posted on Dec, 18 2007 @ 02:28 PM
What exactly makes the Type 45 "The Most Powerful Destroyer Afloat"?
It has a 48 cell Sylver AS50 launcher that can only launch PAAMS, it has provision only for Harpoon (not exactly cutting edge SSMs to start with), no
Phalanx, no Goalkeeper, no RAM, no cruise missile launch capability, and only "provision for" ship launched torpedoes, oh, and it has a deck gun and
only one helicopter which is a Sea Lynx, not even the new Merlin . I for one am left wondering exactly how this ship would tackle a major surface
combatant - with the gun I suppose.
On paper this looks to be an underarmed ship.
Up until the Batch 3 Type 22 Frigate the UK had a history of fielding poorly armed warships with the excuse that they were only designed for
"specialist" roles, which was usually a euphemism for saying they had an ASW helicopter that could carry torpedoes.
The Type 45 is continuing that penny pinching tradition. It has a mechanically scanned radar (no AESA), a restricted weapons load out as stated
above, and a traditional non-innovative design. The only radical design feature it seems to boast are improved crew accommodations with personal iPod
I know this sounds like a excessive critique of the design, but the German Sachsen class frigate is both smaller, and to me, much more advanced with a
comprehensive load out including a much wider array of weaponry and 2 modern NH90 helicopters (as opposed to one old Sea Lynx design in the larger
Type 45). The Sachsen is both smaller and more powerful, yet the Germans claim no special accolades for it.
The Type 45 looks to be behind the field, not ahead of it. I think the only award that is due here is superior marketing on the part of BAe.