Anyway, if you were in an aircraft you wouldn't want to be anywhere near these ships in a combat environment!
btw: HMS Dauntless the second in class ship has been deployed to the Falklands now, and that has really wound up the Argies.
Mainly if you were an aircraft from Argentina. Do you know if the Mount Pleasant air base has any missile defence systems?
I think HMS Daring with all weapons systems and fully stocked with missiles and a trained crew is the best destroyer ever, but we don't have that yet.
I will also say there isn't a better ship to defence the Falklands from air craft, which is in my view why the RN wanted it, just for another war with Argentina. People may say the RN learned nothing from the 2nd Argentine attempt to take the Falklands but it has, it's just taken along time to make new weapons, because of lack of investment and fighting pointless American wars under Labour, which have cost the UK over £100 billion, and over 600 people killed. This is why we need a Conservative government.
We are also now sending a nuclear submarine, I not sure which class, and have plans in place for a rapid reaction force to an Argentine attack. But I am not sure how anything can be rapid unless it's based at or on Ascension, I would like us to move more jets, para's and ships their.
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And this would have no defense against modern munitions, which are camera sighted and guided. We can aim missiles and bombs into a specific window of a building. And fire them from greater distances then the Burke can return fire.
I can see a group of F/A-18 Super Hornets flying in slow circles, taking group shots against one of these. Fire a salvo of missiles, then take off before the Type 45 has a hope of trying to engage them in return.
The best chance I see would be to have aircraft make attack runs at extreme range, then when the ship fires at them immediately turn tail and run. Rinse and repeat until all the long range missiles are gone. Then you can much more safely approach to beyond the 30 km range of the Aster 15 and let go with impunity.
And in a situation like San Carlos, this would be a sitting duck. You see, the Argentines did not play fair there. They came in over a hill where the radar had no coverage. And since the missiles on the Type 45 need at least 2 km to arm themselves, this platform would be almost worthless.
On this forum, it will be the American one.
When comparing these two ships, it mostly comes down to the much larger magazine of the Arleigh Burke, along with the greater missile range. Combined this is an advantage much greater then that of the Type 45.
And the OP did specifically state it was not to be a comparison in a surface naval battle.
The ability to fire longer range missiles, as well as having more of them makes the Burke a better ship to have.
Now if the mission was to sneak up as close to shore as possible and secretly drop off a covert operations team, my parameters would have been different, and I would have given the advantage to the Type 45.
However, for the mission involved and the cost involved, once again no question the Arleigh Burke.
A "Stealth Destroyer" is of absolutely no use at all when you are guarding a gigantic "stealthy as a mountain" aircraft carrier.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LSzgN2Z-0s"]Daring Class vs. Arleigh Burke class - YouTube[/ame]
In the end, one must look at the role of the said destroyer. All ships made today are role players, neither of these destroyers are made to patrol alone in a wartime situation. The Daring class will have more stealth and speed, integrated into the British fleet it will be supplemented by their own subs and tactical anti-sub naval aircraft. The American navy is much more defined by integrated system of command and control and all it's ships are capable of multitasking. In the end though, it will be the ordinance and range that will decide capability, given the roles I think the comparison is a wash.
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