Title Posted
Misconceptions about Torch Jun 2008
Point defense laser clusters Jun 2008
The League vs the Star Empire of Manticore: <em>Who declares war on who?</em> Jun 2008
Status of the Solarian League Navy Jun 2008
The Cherwell Convention's Equipment Clause May 2008
White Haven's relief mission to Yeltsin May 2008
Escort CLACs May 2008
Capital ships and raiding defenses May 2008
Map of the planet Safehold (as of <em>By Schism Rent Asunder</em>) May 2008
Removing Giancola from office Feb 2008


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Pearls of Weber

A collection of posts by David Weber containing background information for his stories, collected and generously made available Joe Buckley.

Missile pods: how well can you fit pods/box launchers on the exterior of a hull?

  • Series: Honorverse
  • Date: October 22, 2002

Not very well. There is very little of a conventional DD's hull surface which is not being used for something as things now stand. Laser clusters, counter-missile launchers, sensor arrays, etc., all eat up external surface, and the pod launchers (for the reasons cited above) are bulky enough to cover up vital areas/systems currently located there. Please note that even if you could fit the pods in there, their initial launch impetus is much lower than navies in HH's universe consider the minimum acceptable, which makes it very unlikely that the concept would ever be embraced.