Okay... I just read through this again and have seen some good points made. Due to modern hydrodynamics and computer calculations, the Nimitz Class (hulls) take half as much horsepower to accelerate to 30+knots (35-40knots) than the Iowa Class did. I was also looking at comparisons... and the Nimitz Class hull isn't that far off from size than the designed Montana size. I may be stretching it here... but wouldn't it be an obvious decision, if we were to make a new battleship, to place it within a modified (ARMORED!!!!!!!) Nimitz Class Hull? (Including propellers, Reactors, Turbines, and Hull Shape).
Other issues are Radar to be used and DP Secondaries.
For radar... If we are considering adding a load of SM-2's and -3's (I am atleast) I would reccomend planning in the DBR (link below) for full functionality, utilizing only one collective radar system instead of multiple feeds.
Secondary Armament... There are many different options, I have an attatchment of data from multiple DP systems currently in production. I would reccomend the 76mm for it's compactness, range, and RoF, though some might want the new 57mm for it's INSANE RoF... It's not uploading... Dumb system won't accept Excel files. I had these:
Mark 71 (8in) Shell Weight: 260lbs RoF: 12 (lbs per minute): 3120 Range: 18miles
AGS (6.1in) Shell Weight: 225lbs RoF: 10 lbspm: 2250 Range: 59miles
Otobreda (5in) Shell Weight: 70lbs RoF: 40 lbspm: 2800 Range: 18.7miles
Mark 45 (5in) Shell Weight: 70lbs RoF: 20 lbspm: 1400 Range: 20miles
Mark 8 (4.5in) Shell Weight: 46lbs Rof: 25 lbspm: 1150 Range: 12miles
French 100mm Shell Weight: 38lbs RoF: 78 lbspm: 2964 Range: 10.5miles
Otobreda (3in) Shell Weight: 27lbs RoF: 120 lbspm: 3240 Range: 18.7miles
Mark 110 (2.2in)Shell Weight: 14lbs Rof: 220 lbspm: 3080 Range: 10.5miles
http://www.raytheon.com/businesses/rids ... br_pdf.pdf
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