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What is this thing on the back of the Halland, is it a depth charge launcher, or a missile rack?

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Looks like a line thrower of some kind. That or yet another flavor of rocket flare illumination device, to supplement the rails on the turret sides. Looks like it's ready service locket is forward of the tub it's in. 

3 minutes ago, AVR__Project said:

"In the stern there was also a mounting with two launchrails for firing the Robot 08 anti-ship missile."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSwMS_Småland_(J19)

The Smaland has a pair of Rb-08's closer to amidships, as modeled in game. The launch rails are fairly substantial.

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4 minutes ago, Kuramitsu said:

It's a harpoon 

A bit of whaling is always fun when you have no humans to shoot at.

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48 minutes ago, SgtBeltfed said:

Looks like a line thrower of some kind. That or yet another flavor of rocket flare illumination device, to supplement the rails on the turret sides. Looks like it's ready service locket is forward of the tub it's in. 

The Smaland has a pair of Rb-08's closer to amidships, as modeled in game. The launch rails are fairly substantial.

Midship would be STORAGE locations.

I talked with a few sailors from back in the 60s about ship launched missiles.
Missiles like the Robot and Rb-08 need a serious booster stage to get off the ship. (like a JATO)
These boosters notoriously burned off the hand-railings and set the paint on fire, so a fire crew was sent out right after each launch, then the cleanup crews went to work before the metal started to corrode away.  They would oil the hot railings so they wouldn't get brittle from the heat.

Any missile launches in those days were bow and stern.  Launching from mid-ship would be catastrophic.

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1 hour ago, AVR__Project said:

Midship would be STORAGE locations.

I talked with a few sailors from back in the 60s about ship launched missiles.
Missiles like the Robot and Rb-08 need a serious booster stage to get off the ship. (like a JATO)
These boosters notoriously burned off the hand-railings and set the paint on fire, so a fire crew was sent out right after each launch, then the cleanup crews went to work before the metal started to corrode away.  They would oil the hot railings so they wouldn't get brittle from the heat.

Any missile launches in those days were bow and stern.  Launching from mid-ship would be catastrophic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_Rb_08#/media/File:Robot_08_skott.jpeg

The missile is coming off the rail FORWARD of the aft most 40mm gun tub.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RBS-15#/media/File:HMS_Smaland,_radar_and_missiles.JPG

And a picture of the launchers themselves.

There is no crane available to move the missiles from that launcher to ships sides, and there isn't room for the missiles to travel on the mine rails running the sides of the ship with the missile assembled. You would not store a missile assembled, disassemble it, move it to the stern, then re-assemble it in order to fire it. The missiles weigh just under a ton each, you are not manhandling them anywhere.

Looks like the way the Swedes dealt with the blast of the rocket motors is by raising the launcher up, so that it clears everything.

Also, the 1984 pound miniature airplane that is the Rb08 missile isn't fitting on whatever that is sitting on the stern.

** Just thinking about it, the thing on the stern may be radio direction finding gear or other antenna, positioned way to the stern to get it away from the rest of the ships radars and radios.

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1 hour ago, SgtBeltfed said:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_Rb_08#/media/File:Robot_08_skott.jpeg

The missile is coming off the rail FORWARD of the aft most 40mm gun tub.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RBS-15#/media/File:HMS_Smaland,_radar_and_missiles.JPG

And a picture of the launchers themselves.

There is no crane available to move the missiles from that launcher to ships sides, and there isn't room for the missiles to travel on the mine rails running the sides of the ship with the missile assembled. You would not store a missile assembled, disassemble it, move it to the stern, then re-assemble it in order to fire it. The missiles weigh just under a ton each, you are not manhandling them anywhere.

Looks like the way the Swedes dealt with the blast of the rocket motors is by raising the launcher up, so that it clears everything.

Also, the 1984 pound miniature airplane that is the Rb08 missile isn't fitting on whatever that is sitting on the stern.

** Just thinking about it, the thing on the stern may be radio direction finding gear or other antenna, positioned way to the stern to get it away from the rest of the ships radars and radios.

I've seen the same photos, and seeing as the launch rails were mounted on top of the topedo tubes, it would make sense if they were rotated 90 degrees to the ship's axis for launch. My guess is like yours, the thing in the back is part of the radio guidance system.

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Looks a lot like a certain martian's (There's supposed to be an earth shattering KABOOM!!!) laser.

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