marcelo_malara wrote:http://www.warships1.com/US/USbb61-Iowa.htm gives the actual machinery weight for Iowa as 4443 tons. That compared unfavourable. On the other hand you would save 9000 tons of fuel with the nuclear powerplant. The difference is that the fuel is evenly distributed along the ship, and the nuclear reactors are concentrated on a limited space. So, I believe that you can´t just take the boilers out and put a reactor in their place, you need a major redistribution of the machinery spaces to distribute the load.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:How much damage can a russian shipwreck missile or a Harpoon or a Maverick can do to a BB? Can the BB withstand it?
What about the Phalanx? Such a device can really destroy an incoming missile?
Because if the answer is that the nuclear powered BB stands against those odds, even with the help of the Phalanx, then we have a great surface vessel with great autonomy.
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