I would rather read the interesting articles posted by the old timers of the forum, as an ex-reservist who did most of his training in Fort bonifacio a long time ago I defer to the senior officers in the forum. If I remember the problem with the Goalkeeper is it is heavier and requires deck penetration whereas the PHALANX does not. The Americans are telling us, you want the good stuff you have to buy it, nothings for free. I f we are really getting Italian ships whether Maestrale, Soldati or both should we not consider the DARDO CIWS:http://www.seaforces.org/wpnsys/SURFACE/Oto-Melara-40L70-DARDO.htm
The Oto-Melara/Otobreda twin 40L70 compact / fast forty gun system is a high performance anti-missile, anti-aircraft and ship-to-ship weapon system.
DARDO is installed in an enclosed turret with two different mounts: the Type A with 440-round internal and 292-round under-deck magazines; and Type B with only the 440-round internal magazine (Type B requires no deck penetration). The mount can be upgraded with the installation of the “fast-forty” recoiling mass.
The Fast Forty is an improved version of the system with a higher rate of fire, dual magazine and dual feed mechanism to allow switching from hight-explosive (HE) to armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) rounds when a missile gets within 1,000 meters from the vessel.
Caliber: 40 mm
Barrel: 2 x Breda built Bofors 40mm/L70
Weight, Type A: without ammunition: 5600 kg / with ammunition: 7400 kg
Weight, Type B: without ammunition: 5400 kg / with ammunition: 6500 kg
Ammunition capacity, Type A: 736 round magazine
Ammunition capacity, Type B: 444 round magazine
Elevation: - 13° to + 85°
Rate of fire: 600 rounds per minute (compact) / 900 rounds (fast forty)
Range: 4000 meters effective / 12500 meters maximal, horizontal 8700 meters maximal, height
Italian Navy and more than 20 international Navy ships.
When will we learn to stop begging because the more we beg we get nothing. If we buy the Italian frigates maybe we can get a good price for the Italian weaponry like Otomat missiles, torpedos and CIWS...
Just a suggestion