- Jul 27, 2014
Neah the cleaner lines of the French Ship do have the function of reducing RCS. It's a further development of Angled Faceted hull form which their Lafayette class patrol Frigate pioneered. The reason why Kolkata does'nt have much cleaner lines are because it is still borrows heavily from the older P-15 design. A P-18 might rectify that as it will be very much a clean slate design, taking into account all lessons learnt from the design, construction and operation of the P-15, 15A, 15B classes.The FS Chevalier Paul has a somewhat cleaner profile which probably helps with stealth? Or does the clutter on the Kolkata help dissipate radar waves?