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Truaidh Class Guided-Missile Destroyer

Truaidh Class Guided-Missile Destroyer

Name: Truaidh Class

Builders: Hunter Defence Systems

Place of Origin: Noronica

Cost Per Unit: $985 million

General Characteristics

Displacement: 9,600 tonnes

Length: 165 m (541.4 ft)

Beam: 21.4 m (70.3 ft)

Draft: 6.25 m (20.6 ft)

Power & Propulsion: COGAG
- 4 x Quentin MN25 two shafts 100,000 shp

Speed: 30+ knots

Complement: 300-400

Sensors and processing systems:
- V-AESA-R1 Clear Sky AESA
- S1850M 3-D air surveillance radar
- LinkIntegrated Bridge System
- 2 Raytheon AHRS INS
- 2 Raytheon I-band Radar
- 1 Raytheon E/F-band Radar
- HDS Electronics Series 2500 Electro-Optical Gun Control
- HDS Electronics SML Technologies radar tracking system
- HDS Electronics/EDO MFS-7000 sonar

Electronic Warfare:
- AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
- AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
- MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System

- 2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM
96 cell Mk 41 VLS:
- Axe cruise missile
- RIM-66M Standard medium range SAM
- RIM-162 ESSM (4 per cell) SAM
- RIM-174A Standard ERAM
- RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC
- 1 x 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun
- 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
- 2 Miniguns
- 6 General Purpose Machine Guns
- 2 x Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes

Aircraft Capability:
- 2 x Medium-lift Helicopter

Truaidh Class Guided-Missile Destroyer


The Truaidh Class Destroyer is a Guided-Missile Destroyer produced in Noronica by Hunter Defence Systems. It was designed to be a multirole destroyer with its main focus being anti-aircraft and missile warfare. The destroyer is built around the NAADS (Noronnican Anti-Air Defence System) which is a state-of-the-art air defence system using the V-AESA-R1 Clear Sky and S1850M long-range radars. Being 165 metres long, the Truaidh Class is Noronica's largest surface combatant.

The Truaidh Class is Noronica's most recent addition to the Noronnican Navy,
with the last ship in its class passing sea trials and final tests in July 2017. The first destroyer was launched in January 2009.

The ship is named after the word for 'Triumph' in the Nyssic language.


The Thwart Class Destroyer

In 1998, a Thwart Class Destroyer, Noronica's previous destroyer class, underwent a major naval accident when trialling its air-defence systems. The rest of the ship shut off, causing the ship to stop and the VLS jammed. The crew were rescued by another Thwart Class, and a large investigation was initiated to try and discern the problem with the damaged ship. The air defence systems were found to be ineffective and so the Department for Defence began phasing them out while starting a new destroyer class program.

The Truaidh Program began in 2000 with the Department for Defence seeking better naval capabilities, most notably a regeneration for the Navy's destroyers. Recognising the need to defend other more vulnerable vessels and better force projection, the Department for Defence started the program for new destroyers. Hunter Defence Systems won the contract to construct the new class of destroyers, mostly building them in the Port Sinare shipyard.

The Truaidh destroyers are 165 m (541.4 ft) in length, with a beam of 21.4 m (70.3 ft), a draft of 6.25 m (20.6 ft) and a displacement of approximately 9,600 tonnes. This makes them the largest surface combatant in the Noronnican Navy and they are larger than the Thwart Class which they replaced. To give the superstructure a 'clean' appearance, deck equipment and life rafts are concealed behind the ship's superstructure panels. The mast is also sparingly equipped externally to fit with the minimal look. The radar cross-section is certainly reduced, but this is almost negligible due to the size of the warship and the design.

The Truaidh Class destroyer is fitted with the NAADS (Noronnican Anti-Air Defence System) air-defence system which utilises the V-AESA-R1 Clear Sky active electronically scanned array multi-function radar and the S1850M long-range radar. According to Hunter Defence Systems, NAADS has the capability to track over 2,000 targets and control multiple missiles in the air simultaneously, allowing for a larger amount of interceptions. Due to this fact, it is difficult to launch a saturation attack against the NAADS, even against supersonic targets. The Department for Defence has estimated that the V-AESA-R1 Clear Sky radar has the capability to track 1,000 objects the size of a small ball travelling at Mach 3.

NAADS components:

Truaidh Operations Room

In addition to the regular NAADS components, it has been speculated that the Truaidh Class has the potential of being equipped with theatre ballistic missile defence (TBMD) capability. Research and assessment is being done to assess whether this may be true.

The Truaidh Class is equipped with multiple combat systems, including antisubmarine warfare system comprising of two Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launchers, an active sonar, and a towed sonar array. The class is also equipped with VLS-launched Axe land attack cruise missiles which allow for strategic land strikes, ship-to-ship missiles, and advanced NAADS anti-aircraft missiles. The Link4.5 Mk 8 naval gun and the two Phalanx CIWS' provide a last line of defence after the missiles, used for both anti-ship and anti-air warfare. Alongside the naval gun and CIWS, there are also two miniguns and up to six general-purpose machine guns.







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