Trt has been mulling over the idea of small ships, and how to use them effectively, for, well, all of 36 hours now, and so its time for another blog post :)
I dont believe they can work as stand alone warships, they just cant. Sven explains why.
But as additions to a warship?
Well, thats a whole other kettle of fish.
After some thinking, the Skjold is too big, its time to go back to the CB90
According to wiki, the CB90 has capacity for 21 armed marines, if we assume 100kg per bloke, that gives us 2100 kg of crew space.
More than enough for 4 NSMs at 410kg each, 1640kg, plus boosters and box launcher.
Imagine the T45 and the T26, each carrying two of the buggers.
Now, its been a long time since warships have engaged one another, second world war if you discount missile boats shooting each other, but the Argentine Fleet was a huge problem to the Royal Navy in the 82 War. Despite being wildly outmatched, there was still a chance it could get lucky, and not that lucky to be fair.
Imagine how much easier it would have been to nullify their battle groups if we could interpose five autonomous missile drones between our ships and theirs?
Even if we limit their area of effect to 30miles each way, thats still a 300 mile wall they would have to sail around. Not a problem? Except wheres the wall?
I dont want to tread over the same ground, so I'll leave uses for now, but the ability to carry them isnt remotely difficult, the RN carries similar sized boats on Davits on ships already.
There would be RoE problems with using them as mines, but they are resolveable, using them as strike units is simple already.