Fragatas F-100 e Navios logísticos para a AustráliaSolução «espanhola» para o maior contrato na história da marinha australia19.06.2007O Primeiro Ministro australiano John Howard, anunciou nesta Quarta Feira a aquisição por parte da Austrália de três fragatas do tipo F-100, projecto da empresa espanhola Navantia juntamente com dois navios logísticos anfíbios por cerca de 6.800 milhões de Euros.Juntamente com a já esperada decisão de aquisição das três fragatas F-100 , fortemente baseadas na tecnologia de empresas americanas, o governo da Austrália anunciou ainda que a marinha daquele país, vai também adquirir à empresa espanhola dois navios de apoio logístico do tipo «BPE» com um deslocamento de 27.000 toneladas cada um.O governo australiano, optou pelas fragatas F-100 por terem não só um preço inferior ao do projecto concorrente da americana Gibbs & Cox, como por se tratar de navios que já existem, ao contrário do projecto americano que é apenas um projecto de «papel» que embora de dimensões e características superiores ao navio espanhol, não conseguiu convencer a marinha australiana.A opção pelas fragatas F-100 acabou por servir de argumento para que a marinha australiana optasse também por adquirir os navios de apoio logístico baseados no projecto «BPE», presentemente em construção para a marinha da Espanha.Os navios do tipo F-100 serão todos construídos em estaleiros australianos e 55% dos custos com a construção dos navios serão gastos no próprio país, sendo o restante gasto essencialmente com a importação dos sistemas electrónicos, canhões, mísseis, radares e outro tipo de sensores que serão de origem norte-americana.Os navios de apoio logístico, serão construídos pela empresa TENIX, a mesma empresa que construiu as fragatas Anzac e serão os maiores navios armados operados pela marinha da Austrália, sendo mesmo maiores em termos de deslocamento que os porta-aviões britânicos adquiridos por empréstimo pela marinha daquele país nos anos 50 e 60.Além de terem capacidade para transportar aeronaves, do tipo F-35B (de descolagem vertical) eles têm uma doca que permite operações anfíbias e o desembarque directo de veículos blindados de infantaria e mesmo carros de combate pesados. Pelas suas dimensões estes navios são na prática contratorpedeiros O custo total do projecto deverá rondar os 6.800 milhões de Euros (R$ 17.5 bilhões) As fragatas australianas utilizarão mísseis SM3.
Citação de: "Cabeça de Martelo"Isso seria um encaixe financeiro bestial para os estaleiros Espanhóis. Matavam dois coelhos com uma cajadada, ou seja, garantiam um contracto muito lucrativo e ganhavam ainda mais destaque e visibilidade no mercado internacional.Eso no va a suceder.USA no va a vender su Aegis a España para que esta luego le fabrique los barcos a Australia, de ningun modo.El caso de Noruega fue diferente porque no entraba Gibbs and Cox compitiendo con Navantia.En este caso ganaran los politicos, aunque a los almirantes no les guste.
Isso seria um encaixe financeiro bestial para os estaleiros Espanhóis. Matavam dois coelhos com uma cajadada, ou seja, garantiam um contracto muito lucrativo e ganhavam ainda mais destaque e visibilidade no mercado internacional.
Labor 'inherited Navy nightmare': FitzgibbonNot up to the job: Adelaide Class frigate HMAS Sydney (Department of Defence)Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the previous federal government is to blame for serious problems with the Royal Australian Navy's frontline fighting ships.It has been revealed the 1970s-built Adelaide Class guided missile frigates still cannot be sent into battle zones, despite a $1.5 billion upgrade.A whistleblower has told News Limited newspapers the situation is so bad, sailors are quitting the Navy.Mr Fitzgibbon says he is working to rectify the failings of the Howard Government."Trying to make a 21st Century warship out of such an old vessel always carried very significant risks," he said."The important thing is that we're determined to get value for taxpayers' money and we're determined to deliver the Navy and other services the capability they need."These are significant nightmares we've inherited, but we're determined to set them right."
Sailors quit as dud frigates unfit for battleArticle from: By Ian McPhedran, Defence WriterJanuary 02, 2008 12:00amAUSTRALIA'S naval defence is in tatters with claims that despite a $1.4 billion "upgrade", frontline fighting ships are unable to be sent into battle.For the first time a navy insider close to the 4000-tonne Adelaide class guided missile frigates upgrade project has provided details of one of the biggest defence scandals in the nation's history. The whistleblower told The Daily Telegraph that the situation is so dire that sailors are quitting the navy because their ships can not be deployed to the Middle East or other conflict zones.And senior officials now admit that the 1997 frigate upgrade project was a "debacle" created by the Howard government's decision to maximise the sale price of the Sydney-based contractor Australian Defence Industries when it was sold to French firm Thales.The project is four years late, includes four ships - not the original six as commissioned - and they just don't work.Late last year Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Russ Shalders refused to accept HMAS Sydney, the first ship in the program, for "operational release" because its war fighting systems did not function properly.The whistleblower said the ships' anti-missile and anti-torpedo systems could not be integrated and their electronic support measures - the ship's eyes and ears for detecting incoming airborne threats - were a joke."That means they would be going into a war zone virtually blind," the informant said. In addition the ships are unable to link their helicopters to war fighting data or use long-range chaff which confuses enemy missiles and takes them away from the ship.The ships are also unable to integrate towed and on-board sonars to detect enemy torpedoes.Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said the FFG upgrade was "another nightmare" that Labor had inherited and would have to manage as best as it could.According to government auditors up to 98 per cent of the money has already been paid to Thales despite the fact the project is four years late and not one ship is operational.
jueves 27 de marzo de 2008LA ARMADA DE AUSTRALIA Y SU "LISTA DE DESEOS"La Armada de Australia ha escrito una especie de "lista de deseos" por valor de 4000 millones de dólares.Principalmente, la Armada desea un tercer buque anfibio y un cuarto destructor antiaéreo como los que fabricará Navantia.Además de los buques, la Armada quiere misiles Tomahawk para submarinos.Estos requerimientos se entienden como una manera de presionar al Gobierno para que incluya estos medios en la edición del Libro Blanco de Defensa con los medios a adquirir para los próximos diez años. El Gobierno australiano ha decidido revisar los costes de Defensa para los próximos años, con la intención de recortar 1000 millones de dólares anuales del presupuesto.
Aircraft carrier on navy's secret $4bn wish listBy Ian McPhedranMarch 25, 2008 01:08amArticle from: The Daily TelegraphTHE Royal Australian Navy has produced a secret $4 billion "wish list" that includes an aircraft carrier, an extra air warfare destroyer and long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles for its submarine fleet.The RAN wants a third 26,000 tonne amphibious ship equipped with vertical take-off jet fighters, a fourth $2 billion air warfare destroyer and cruise missiles that could strike targets thousands of kilometres away.The list comes at a time when the RAN can barely find enough sailors to crew its existing fleet.It also coincides with a Federal Government push to save $1 billion a year in defence costs as well as a government-ordered White Paper which will set the spending priorities for the next two decades.According to insiders, the Government was unimpressed by the RAN's push for more firepower at a time when the Government is aiming to slash spending."The navy is out of control," one defence source said.It is understood that the wish list was the final straw in the tense relationship between the Government and Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Russ Shalders - who will be replaced in July by Rear Admiral Russell Crane.Admiral Shalders last year also pushed hard for an expensive US-designed destroyer, but lost out to the cheaper, Spanish option.Taxpayers will spend more than $11 billion to provide the RAN with the two 26,000-tonne amphibious ships and three air-warfare destroyers equipped with 48 vertical launch missiles.The two big ships, known as Landing Helicopter Docks, are designed for amphibious assaults and will be fitted with helicopters and be capable of carrying more than 1000 troops and heavy vehicles such as tanks and trucks.The RAN wants a third ship to carry vertical take-off fighter jets.Its last aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, was decommissioned in 1982 before being sold for scrap.The latest ships are 10m longer and 8m wider than the Melbourne and will be built in Spain and fitted out at the Tenix shipyard in Melbourne.The Spanish navy will carry 30 Harrier jump jets aboard its similar ships.They will each cost more than $1.7 billion. The fighters would cost about $100 million each. The destroyers will cost about $2 billion each, taking the total cost to more than $4 billion.Tomahawk cruise missiles cost about $1 million each and can carry a 450kg conventional or 200 kiloton nuclear warhead more than 2500km.In the past Australia has stayed away from long-range strike missiles for fear of triggering a regional arms race.The wish list is what the RAN would like to see make up part of the White Paper process which will later this year provide a strategic blueprint for the defence of the nation for the next 20 years.That process will direct new spending worth more than $50 billion over the next 10 years.
há uns tempos falou-se da possibilidade de um TERCEIRO BPE que teria mais funções de porta-aviões
24 July 2008Australian submarine first to fire new heavyweight torpedoThe Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, today congratulated the crew of the Australian submarine, HMAS Waller, for being the first submarine to successfully fire a new heavyweight torpedo that has been jointly developed by Australia and the United States (US).The firing occurred during the Rim of the Pacific 2008 (RIMPAC 08) exercise, involving multiple navies off the coast of Hawaii between June and July. This controlled exercise resulted in the planned sinking of a retired US warship.“This represents the first new heavyweight torpedo warshot to be fired by either Navy. Just as significant is the fact that the warshot torpedo was assembled in Australia,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.The MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) torpedo is the latest enhancement for the MK 48.Considered the world’s premier submarine-launched torpedo, the MK 48 Mod 7 represents a superior capability against both surface ships and submarines with sonar enhancements that make the torpedo an effective weapon in shallow water and in a countermeasure environment.The development of the CBASS torpedo has been achieved under an Armaments Cooperative Program between the United States Navy (USN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). This partnership has established common requirements, interfaces, configurations and maintenance standards enabling any Australian or US submarine to load torpedoes prepared by any Australian or US torpedo maintenance facility.This submarine partnership has also led to co-development of a new replacement combat system, which is being progressively integrated into USN nuclear submarines and RAN diesel-electric submarines.This successful live fire exercise underscores the maturity of the joint torpedo and submarine combat system programs for the RAN and USN.“For Australia in particular, this exercise has been a successful demonstration of the ongoing capability of the Collins Class submarine,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.