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Originally posted by xmotex
Dunno, if you could mount something like the ABL laser emitter atop the spy-1 level of a DDG superstructure, with the lasing system below, I imagine you'd have a pretty fearsome AAW weapon with decent range, at least in good weather.
If it fits in a 200 foot 747, it will fit in a 550 foot DDG.
You would have to give up some space in the ship, but that's true of any weapons system. And the advantages of a deadly accurate, long range AAW weapon, that reaches it's target at the speed of light, are obvious.
BTW the MK41 is a lot bigger than a Semi cab, closer in volume to the trailer (bigger I'd think). It's not just a bunch of doors in a deck, it's about 20' deep.
[edit on 7/7/06 by xmotex]
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Yes, but the problem is STILL going to be hitting it OUTSIDE the atmosphere. It's still pretty hot when it's in space, but after it reenters you have problems like debris falling onto your territory, which you don't want to happen.
So you still have to have a missile or countermeasure capable of hitting it while it's still in the orbital stage.
The rest of the space is displays and crew passageways.