O primeiro helicóptero Leonardo Merlin HM.2 equipado com o sistema Crowsnest Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) completou seu primeiro voo. A empresa contratada pela Lockheed Martin UK confirmou que a aeronave de testes designada decolou da instalação da Leonardo Helicopters em Yeovil equip...
It has emerged that the MoD has accepted that it will have to provide additional funds to make the Type 31e a credible frigate that can defend itself in the face of modern threats. Here we take a brief look at the implications.Yesterday the Daily Telegraph published an article with a very misleading headline “MoD to scrap cut-price frigates plan” but the rest of the piece then correctly went on to say that the price cap for the ships has effectively been abandoned. The Type 31e project is not being scrapped but the MoD will somehow have to find more cash.Adjustments to the terms of the Type 31 contract will see the winning bidder build the platform for around £250M but the MoD will provide a greater part of the equipment fit. It had always been understood that some Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) could come directly from the Type 23 frigates as they are decommissioned. This could possibly include major items such as Sea Ceptor missile system, 4.5″ gun, Artisan radar, and hull-mounted sonar. This will require Type 23 frigates to be withdrawn to remove these systems, then time to install and integrate them on the new ships in time to avoid a reduction in frigate numbers. There are also many other modern weapons, sensors, communications, decoy systems and electronics that a credible Type 31 might need, the Type 23 is not a completely compatible donor and cannot provide everything.Whatever might be transferred from the Type 23s, the MoD will have to purchase significant extra kit. It is also agreeing to underwrite more of the financial risk which could come from changes in FOREX rates and inflation. It would probably be more sensible and honest to accept the real price each Type 31 will be around £350M and this is becoming a more ‘normal’ procurement process.Seen in the context of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, this development could be the death knell for attempts to stimulate exports with the offer of a “cheap frigate”. The UK was always going to have an uphill struggle to sell the Type 31e, competing in a crowded market with more established European warship exporters and cheap competition from China. Alternatively, a more honest offer for a low-mid range frigate might attract a few new customers who are looking for a warship with a realistic price tag. Unfortunately, many nations that can afford mid-range frigates may have their own, or want to develop, a sovereign construction capability and are not interested in buying from overseas.Along with many others, we predicted the £250M price was not viable for a credible frigate as far back as 2015 so it seems extraordinary that this issue was not recognised and resolved a long time ago. It is also strange timing, given that the project is now well into the competitive design phase to start moving the goalposts. Either this was another ‘conspiracy of optimism’ to get Type 31 through the 2015 SDSR or a tactic to drive the price right down, with an unspoken acceptance that the figure would always rise in the long run. The Telegraph article suggests that the temporary suspension of the project in the Summer of 2018 was caused by industry concerns about the price rather than an intellectual property rights issue as many had thought.The Type 31 has clearly blown its £1.25Bn budget and more funds will have to be found from somewhere. Everyone agrees the MoD’s future equipment plan is unaffordable to varying degrees and finding something in the region of £500M will be another problem lying in wait for the new Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt. The new minister is expected to be even more sympathetic to the needs of Navy than her predecessor and this will be an interesting examination of her priorities.Sources inside the Navy say they remain “relaxed” about progress with the Type 31e project and still expect the project to deliver on time. The winning bid will be announced in December this year and the first steel will be cut in 2020.
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The UK Ministry of Defence has signed an £85 million contract with engineering company Rolls-Royce to maintain the engines of the Royal Navy’s Type-23 frigate fleet.The contract includes a comprehensive support package to Spey gas turbines, including the overhaul of engines, provision of spares, as well as engineering and safety support.As explained, updates to the turbines are vital as they boost propulsion in the Type-23 frigates. They are also key pieces of equipment for anti-submarine warfare.The Type-23 frigate is able to carry out a wide variety of operations, from securing the UK’s vital maritime trade routes East of the Suez Canal to safeguarding British interests in the South Atlantic.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the contract at HMNB Devonport where he saw Thursday War training which prepares the Royal Navy for war-fighting, humanitarian relief and emergency situations through a variety of drills and exercises.“This £85m contract demonstrates the UK’s commitment to modernisation through the maintenance of our formidable Type-23s,” Minister Andrew said.The contract will see Rolls-Royce overhaul thirty Type-23 engines from the UK and NATO partners Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands.The contract is expected to deliver a £35 million increase in savings to the MOD over the next eight years, by incentivising Rolls-Royce to improve repair schemes, minimise unnecessary work and procure spares at a lower cost. This will result in shorter, less expensive overhauls, the MOD said in a statement.Rolls-Royce will project manage the support contract, while the main overhaul and repair work will be carried out by RWG based in Aberdeen.“The Type 23 frigate is central to Royal Navy operations around the world and keeping it at the forefront of operations is critical,” Defence Equipment and Support Chief of Materiel Ships Vice Admiral Chris Gardner noted.
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Almost half of the Royal Navy’s fleet of frigates and destroyers is inactive because of long-term repairs.The Ministry of Defence has admitted that six of its 13 Type 23 frigates and three of its six Type 45 destroyers are in scheduled upkeep and therefore cannot be deployed.The frigates are undergoing engine upgrades and work to extend their lifespan because delays to their replacements mean their use must stretch beyond the intended 20 years.
The Royal Navy has been decimated, but Iran's insolence shows why Britain must still rule the wavesCHARLES MOOREOur best-known patriotic song is based on the idea that “Britannia rules the waves”. Not the world; the waves. Until quite recently, it was axiomatic that Britain’s greatness was sea-borne. The Army mattered greatly, but only sometimes. The Royal Navy mattered all the time.
You are at :Home»Event News»DSEI 2019»Navantia & BMT to Unveil FSS Design Proposal at DSEI 2019 Navantia & BMT To Unveil FSS Design Proposal At DSEI 2019Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia will be exhibiting at DSEI 2019 and is set to unveil its design proposal for the UK Ministry of Defence 's Fleet Solid Support (FSS) programme alongside its partner, BMT.Xavier Vavasseur 19 Aug 2019Navantia will be displaying its latest shipbuilding innovations, and providing details of some of the most significant projects that the company is involved with. These include: The recently signed contract for the next generation Spanish frigate, F-110; the S-80 AIP submarine, and the two Royal Australian Navy vessels currently under construction in Spain.Navantia’s Fleet Solid Support ship designWorking with suppliers from across the UK, Navantia has submitted a proposal to the UK Ministry of Defence for the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) programme. As part of its offer, Navantia is looking to grow the UK supply chain for this, and other new build programmes. Navantia and its partner, BMT, will unveil the design of their FSS on Tuesday 10 September. Navantia will also be holding a UK Supplier Event during the show to explore opportunities for future collaboration with British industry.The future FSS ships are set to replae the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)’s Solid Support Ships, RFA Fort Austin and RFA Fort Rosalie. The FSS will be tasked with supplying dry stores (ammunition, explosives, food…) to Royal Navy ships at sea.On 16 May 2018, a contract notice was placed for two solid support ships, with a probable option of a third later. The requirements call for:a total cargo capacity of up to 7,000 m3 (250,000 cubic feet)a sustained speed of 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)the ability to deliver non-bulk logistic material whilst underway at 12 knotsthe ability to transfer single loads of up to 5 tonnesEarly in the process, competitors for the FSS program included:A British consortium (Babcock, BAE Systems, Cammell Laird, Rolls-Royce)NavantiaFincantieriJapan Marine UnitedDaewoo Shipbuilding and Marine EngineeringNavantia’s booth will be located at Excel South pavilion, booth S9-270