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followed by 18 months of detailed design and
The ship will have a displacement of 5,000-
6,000 tonnes and will be adaptable for a variety of
roles, although it is anticipated there will be eight
anti-submarine and five general purpose vessels.
It will share common design modules with the
Daring (Type 45) class destroyers and will benefit
from the technology of the Type 23 (Duke class)
frigate Capability Sustainability Programme.
It is likely to have a complement of 115 with
15-20 flight crew and Royal Marines. Thanks to
automation it will have a total crew of 130 plus 36
personnel added in a crisis.
It will probably be CODLOG propulsion but
the new generation of diesels have not been ruled
out. But an integrated electric propulsion system
has been ruled out as having too high an acoustic
signature. An all-electric propulsion has not been
The ship will be capable of 27-28 knots and it
will have a range of some 7,000 nautical miles
(13,000 kilometres) at 15 knots. The British wish
to export their design and have publicly stated
they would welcome observers or representatives
onto the design team although the window of
opportunity is clearly beginning to close. A
couple of representatives have joined the British
programme from the Commonwealth but the
British would like more from elsewhere in the
Meanwhile an Initial Gate decision on the
Future Mine Countermeasures/Hydrographic/
Patrol Vessel (FMHPV) is anticipated in 2017-
2018. This will combine the characteristics of the
River, Clyde, Hunt, Sandown classes as well as
Rolls Royce Marine are emphasising their MT
30 gas turbine which is now being offered to
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Korea and Turkey.
For Australia the company are proposing it for
the New Frigate programme which is scheduled
to enter service some three years after the Type 26
which is likely to have this gas turbine. Brazil’s
frigate requirement is likely to begin about
2014-2015 while Canada is close to launching
the Surface Combatant programme, a 6,000 tonne
platform to replace destroyers and frigates. For
Turkey it is a contender for TF 2000. For most of
these programmes the MT 30 is associated with
the Global Combat Ship, although stand-alone
installations are also being marketed.
An exception is the Korean FFX whose Ulsan
1 (FFX Batch 1) ships are reported to be fitted
with GE LM 2500 engines used in other Korean
ships which have been paid off. This source is
likely to diminish and for Batch 2 new engines
will be required, although it seems likely that for
logistical reasons Seoul will retain LM 2500.
Rolls-Royce are likely to benefit from
their most recent acquisition Tognum, which
manufactures the widely used MTU diesels. The
company made an Euro 3.2 billion bid in March
and this is important because MTU is the driving
force in a revolution which has seen a significant
improvement in the power-to-weight ratio of
high-speed marine diesels. This in turn had made
it possible to build diesel-only warships with top
speeds approaching or exceeding 30 knots. Rolls
will incorporate their Bergmann diesel engine
business into a new diesel engine business.
The Australian Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD)
programme was briefly mentioned by a number of
manufacturers at DSEi.
With the redistribution of module construction
following BAE System’s recognition that its yard
is over-extended, Navantia is in line for a number
of modules. Company representatives stated the
work would be performed at the El Ferrol yard
but that negotiations were still under way with the
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems
stated they had delivered six Typhoon Mk 25
Mod 2 guns for the AWDs. Typhoon is a family
of stabilised, lightweight, small-calibre weapon
systems designed for autonomous operation or as
an integral part of the combat system.
Ultra Electronics’ Sonar and Communications
highlighted their Sea Sentor surface ship torpedo
defence system. This is module of the Integrated
Sonar System assembly being provided to the
AWD and while based upon a soft-kill option Sea
Sentor may later have a hard kill one.
The Pakistan Ordnance Factory displayed a new
version of the G-3 rifle.
The G3S has a 350mm barrel and is a lighter
weight weapon than its predecessors and is
designed to be suitable for close quarter combat.
The launch customer was Bahrain a year ago and
the government is ordering more but due to the
internal situation Islamabad is delaying supplies.
The Pakistan Army have evaluated it and POF
Making their first appearance at DSEi were
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering
but the company was showing considerable
No one was available to discus the reported sale
of two submarines to Indonesia. It is well known
the yard has been refitting and upgrading Jakarta’s
two Type 209s in succession.
The yard is currently involved in the KSS-2
(Type 214) submarine programme and anticipates
the KSS-3 programme which has slipped several
years. This will be for a 3,000-tonne boat,
possibly with air independent propulsion, and it is
believed it will start about 2015.
Raytheon were highlighting a synthetic aperture
sonar developed by Applied Signal Technology.
This is a high resolution sensor suitable for
mine counter-measures, hydrographic and
oceanographic operations. The beam covers a
swatch typically 150 metres wide and can detect
objets only a few centimetres across. The 175kHz
sensor can be used as a towed array or in an
autonomous unmanned vehicle and operates some
15-20 metres above the sea bed.
The sensor is being evaluated by the Royal
Australian Navy to meet a requirement with
requests for proposals anticipated by the end of
the year. It has been demonstrated in Jervis Bay
behind a Bluefin AUV and detected exercise
Raytheon Missile Systems has signed a
US$65.5 million (A$66.7 million) contract to
deliver five Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon
systems to the Korea Navy for its FFX-1 (Ulsan
1) class frigates. They will be installed from 2013
and represent Phalanx’s largest sale to South
Rolls-Royce Marine revealed it had won a contract from India’s Cochin
Shipyard to supply 60 water jets for a new fleet of 20 fast patrol vessels for
the Indian Coast Guard.
The Pakistan Ordnance Factory displayed a new version of the G-3 rifle
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