From: 20 yrs ago - SDO -> med down, w/BC glasses on
Appreciate your thoughts, but I really disagree. Your documents are fine, but our interpretations are quite divergent.
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Finally, the modern PHALANX system design debunks the concept that ROF doesn't matter ... ROF matters a great deal when TTT (Time To Target) flights are short. Think of it this way: if I have a high enough ROF, it starts to look like a bat instead of a ball that I am attempting hit my target with. It is a lot easier to hit a ball with a bat instead of another ball. WWII systems never got even close to the ROF's of a gattling system in current use, but the theory holds. And of course, attack speeds then aren't what they are today either ...
I understand completely although I'm a little concerned you didn't fully digest what I was trying to say.
Your reference to the CIWS being my evidence. I specifically pointed out that ROF only becomes relevent when you are facing a missile or kamikaze. As your firing solution gets easier, you always want to continue to throw rounds at the target. The faster your ROF, the more rounds you'll get in before the target track is lost. Each of these subsequent rounds should have an equal - or far more likely - better chance of hitting and more importantly, destroying the target. Yet, this all hinges on the target heading directly towards the mount. If it isn't then the firing solution becomes harder and your probability of hitting falls as the target approaches its CPA.
Anyway, just trying to throw a different light onto your AA picture.
In the end everyone must admit that towards the end of WW2 the USN was busying removing most of its 20mm Oerlikon mounts despite the gun's superior ROF, convenient 6-7 second magazines, easy changing barrels and ridiculous swing rates.
In its place they were putting guns that had much slower ROF, much smaller magazines, much more difficult barrels to change, and far slower swing rates. The only thing these new AA guns had on the 20mm Oerlikon was better ballistics - they were flatter shooting and hit with far more authority.
The only advantage a Type 96 25mm Hotchkiss had on a L70 20mm Oerlikon was . . .
Ballistics - it was flatter shooting and hit with more authority.
Gary S (USN 1320, 1985-1993)
AOCS 1985, VT10 1985-86, VT86 1986, VS41 1986-87
VS32 1987-90 (NSO/NWTO, deployed w/CV-66, CVN-71)
VS27 1990-91 (NATOPS/Safety)
SFWSLANT 1991-93 (AGM-84 All platforms, S-3 A/B systems)