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Re: Armarment of Type 31 probably similar to Type 26
the type 21s were designed in the 60s as a worldwide general purpose "littoral combat ship" for policing and similar "light duties" the secat at the time was all that was available for such a small ship, it was designed as a 40mm bofors replacement and was used by 8 navies!
there were strength problems, but not the only ships to suffer ! same with aluminium, it burns, but it made the type work, which it did VERY WELL within the limits of its original design specs!
Sea Cat may had been a pioneering system, but not anymore at the time the Type 21 was designed. At that time it was obvious that it would be soon replaced by Sea Wolf because it was completely outdated. The Sea Wolf was shortly after the completion of the Type 21 introduced on the Type 22. That the Type 21 was so cramped that it was not possible to replace the Sea Cat by anything else than a Phalanx CIWS demonstrates one of the many aspects of its really bad design.
Regarding costs of the Type 31: I intended to write that a Type 31 plus a VLS Mk 41 launcher would be still cheaper than a Type 26. If this is not true, the launcher alone would cost three times as much as a complete Type 31 frigate. The Iver Huitfeldt including a VLS Mk 41 apparently cost 270 million pound (some of the weapons of the Iver Huitfeldt were recycled from older ships, the same is planed for the Type 31 and Type 26).
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