Author Topic: Makeshift Warships  (Read 2835 times)

Offline dy031101

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Makeshift Warships
« on: March 14, 2015, 11:42:11 AM »
Rio Damuji class OPV, converted from Spanish-built fishing trawlers:


Early configuration, one twin 57mm adopted from AA tank, two P-15 Termit AShM launchers, two 14.5mm MGs, and two twin 25mm autocannons.


Upgrades, with adopted AA tank turret replaced by naval turret, and 25mm mounts by two AK-630 CIWS with associated fire control radars.

Cubans apparently fly Mi-8 or Mi-14 off the two OPVs of the class.

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It makes me wonder what other ships can be modified this way......  maybe some might even retain their original functions (for examples, cargo or fuel transport) while serving as patrol ships?
« Last Edit: March 14, 2015, 11:06:43 PM by dy031101 »
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Re: Makeshift Warships
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 10:39:28 PM »
Interesting.

A trawler retaining their original function would make the "Cod Wars" interesting to say the least...
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Offline Volkodav

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Re: Makeshift Warships
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 11:51:00 PM »
On the sexier end of the spectrum there is the Iranian project to reverse engineer the Bladerunner to use as a fast attack craft.
http://www.naval-technology.com/features/featureiran-fast-attack-craft-fleet-behind-hyperbole/

Another thought that comes to mind is a modern day Armed Merchant Cruiser using modular containerised systems such as the USNs LCS modules, Danish STANFLEX or even German MEKO modules.  A container ship would be ideal but the Queen Mary II would be pretty awesome.