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Probably not too difficult. It's a matter of upgrading the AN/SPS-40 to an AN/SPS-48, and swapping AN/SPS-65 for the Sea Sparrow for two AN/SPG-51 radars for Standard. The Kidds fit that on what is basically a standard Spruance superstructure.Phoenix04 wrote: How hard would it have been to add a Kidd class sensor fit to the Spruance class? A Mk41 VLS fit with search and fire control radars would be rather handy.
Not too difficult. Assuming Norman Friedman was correct, the Spruance/Kidd designs were outgrowths of the DX/DXG programs, which eventually called for the DD/DX ship (Spruance) to include in its design room for both modernization and AAW conversion:Phoenix04 wrote: How hard would it have been to add a Kidd class sensor fit to the Spruance class? A Mk41 VLS fit with search and fire control radars would be rather handy.
How much of a clearance issue? The Mk 26 magazine was designed to take missiles up to 200"/5.08m long, & the Mk 41's total height is 266"/6.76m (Tactical) to 303"/7.70m (Strike). 66-103"/1.68-2.62m may seem like a lot of extra space, but I'm guessing that the below-deck portions of the launcher were larger than the supported missile size -- the Mk 13/26 launchers (which used the SM-1/-2 MR & Harpoon) would have had similar magazine vertical sizes, but extended 230-240"/5.84-6.10m below the deck, which cuts the gap from them to a Mk 41 down to maybe 25-60"/0.64-1.52m). Would it have been possible to extend the Mk 41's cells so that more of the cells projected above the main deck (maybe with an extra protective ridge/lip around the edges)?sdmuleman wrote: Kidd, Sprudance & Tico are variants on the same hull, so generally speaking any of them could be converted into any other. No reason you couldn't put a VLS on KIdd at least forward. IIRC there's a clearance issue with the shafting aft that prevented installing VLS aft on Spruance; I'd expect the same on Kidd.
As with anything though it's a question of time and money. Another factor would be all the various services required for new/additional gear. Cooling, power, cable runs, etc etc.