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Modern Battleship concept by Darkheart1987 Modern Battleship concept by Darkheart1987
The most recent version of my modern battleship concept. And it will be the final one, since i can't think of any way to improve it any more.

I don't feel like making up any technical data, but overall it will be about the size of South Dakota class in hull dimensions.
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Highwayhoss Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I was looking for ideas on 21st century Battleship design when I found this. Looks really well thought out.
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Looks good. Personally, I'd replace the rear turret with a hangar- maybe even a "ski jump" for VTOL or STOVL aircraft, such as the F-35B.

By the way, is this beauty nuclear-powered, or does it use steam turbines with oil-fired boilers?
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Darkheart1987 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks for the input :) I designed it following American "task force" tactic for Iowa's, where they had at least one USS Wasp class ship. Actually there are 2 hangars on deck, one under the stern helipad and the other in the middle just a little forward to the funnel, but they are designed to house only UAV's based of FireScout drones(you can still land a full sized helicopter on the stern though), it saves a LOT of space on board. ( whew simple question loooong ass answer :P)

As for the propulsion, giving a ship that's built to take damage it wouldn't be wise to cramp a reactor inside, i opt for a simple gas turbine power-plant and electric engines.
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I noticed the hangar by the funnel, but was concerned aircraft might accidentally collide with it during takeoff and landing- remember Murphy's Law. The space may be better used for mounting SeaRAM or Phalanx point defense systems.
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Darkheart1987 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
That was fast :D
Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that i measured the space available on deck, FireScout dimensions and given the fact that the landing pad exerts about 2,5meters over the side(i'm lazy and forgot to draw the pad extended), that gives around 5 meters of rotor clearance from the nearest obstacle, plenty for an automatically landed UAV helicopter (i study robotics and even academic projects tend to have their accuracy in centimetres rather than meters :P).

I think there are already enough(4 and crud forgot to add them on the deck view :hmm:) CIWS Phalanx sets, as only Nimitz class aircraft carrier has more than 2. SeaRam would also be redundant since mk41 VLS cells are capable of housing 4 Evolved sea sparrow missiles in one tube [link] .
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BlacktailFA Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I've only seen a handful of future Battleship designs that look even the *slightest bit* believable --- this is one of them, and it looks very practical.

The layout, architecture, armament, and systems are all convincing. It's also very wise that the missile armament is all confined to VLS cells; the US Navy originally wanted to back-fir the Iowa class Battleships with Sea Sparrow SAM launchers, but shockwaves simulating the muzzle blasts from the 16" guns kept busting the launchers!

The only qualm I have with this design is the use of 5"/38 turrets. Modern single-tube 5" guns have hugely superior performance, greater automation, and a much more compact construction (including the turret basket and the magazines). It doesn't necessarily *hurt* this design to have 5"/38s, but the newer guns offer the best performance in the smallest package. ;-)
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Darkheart1987 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Sory for such late answer, i sometimes forget to check DA for a long time ^^
Oh yeah, he superstructure was indeed a real pain to revise over and over, getting simpler and simpler to the point you might actually call it "stealth capable" somehow(and i wanted to make sure the firing angles of each mount were the best they could be). The 5" turrets i'm still revising as i want to still remain visually close to the old dual mount, but from the very beginning intended to house the newest Mark 45 guns.

As for the VLS, they were best solution for what you stated, And they are far better protected against enemy fire since the fore launchpad is placed mostly under the armoured main deck, while the aft one is warped around with few layers of superstructure around it :P

Thanks again,glad to see someone seeing my point, there are just way too much crazy ass super dreadnought designs out there, wee need something normal :P
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enc86 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
really nice work.the design looks slick awesome!
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Darkheart1987 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thanks! I wanted to go in the stealth direction, that's why most of the equipment is hidden, including free fall lifeboats(the big hangars midships)
Oh, this is probably 11th or 12th variant of the superstructure :P
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enc86 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
well its looking great!
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