at least 3 V-22 (note, I'm not saying it does, or should, but they would fit without any space compromise). The "Flight IIIA" variant, now, that would require some out of the box thinking. I actually didn't just say "It carries V-22" for no reason. I did actually try to fit them there, and they indeed do:
Yes, you can argue I didn't take into account the hull thickness, nor any other numbers of systems that are included in the hangar. The key thing, in my opinion, is the fact that they do, indeed theoretically fit. So If you are building the ship, specifically with V-22 in mind, you should be able to fit them there.
Now, we can debate about the fact that they are indeed quite bigger than Sea Hawks, how would that affect spare parts, fuel, etc etc. But without knowing specific facts, Its kinda hard to even speculate. I couldn't actually even find the thickness of VLS "walls", nor DDG51 bulkheads in general. So I really can't say one way or another. Also, let's ignore the fact that I completely removed the LSO "bubble". Let's just say, that in the future, all landings are computer calculated, or something
Although if you have any documents, related to this, I would very much like to read them.