Valverde AU
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Author:  ZiF [ October 12th, 2017, 3:44 am ]
Post subject:  Valverde AU


Author:  ZiF [ October 12th, 2017, 4:13 am ]
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Author:  Colosseum [ October 12th, 2017, 2:07 pm ]
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Very cool!

A well thought-out and believable AU. Great work!

Author:  sebu [ October 12th, 2017, 4:29 pm ]
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Welcome ZiF and well done indeed! Glad you started with balanced and modest (in a good way) vessels.

Author:  erik_t [ October 12th, 2017, 5:38 pm ]
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Nice, sensible little vessels. SPS-40 on the corvette seems like massive overkill, though. For a small nation with minimal domestic defense interests, I'd look to some of the European offerings of the period. I don't have my Friedman readily at hand, but I'll suggest some other fits tonight.

Author:  ZiF [ October 13th, 2017, 12:10 am ]
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Thanks Colosseum :D It would be my pleasure to bring you a somewhat realistic AU, though I am new here so I am expecting help from you guys, hehe :D

Thanks sebu and erik_t, ahm i followed the electronics suite of the original Badr class:
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Your suggestions and constructive criticisms would be highly appreciated! Cheers :D

Meanwhile, i added the Altagracia class PBs :D

Author:  erik_t [ October 13th, 2017, 1:30 pm ]
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I stand corrected!

For what it's worth, the Persian Gulf and Red Sea are highly susceptible to ducting in S-band, which for a small ship with a limited processing capability might have been seen as undesirable for the air search set. That would explain the choice of a P-band air search radar for a Saudi vessel. That part of the Caribbean, while plenty hot, I don't think is quite so duct-friendly.

I'd take a look at similar-sized vessels from a similar era operated by Central and South American powers and see if they also opted for L- and P-band search sets, or if they went with a somewhat more typical S-band air search radar. It's important to "tune" the ship for its area of operation, even for a major power! For much of the Cold War, the USN favored L- and P-band search radars because they performed well both in calm seas and rough seas; the Soviets, who did not expect to operate in calmer waters, went with S-band sets instead.

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