Harpoon4: Data Annexes 4.1
Ships, Aircraft, & Weapons
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This book provides platform, weapons, and sensor information for the systems used in Harpoon, fourth edition, second printing. It covers the major navies of the world, concentrating on the European and North American continents. Ships and aircraft in service as of 1996 are included.
Pacific navies are covered in the supplement of Sea of Dragons. Royal Navy ships and aircraft from 1960 to 1997 are covered in the supplement White Ensign. NATO and Soviet ships of the 1980s through 1995 will be covered in the supplement High Tide, now in development. US ships from 1960 to 1975 will be covered in the supplement Stars & Stripes, also in development.
Countries are listed alphabetically, and ships classes from major to minor, and then from newest to oldest. Sometimes ship classes have more than one name, or for many ex-Soviet ships, a code name assigned by NATO in addition to the Russian's class or project name. A typical case is the British Sheffield class, commonly referred to as the "Type 42" in the UK. there is a class name index at the beginning of Annex A which cross-indexes all known names for a class to the appropriate listing and page numbers.
Aircraft listing include data for all major types. When there is no significant difference between two versions of an aircraft they are combined into a single listing. Planes are listed alphabetically by country and then by name.
If a ship or aircraft name is italicized, it is a hypothetical design, either planned but never built, or built as a prototype but never placed into the service.
Although there are many sources which discuss modern weapons systems, they often disagree significantly on important specifications or performance data. There is also a great difference in the amount of information provided by different countries. Most Western countries provide reasonably detailed statistics on the armaments, but the Swedes and the Israelis provide almost nothing. The Soviets were incredibly close-mouthed, but the Russians, desperate for export dollars, now print an amazing amount of detail about their equipment. We have marked some sources in the bibliography that were especially useful.
All the contradictory data must be reconciled and gaps filled with our best estimates. The Annexes represent our subjective, if educated, opinion about the systems covered. If you disagree with the information in the Annexes, feel free to change them. If you have information to share, or spot an error, please contact us through Clash of Arms and share what you know, or at least point us to a reference that we may have missed. We always answer our mail.