You can see the physical difference between the "short original" Perry and the "stretched" Perry by looking at the stern. The short Perry has a flat square stern and the stretched Perry has angled stern, angled from the waterline. On the waterline the ships are the same length. Overall the stretched Perry is about 4 meters longer.
Both Perrys, the short and the stretched, are designed to operate and support up to two helicopters. But in tactical use, the ship can only integrate one helicopter as a tactical sensor at a time because there is only one datalink antenna. The other helicopter if it is up and flying can only be used as a visual sensor by making voice reports.
There is an extremely limited area (like right next to the ship) where both helicopters can datalink with the ship at the same time but there's no tactical utility in doing this and the data streams might interfere with each other and you won't get any info.
The original short Perrys were originally designed to use 2 SH
-2 Seasprites, but when the SH
-60 Seahawks were introduced to the fleet, the flight deck couldn't accommodate a Seahawk, so they were stretched to accommodate 2 Seahawks. The US Navy has since gotten rid of all of the short Perrys by selling/giving them to foreign navies, since the last Seasprite left the naval reserve in 2001. It doesn't matter which variant you get, you'd be able to operate up to 2 helicopters with any Perry.
All the Perrys left in the US Navy have had the missile launcher physically removed and the fire control systems to support missile launch and guidance have been removed as well. Replacing the launcher for foreign military sales wasn't a consideration when they made the decision to remove the launcher.
However there isn't anything preventing a new owner from contracting a contractor to rearm the ships. I think General Dynamics still maintains the launcher for the foreign ships if they ask (contract) for it. The fire control system is Dutch.
Perry's are good ships, and as long as you keep them in a medium-low threat environment, they're more capable of handling the mission that I think you guys would use them for... Just don't try to put them up against anything more than an Exocet and you should be fine.
An Exocet is probably pushing it.
Other navies have received our Perrys: Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Poland, to name a few. I am guessing you guys are probably getting USS Sides (FFG-14) and USS George Philip (FFG-12) (both are the original short Perrys) as these were just decomissioned earlier this year. I think you guys will probably have a better track record at maintaining them than some of the other countries which aren't used to maintaining a ship with 1970's technology.
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