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The Scoth-class Corvette is a small warship, intended to fill the multi-purpose need between smaller Patrol Vessels and Destroyers. Based on a bid of the SDF-Navy to supplement or even replace the Sciath-class Corvette and Claíohm-class Frigate, the Scoth-class Corvette will be the middle ground, capable of both defending and attacking - effective at both.

Design

The Scoth-class Corvette is a small, mono-hulll design, 90 metres of length and with 1,600 tons relatively light, giving it a draught shallow enough to operate in littoral waters, while also keeping its capability of operating in Blue Water.

Their speed of 30 knots and their range of 3,000 nautical miles at 16 knots makes them capable of covering a lot of ground on one patrol, capable of conducting anti-submarine patrols, anti-piracy operations and providing anti-air cover for larger ships. They can keep pace with many major surface combattants.

With their Integrated Electric Propulsion system, running on three Diesel generators with an output of 4,000 kilowatts, capable of both providing power for the ships shaft and screw and for every other system onboard plus a bit of surplus, the Scoth-class Corvette has a relatively small engine section - or rather three, because the Diesel generators are spread over the ship, providing enough power for basic system operations even when the whole ship is crippled beyond recognition, because one generator will always be operational.

The design incorporates anti-radar detection features, but isn't undetectable.

Sensors and Processing Systems

The Scoth-class Corvette is equipped with one combined Air/Surface Search Radar, doubling as a navigation and fire control radar, and a Hull-Mounted Sonar. Each of these systems is connected with the weapons and their stations via the Type 900 Datalink, providing information exchange and processing in real-time. The Scoth-class Corvette is also equipped with an Artio Battlescape Network.

The Nuacht N-12 Mark II Air/Surface Search Radar (Multi-Function) is a cheap and easy to operate system, capable of tracking 350 targets at maximum in TWS-Mode, from missiles to passenger planes to small fast attack craft, and to track own fire for adjustments just as easily.

The ESM Suite, or Suite for Electronic Support Measures, enables the Scoth-class Corvette to track any electronic attack, detect any locks onto them, intercept enemy transmissions and record them.

Armament

With its two two-cell anti-ship missile launchers, we recommend loading them with Type 40 AShMs, the Scoth-class Corvette is capable of participating in major fleet engagements. These missiles increase the weapon's range of the ship in anti-ship operations to up to 600 kilometres (Type 40 Mark II) and more.

Another important part of the weapon's suite are the two 4-cell VLS-Systems, vertical launchers for all kinds of missiles, from short-ranged SAMs to Anti-Submarine Rockets to long-range AShMs and cruise missiles. Due to their versatility, they can be practically everything and anything at the same time, adding to the impressive capabilities of the Scoth-class Corvette.

As protection against missiles, both targetted at the ship itself and at other ships nearby, the Scoth-class Corvette has two 30mm CIW-Systems, in this case the Ceantar C-84 Mark I, the last line of defense against incoming missiles with an effective firing range of 4.5 kilometres.

This system only supplements the twin 76mm L50 gun on the foredeck, a Túirín T-12 Mark II, double-barreled and doubling as a large anti-air gun (or anti-missile gun) as well as anti-surface gun. With its maximum firing range of 27.5 kilometres, this system and its fragmentation rounds (amongst other things) pose a serious threat to everything above the surface, be it another ship, on land or flying.

For fighting against things beneath the surface, the Scoth-class carries a Gráinneog G-321 Mark II Hedgehog on the foredeck with a effective firing range of seven to ten kilometres deepending on the ammunition. The system, mounted on a carriage capable of turning sixty degrees to each side (making it capable of covering one third of the ship with anti-submarine fire), fires shells of 35 kilograms of weight, filled with 20 kilograms of high explosives from 15 barrels in a circular pattern, making it hard for the once detected submarine to disappear into the depths of the sea. Utilizing the Hull-Mounted Sonar and the data collected by it via the Type 900 Datalink, the Scoth-class Corvette is capable of attacking even hidden submarines without any prior warning. Combined with the rail for depth charges, the Scoth-class Corvette has an anti-submarine coverage both fore and aft, which enables several Scoth-class Corvettes to effectively hunt for submarines without any square-centimetre of the ocean safe for the enemy.

History

The Scoth-class Corvette is the answer to an invitation of bid by the SDF-Navy. The basic requirement was a vessel capable of filling the gap between patrol vessels and frigates in a multi-purpose need, in order to supplement the more specialized Sciath-class Corvettes and Claíohm-class Frigates. SDY didn't go for a supplement, but for a replacement and won the competition.

With the introduction of the Scoth-class Corvette, the older frigates and corvettes became obsolete, being steadily replaced by the smaller, faster and more capable vessels.

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