Re: AC Re: Voland's right hand Nobody will buy them
"....Great Guh, did nobody learn from the problems the Americans had with the Sheridan firing guided munitions and normal shells out the same barrel, or the Russians with their BMPs firing missiles and shells out the same barrel...?...." WTF??? Seriously, go read up on the Copperhead 155mm guided shell, it's a better comparison.
"....Even early C20th plate steel was proof against popguns like that so modern layered armors probably won't even get scratched....." Firstly, no modern naval ship carries 20th Century battleship armour, so that is a moot point. Secondly, no "modern layered armors" in actual use is going to stop the penetration by a 46Lb shell (current RN 4.5in Mk8 loading) hitting it. Worse, the bit that armour cannot protect is all the electronics that a modern warship uses for finding and attacking enemies. One guided HE hit on the superstructure, even if you did have some miracle "layered armor" to protect the interior, would still strip the exterior of it's antennas and radomes, leaving the ship blind and unable to defend itself from further attacks and unable to do much to inconvenience its attacker. Game over!
"....By the time your underpowered toy has reached firing range your boat will be toasted, either by a long-range anti-ship missile or by the similar popguns carried on the patrol boats of your opponents." Apart from the fact the new frigates in RN service will have a comprehensive anti-missile system, you are forgetting that - in a wartime scenario - the frigate would be working with an RN or NATO fleet, which would mean any attacker would be toast long before it got within missile range. As for the idea of a swarm attack by smaller craft, again they would need to get past the helicopter (very good for picking off speedboats or Boghammer attack craft) and the frigate's own weapons (including that 4.5in gun), and then be able to do enough damage with the tiny weapons such speedboats can carry before retaliation arrives from the rest of the RN/NATO fleet.
"....And even though smaller calibre munitions means more can be carried, it will just be like the 9mm vs .45ACP problem where one .45 will stop a man but it takes 2, 3 or more 9mm to have an effect ...." This type of ill-informed nonsense has long since been debunked, and if you really believe 9mmP is so dreadful then why are many LEOs, such as the <a href="https://loadoutroom.com/12077/fbi-going-9mm-comes-science/>FBI</a>, switching back to 9mmP?