I think 32 is the minimum, nice to see that officially offered. I got to say, I was reading something the other day and they were talking about 48 like it was a done deal. Wasn't official, but seemed informed. I think most people would hope for 32 VLS fitted, room for 48, even if its just 16 VLS additional self defense type cells, ideally in a 2nd location. To withstand damage from attack, or from miss fires. I don't believe the Hunter program can be accelerated any more than it already is in terms of cutting steel. We pushed as far as we can with that realistically. We might be able to increase drum beats. But that will take time. I wonder if we could build frigates at the WA build site, or blocks of the hunters there to speed up production. Really for a proper air defence ship based off the hunters, increasing the number of cells is probably the only key requirement. Radar, combat system, CEC, self defence etc is as good if not better than the DDG's.