A light bulb just lit up in my head. If 054A was highly automated, even to the extent of drastically surpassing the level of Zumwalt, with Chinese engineers reaching the edge of current technical limitations, what number of crew could they shrink down to? Let's say that the Chinese designers went mad, but still within the limitations of current technology.
The current crew size is 190.
Frigate of almost identical tonnage, Oliver Hazard Perry class, has about 230. Since it first entered service in 77, with the last one in 89, we can see that advancement in automation resulted from the computer advancement, which occurred in the last twenty years, really contributed to downsizing of crew.
Anyone got any idea to this topic?
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On another note, I'm really surprised that USN is so hardcore on blue water ideology that it doesn't even build frigates anymore since 1989.