ok, so after listening to you all and doing a lot of research I've come up with what I think would have been a good replacement for the OHP for the time frame. The layout will still be the same, very "Burke-esk". the sensor suite is what I've been having a hard time with. There really wasn't a good "area-defense" option at that time. It was either Aegis/SPY-1 or NTU, which I don't feel a good option for a frigate. So I was researching the SPS-52, thinking I would theoretically keep it available just for this ship. I then discovered that ITT Gillfellon proposed an AN/SPS-48F which featured less power and a smaller antenna (roughly 14X14 feet or 3.96 X 3.65 meters) here's the link if anyone is interested
http://books.google.com/books?id=4S3h8j ... 8f&f=false
So, I figure since the Planer version of the SPS-49 has been drawn that the should be no reason I couldn't use this. I mean its all theoretical anyway. I figure these are the options that were out there had a replacement for OHP been designed and I feel this is a pretty good and realistic choice. I'm also going to go with SPQ-9A, as I feel it a good complement to the other systems for this platform. The Link above also mentions an upgrade designed off the AN/SPS-48F concept that came out in 2000, so I could look at this for a viable upgrade in the future. Along with the SPY-1F and SPY-5. The Spook 9 will be upgraded to the 9B when available. Also in future upgrades, I'm thinking along the lines of the Burke, with things such as the heat signature stacks and RCS'ed gun housing. As for as the MK-45, lets just concede that the USMC won the battle and it is really the best the best gun for the USN anyway. It will stay. I'm moving the harpoons to the front of the bridge USS Virginia style. Also, CIWS will stay aft, Its a good compromise there. I would like suggestions on generator locations, and how many are needed. I'm assuming I have two aboard (as pictured below). do I need three?? If so, should I put exhaust//intake on that deck below and aft the bridge? If not, can it be forward? if so, where abouts?
This is the drawing I will base the ship on, and am only displaying it for reference here.
I would love to hear constructive ideas before I start drawing if anyone would like to suggest anything. I will definitely consider all Ideas.
Thank you all for your suggestions, guidance and interest