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TYPE 45 DARING CLASS SHIPS EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS, BUT NUMBER IN CLASS INADEQUATE
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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HMS Daring leaving Portsmouth, UK

Source: Royal Navy


HMS Daring leaving Portsmouth, UK

Source: Royal Navy


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - All the Type 45 destroyers ordered for the Royal Navy are now in service and the project has been concluded. No more ships of this class will be ordered for the Royal Navy. Although the class remains theoretically available to export customers, all marketing efforts have now been placed behind the Type 26 "Global Combat Ship."

The tragedy of this class is that it was so long in development that by the time the ships were being built, changes in government priorities meant the resources needed to complete the class in full had been reassigned.

In a larger sense, the problems with the Type 45 program are becoming increasingly common across the world. Technical complexity and risk combined with the sheer cost of modern defense programs are slowing down the execution of such projects. At the same time, operational and strategic requirements are changing at an ever-increasing rate, driven by communications technology and data dissemination developments. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to produce warship designs in a timely manner and see them in service while the rationale for their development is still valid. This is, of course, not a dilemma restricted to the warship construction industry.

The solution to this dilemma is not easy to see. The current trend toward building ships that have a relatively simple, basic fit that can be supplemented by "mission packages" is one approach that has promise, in that it allows the operational capability of existing ships to be changed relatively quickly. Whether this approach is appropriate to ships that have to face the extreme upper end of the threat spectrum has yet to be determined.

The Type 45 program is now complete. The ships have a long life ahead of them but activity will be restricted to modernization and upkeep. No new ships of this class are likely to be built.

Source:  Forecast International Naval Systems Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: September 29, 2016
Author: Stuart Slade, Naval Systems Analyst 
Posted: 09/29/2016

 
 
CHANGES TO FUTURE LHA SHIPS CREATING AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CLASS
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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USS America (LHA-6) during acceptance trials in 2014

Source: GE


USS America (LHA-6) during acceptance trials in 2014

Source: GE


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - The successful sea trials of LHA-6 USS America have taken place against a background of controversy over this class. It has become increasingly apparent that omitting the well deck needed to operate landing craft was a serious mistake. Without that well deck, the ability of the ships to land heavy armor across a beach is severely compromised. The next three ships in the class, LHA-8, LHA-9, and LHA-10, will be redesigned to include a well deck. This means that the whole stern half of the ship will require major revision.

If this redesign work is carried out properly, the changes will be so extensive that the result will be an entirely different class. In naval design, there is an established principle that what start as minor changes ripple throughout the whole design, affecting the final ship in ways that are unpredictable. Yet, designing an entirely new ship would be time-consuming. It would also open the door toward including additional "desired features" that could result in the evolution of a very large and expensive vessel. The progress of the contractual arrangements for LHA-8 suggests that the temptation to make additional changes beyond those needed to include a well deck has been resisted.

The LHA-6 design as we know it now will terminate at two hulls. Beyond that point, things grow increasingly hazy. The original plan was for LHA-8 to commission in 2020. This was probably only achievable if the ship were identical to LHA-7. With the decision to shift to a well-deck design and the year's delay in the program resulting from design and construction issues, it is likely that commissioning will be delayed until at least 2021/22.

Some reports have suggested that LHA-8 will not join the fleet until 2024. However, the progress made in funding these ships suggests that this is too pessimistic and that 2022 is a likely compromise. This will have the effect of bringing future ships forward accordingly.

Source:  Forecast International Naval Systems Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: September 29, 2016
Author: Stuart Slade, Naval Systems Analyst 
Posted: 09/29/2016

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN TO PROVIDES PROTOTYPE EQUIPMENT FOR SHIP SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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SSDS (Ship Self-Defense System)

Source: US DoD


SSDS (Ship Self-Defense System)

Source: US DoD


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WASHINGTON - Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., of Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $38,648,663 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, from the United States Navy, for the production of, and support engineering for, production prototype test articles/commercially equivalent equipment for display and processing hardware and test bed simulators used for Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) development.

Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in September 2021.

Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2016 research, development, testing, and evaluation funding in the amount of $1,440,073 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received.

The U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren Virginia, is the contracting activity. The contract award number is N00178-16-D-3000.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/957168
Source Date: September 27, 2016
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 09/28/2016

 

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