From: The Rock, Canada
The Designation Systems website is much more than just an overview of names and numbers, just to be clear. Clicking on individual weapons in the index will give you a good description of each weapon and its variants.
There's nothing inherently wrong with Jane's Information Group, btw. Its just a public source like any other, and should be cross referenced against as many other reputable sources as you can find, in order to weed out obviously wrong data. (Keeping in mind that these are all public sources of what is sometimes very closely held information).
The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems, edited by Norman Friedman, is another excellent source, but its a book (rather than online, except excerpts from older copies through Google Books), and quite expensive.
I should add that most folks are probably not as fanatical about this stuff as the DB authors and scenario writers, and Googling any particular weapon, sensor, etc, will probably provide more than plenty of the kind of info that the player is looking for.
(Why haven't the HC/HCE and H3/ANW lines ever had a text description capability in their databases for weapons and sensors and such, I wonder? )
< Message edited by CV32 -- 2/23/2009 3:27:06 PM >
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