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    Good article here: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news...-csc-frigates/

    My thoughts:

    -I was concerned when they moved from a two-class program (with a high-end command/AAW destroyer and a low-end ASW frigate) to a single class program, that they would be essentially scrapping the high-end combatant. It seems they have actually struck a very nice balance between anti-air, -surface, -sub-surface, and strike capability in this design, and a single class program is the way to go.

    -Tomahawk is interesting, could prove useful.

    -I hope SM-2 is carried, although why not SM-6?

    -Sea Ceptor missile as the CIWS is interesting, I would have thought RAM launchers give you precious additional seconds to intercept being forward firing, and have a useful anti-surface capability.

    Overall I'm impressed at this stage of design/procurement of how this class is looking.

  • #2
    Regarding SM-2 & SM-6....aren't they intended to be used in a mix? And does that further complicate ship board FCS?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
      Regarding SM-2 & SM-6....aren't they intended to be used in a mix? And does that further complicate ship board FCS?
      That's a fair comment. The SM-6 has active guidance, longer range, and is more expensive compared to the SM-2. The longer range wouldn't be required in our case.

      So the CSC will have the following umbrellas:

      SM-2: 120 km
      ESSM: 50km
      CAMM: 25km

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JA Boomer View Post
        That's a fair comment.
        I try!
        “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
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        • #5
          The SM-6 is gaining an interesting Curriculum Vitae.

          https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/...ange-missiles/


          Here the Army is working the SM-6 and Tomahawk together for its MRC.

          "...the Army has chosen to mix two very different Navy weapons together in its prototype MRC (Mid-Range Capability) unit: the new, supersonic, high-altitude SM-6 and the venerable, subsonic, low-flying Tomahawk."

          http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/20...not-joint.html
          Last edited by looking4NSFS; 15 Nov 20,, 18:59.

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          • #6
            looking4NSFS....key word there is "prototype". They ae looking for various hardware solutions to meet an operational need. They are somewhere in the pre-Milestone B process of their system lifecycle. Milestone C is when you get permission to go to low rate production.
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