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Posted: Nov 25 2008, 02:02 AM
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Joined: 10-April 07
Kalmar class guided missile cruiser
Dimensions & Preformance
The Kalmar class guided missile cruiser is the newest addition to the Cottish surface fleet. The Kalmar is a COGAG-powered warship measuring 196 meters in length, 32 meters along the beam and has a draught of 8.5 meters, with a total standard displacement of 19 675 tons. She is powered by four LM2500+ gas turbine engines, located along the centerline of the ship for stability purposes, and are connected to two powerful shafts which are in turn connected to two Controllable-Reversible Pitch propellers which can propell the Kalmar to a maximum speed of 36 knots in calm seas. The Kalmar carries enough fuel to be able to travel up to 8 100 nautical miles (roughly 15 000 kilometers) at a sustained speed of 20 knots before she has to refuel.
In terms of armament, the Kalmar boasts a total of sixteen of the battle-proven Mk.51 vertical launch systems for a total of 256 launch cells, which are capable of holding just about any surface to air missile, surface to surface missile or surface to submarine missile in existance, provided of course that it can fit into the cells.
Additionally, the Kalmar carries two Mk.55 Quad Launchers for a total of eight anti-shipping missiles, and two Mk.79 Twin Launchers which can carry a total of four heavy cruise missiles, giving the Kalmar a potent punch against any surface combatant or land target.
To complete the cruiser's defense against threats from all spectrums, the Kalmar carry two Merlin-sized helicopters which are capable to anti-submarine warfare with torpedoes, and can complement these with her own four 324mm torpedo tubes which carry three reloads each. The helicopters are operated from the 550 square meter helicopter landing pad, and are housed inside the hangar facility when not in use.
Naturally, the definition of combat imply that the Kalmar may be fired upon, in which case it is imperative for the safety of the ship and crew that the Kalmar is capable of defending itself. This is accomplished through the use of the main weapons of the ship, but in the event that a hostile missile manage to slip through the main defenses, the Kalmar can rely on its three Mk.53 Point Defense Missile launchers that fire the BLM.34A Grumpy point defense missile. A total of 63 missiles are carried aboard the Kalmar, and give the ship a fair chance of defeating incoming anti-ship missiles.
Understandably enough, most of the information on the Kalmar class' electronics and sensor suite is a closely guarded military secret, but it is revealed that the CE/PRS.99 Phased Array Radar has the ability to detect fighter-sized targets at ranges of at least 450 kilometers. This enable the Kalmar to locate, track and engage targets at long ranges. Navy officials have confirmed that the Kalmar's electronics systems are able to track and engage up to 400 seperate targets simultaneously.
Complement & Capabilities
The Kalmar class carries a ship's company of 370 men, of which 19 are officers, as well as a naval infantry detachment of up to 40 men. In addition, the Kalmar class is designed to be able to operate as a command ship, which is why she has provisions to take aboard and accomodate a battle staff of up to 60 persons.
As it is expected that the Kalmar will see combat, and since combat tends to harm people, the cruiser is fitted with a state-of-the-art infirmary, located directly underneath the helicopter pad, something which allows for wounded to be gathered near an evacuation station in the event of an evacuation, and also allows for rapid transport from a medevac helicopter or rescue boat to the infirmary in the event of the Kalmar ever taking part in a rescue operation involving the helicopter or embarked RIBs. The infirmary is capable of accepting up to ten patients simultaneously.
In terms of crew comforts, the Kalmar is fitted with a gymnasium down on 2 Deck which is fitted with both foldable treadmills, lifting weights and a climbing wall, allowing for the crew to get a proper workout. Additionally, the ship's library on 4 Deck is fitted with a wide variety of books and DVDs, as well as several computers with access to high-speed broadband Internet access (when the commanding officer allows for it) for recreational use.
The Royal Cottish Navy realized a long time ago that in order to keep the crew happy, you have to keep it well fed. This is a tradition that had old roots in Cotland (and is the reason for the stringent training regime aboard Cottish ships), and the Kalmar class proudly carry that tradition on with its three mess halls (Enlisted's Mess and Non-Commissioned Officer's Mess on 3 Deck and Officer's Mess on 6 Deck) and two galleys. The Kalmar class carries enough foodstuffs to keep the crew fed and happy for up to 60 days before it must be replenished, or the crew will begin starving and exponentially increase the chances for a mutiny.
Length: 196 meters (overall); 185 meter (waterline)
Beam: 32 meter
Draught: 8.5 meter
Displacement: 19 675 tons
Block Co-Efficient: 0.360
Complement: 19 officers, 180 non-commissioned officers, 171 enlisted + up to 40 naval infantry + up to 60 battlestaff
Power Plant: Four General Electric LM-2500+ Gas Turbines in COGAG arrangement
Shafts: Two shafts, two Controllable-Reversible Pitch Propellers, two rudders
Power Output: 114.4 MW / 150 000 shaft horsepower
Speed (Maximum): 36 knots
Speed (Cruise): 28 knots
Endurance (Supplies): 60 days
Endurance (Fuel): 8 100 nautical miles @ 20 knots
1x OTO Melara 127mm/64 Lightweight cannon with 528 shells (A position)
1x MLG-27 27x145mm autocannon with 500 shells (X position)
6x MGM2S 15.7x131mm heavy machine guns with 2 000 rounds (3 port, 3 starboard)
16x 16-cell [4x4] Mk.51 Vertical Launch Systems (4 fore, 4 aft) [cell diameter: 0.6 x 0.6 x 8.0 meters]
2x Mk.55 Quad Launchers
Standard Load: 8x SSM.79A Skorpion anti-shipping missiles
2x Mk.79 Twin Launchers
Standard Load: 4x SBM.70A Mišgaršsorm heavy long-range cruise missiles
3x Mk.53 Point Defense Missile Launchers
Standard Load: 63x BLM.34A Grumpy point defense missiles
4x 324mm torpedo tubes (2 port aft, 2 starboard aft)
Standard Load: 12x MU-90 anti-submarine torpedoes
2x RAR.53 missile decoy launchers (30 decoy rockets)
1x AN/SLQ-25C NIXIE towed torpedo decoy
Aviation: Landing pad and hangar for two Merlin-sized helicopters
Landing Pad: 25 x 22 meters (550 m²)
Sensors & Electronics
CE/PRS.99 Phased Array Radar
CE/SSR.79 Surface Search Radar
CE/SNR.34 Navigational Radar
CE/ASR.77 Air Search Radar
CE/SFD.89 Fire Direction Finder
CWBG Mk.VII Weapons Guidance Suite
CE/EKS.44 Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite
Construction Cost: $2 100 000 000
Annual Upkeep Cost: $60 000 000
Annual Crew Pay Cost: $928 200
Export Cost: $2 250 000 000