Type 45 rocket destroyers are the most powerful and state-of-the-art naval vessels in active service. Their main purpose is to provide anti-aircraft and anti-missile protection, but soon they will also receive Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
In total, the British concern BAE Systems built six 45-warships. These are displacement units of 7300 tons and 150 meters long. Their maximum speed oscillates around 30 knots. During the HMS tests Darling reached 29 knots in 70 seconds and 31.5 in 120 (from zero).
The ship’s armament is 48 vertical Aster rocket launchers (15 or 30), including a 4.5-inch Mk 8 cannon, two Oerlikon 30mm anti-aircraft guns, two M134 Minigun machine guns, and six 7.62mm machine guns. The destroyers also have two standalone 20 mm CIWS for direct defense. In 2013, a request was made to install Harpoon’s anti-ship missile shells on board.
Stealth technology has been used to build the ship, thanks to which its radar signature is similar to that of a fishing boat. The main elements of the ship to fulfill the designated mission are the SAMPSON radars (characteristic dome) and the S1850M, which allow to track several hundred targets simultaneously.