The graph appears to show a ship with a block of 64 vertical cells ahead and another equal block of 64 vertical cells amidships.
It looks like 96 baseline and drop to 64 Mk 41 + 12 large cells.
If they decided to add another hull module amidships, it might be possible to add another 64 cells or another 32 (or 12) up front if you wanted an extra long nose.
Still cell counters are going to be mad at the baseline.
"Is this one rusty? Maintenance status of the first F35C assigned to the frontline is concerning"
The F-35C(VFA-147) of the USS Carl Vinson(Carrier Air Wing 2) wearing out fast during its deployment which has been taking place since August 3, 2021, when CVN 70 left the San Diego Naval Base.
At this time, Carrier Strike Group 1 is in the South China Sea.
Maybe it should be wise to finish the new missile design and certificate if for use BEFORE they start to design ships for it.The graph appears to show a ship with a block of 64 vertical cells ahead and another equal block of 64 vertical cells amidships.
There must have been a misinterpretation in what was reported by NAVSEA, which suggests in the future an exchange of 32 cells for 12 larger cells capable of accommodating a hypersonic missile and everyone is deducing that the ship has 32 cells ahead.
I highly doubt that the DD(X) will have 64 total vertical cells or 96 total cells, the US Navy's planning is to have a ship between the Zumwalt and Ticonderogas tonnage, the ship will have to contain between 10,000 to 13,000 tons, a ship of this size with this amount of vertical cells is very limited. Imagine if the 32 cells were exchanged for 12 larger cells, that would mean that the ship would have 44 VLS.
It will act as a successor to the Ticonderoga, so the ship's mission is primarily to act as an air defense ship for the CSG, a ship with 64 or 96 cells is too little for the mission the ship intends to fulfill. I clearly see a ship between 10,000-12,000 tons with 128 VLS, being able to swap 32 cells for 12 larger cells to accommodate hypersonic missiles, which leaves the ship with 108 VLS.
One factor that may be related to this accelerated corrosion is the rivets. Hundreds of F-35s were manufactured with the wrong rivets applied to critical areas, LM claims the problem would not necessarily need to be fixed once it was identified.Abrasion from cleaning maybe? Who knows how that RAM is whether coating or material itself or paint on top of material.