The Gripen NG fighter jet by all accounts is an excellent fighting aircraft and in direct comparisons can keep up with the world’s best, costing nearly half the price of the F-35. Gripen performance is very strong even compared to the most expensive fighters When comparing the Gripen to other fighter jets that are available on the market, things look very positive for Saab, despite the difficulties finding clients. The jet can outcompete the Eurofighter for instance in a number of key areas. Whilst there is never a perfect fighter and each will have its downsides, the Gripen’s lower price tag is not backed up with lesser performance. Whilst being nearly $40m cheaper than a Eurofighter the Gripen has a better range, higher speed, less weight and lower operating costs. Currently the Eurofighter can provide a larger range of variant types to suit different operating roles, but ultimately the Gripen can carry all relevant NATO spec weapons, so countries are not lumbered with new weapon costs or retrofits. Gripen’s overall cost of a fleet of 150 NG Gripens for more than 40 years is approximately $22bn. Which when compared to the F-35 that the USA and UK are purchasing is significantly cheaper at 48% of the cost of a fleet of 65 F-35As. So effectively a country could purchase a great deal more fighters and still save money over the F-35. Ultimately unless the country is requiring some unique and staggeringly expensive stealth technology (which is the technological focus of the new breed of top fighters) then the Gripen is an extremely good package for the money compared to what else is available.
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The Brazilian Navy’s newest ship, the multipurpose helicopter carrier PHM Atlantico (A140), is slated to arrive in Rio de Janeiro . Brazil bought the former UK Royal Navy 21,578-tonne, 203 m-long HMS Ocean for GBP84.6 million (USD108.7 million) , as part of its strategic ‘Obtaining Full Operational Capability’ programme. HMS Ocean was decommissioned from Royal Navy service on 27 March, and commissioned as PHM Atlantico at HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, UK, on 29 June. #royalnavy #BrazilianNavy #hmsocean # PHM Atlantico source :https://goo.gl/kYujGZ
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BRITAIN’S new futuristic laser-based weapons are being prepared, for full power testing in a key step to get them deployed on tanks and warships.
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The Ministry of Defence has announced a £160m. contract with BAE Systems to update the power and propulsion system fitted to all of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers, which each cost around £1bn to build. Contractors have claimed the Ministry of Defence did not tell them that the 8,000-ton destroyers would be spending a long time in warm waters. The six warships have an engine which is at risk of cutting out at sea, leaving servicemen stranded for hours in total darkness. The Power Improvement Project will enhance the resilience of the Type 45 class by installing additional power generation sources in each ship. Delivered as a major conversion project, the PIP will replace the two existing generators with three larger units capable of delivering the ships’ propulsion. Guernsey was offered an affiliation to the ship in 2007 by first sea lord and chief of naval staff Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, to continue the long established links with the Royal Navy. Such affiliations are designed to help strengthen ties with local communities and the Navy also provides benefits for organisations such as naval associations, youth groups and charities.
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HMS Forth, the first of five second-batch River-class offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy, was officially received by the UK defense ministry on Thursday. Forth will be commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet at her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base later this year. UK defense procurement minister Guto Bebb MP visited BAE Systems’ Clyde shipyards on January 25 to announce the formal acceptance of HMS Forth and witness progress on the Type 26 program as production started on the second hull section of Glasgow, the first of the City-class frigates. Forth will remain at the Scotstoun yard in Glasgow for a short period to complete some additional work requested by the defense ministry and on departure will be the first warship to leave Glasgow since HMS Duncan in 2013. Medway, the second of class, was named in October 2017 and is set to depart for sea trials in the first half of this year, while Trent will be formally named in the spring. Tamar and Spey, the last of the River-class OPVs are currently under production at BAE Systems’ Govan yard. “It has been a pleasure to welcome the Minister to our facilities today and we were proud to show him around,” Iain Stevenson, BAE Systems Naval Ships managing director, said. Manufacture of the first Type 26, Glasgow, began in July 2017 and is progressing well with production starting on the second zone of the ship. The first hull section is already taking shape at the Govan yard and the second houses the main machinery space, aviation stores for embarked helicopters and a recreational area for the ships’ 59 senior rates. During the visit BAE Systems also announced the signing of a £5.6 million contract with General Electric to establish an electrical integration and test facility in Whetstone, Leicestershire, to enable de-risking integration tests for the Type 26 propulsion systems. The agreement, which follows a previous design development contract signed in 2016, brings the total committed investment in the facility to around £13 million.
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at the earliest, sixth-generation fighters may crop up in the 2030s or 2040s—by which time concepts in air warfare will likely have evolved yet again. The American development and deployment of Fifth-Generation stealth aircraft like the F-35 Lightning is one of the central stories of today’s security zeitgeist. But behind the scenes, several countries are already looking ahead to the design of a Sixth-Generation jet. The Sixth-Generation fighter developers can be divided into two categories: the United States, which has developed and deployed two stealth fighter types, Tempest: Apa yang Akan Terjadi Pada Fighter Masa Depan RaF? Ini akan menjadi salah satu pesawat paling canggih yang pernah dibuat ketika akhirnya datang ke layanan - tetapi apa yang akan jet tempur Tempest tawarkan militer Inggris? #UKTempest #ukSixthGeneration #ukTempestSixthGeneration Source : https://goo.gl/eRDpZE
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The sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil for £84 million marks the day in which British maritime capabilities are changing, do we require a new ‘budget’ helicopter carrier? Some who were against retaining HMS Ocean pointed to the cost/benefits ratio of investing in a capability which is only based on ‘commercial specifications’. Others argue that it would not be worthy to spend additional money on a ship that only has a 20-year lifespan. While I myself have argued in an earlier piece that it was strategically unnecessary, and also argued the need for a new amphibious carrier. However, the sale of HMS Ocean to the Brazilian Navy has proven one thing, that another nation has seen potential in the helicopter carrier for lighter duties, and will invest money to refit it to their specifications. Historically we have seen Royal Navy ships sold to other nations including Royal Navy aircraft carriers such as HMS Hermes to the Indian Navy, and these ships under new commands perform adequately and demonstrate that in fact these assets could be retained if there was investment guaranteed. While it may be the case we question the logic of the decision of the sale of HMS Ocean, the decision is made – so therefore the point of deliberation shall now turn to what can be done in the future following this acquisition, and the lessons which can be learned. The UK has three options, (1) to use the totally unsuited HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark which are amphibious dock ships to fill the capability gap, (2) purchase a built to order ship, or (3) look at a new way of creating a ‘Budget Helicopter Carrier’. That is why there is an increasing need for the UK Shipbuilding industry, not to mention the UK Shipbuilding Strategy to take this initiative and to be proactive. For the United Kingdom to carry on its status as a ‘Global Power’ and retain its ability to project power across the globe with a blue water navy it must have the assets to project its capabilities. This includes the capability of projecting air, sea, and land forces. Recently HMS Ocean was the flagship for a NATO exercise, and was deemed as being an essential asset. The role of the Royal Navy is multifaceted, and for it to be seen as a credible force, it must match is credibility with the raw capabilities that it possesses. To put it simply, it must demonstrate a ‘conventional deterrence’ against potential adversaries. Therefore, it is my argument that the Royal Navy must retain helicopter functions and an amphibious capability – all of which can be served with a new class of ‘budget’ helicopter carriers with amphibious landing capabilities. As part of our strategic national interest it is also important not to overburden those capabilities which we have such as our prized possessions the Queen Elizabeth class carriers which will have an operational lifespan for 50 years. This class of ship will be different. Thus, a new ‘budget’ helicopter carrier would complement existing and new capabilities, by providing a logistical platform to deploy both Royal Marines and attack helicopters along with landing craft, and larger aircraft for carrying troops and supplies. This new class of Helicopter carrier, with either have Apache aircraft which are currently operated by the Army Air Corps, as well as other helicopters of the Royal Air Force, such as the larger twin rotor Chinooks. This new budget carrier, will be a platform for multi-branch operations and indeed act as a command centre. Thus, the Royal Air force working together with the Royal Navy, and also the British Army Air Corps and the Royal Marines.
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The most senior member of The Royal Navy in Scotland says the world is watching to see how the newest ships in the fleet add to Britain’s Defence Capability. With the relocation of submarines to Faslane and work on another new Carrier, 2018 is shaping up as a big year for the Royal Navy in Scotland. Trident and the Vanguard-class submarines are the Royal Navy’s most high profile presence in Scotland. The Faslane Naval Base which is their home is set to expand welcoming more boats as it becomes the sole base of the submarine fleet by 2020. Five hundred million pounds will be spent by the Ministry of Defence as the Clyde becomes the centre for specialisation. Not everyone is happy with the location of the Royal Navy’s nuclear fleet on the Clyde, however, with many opposed to the Trident fleet living north of the border. Despite concerns over the future of the UK’s Defence Budget and a recent National Audit Office report highlighting holes in the defence budget, the Royal Navy continues through an intense period of construction with Scotland playing a big part. The carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, assembled at Rosyth, left Portsmouth last week on helicopter trials The second of the new aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales was recently floated for the first time at Rosyth while the new Type 24 and Type 26 frigates are also being built on the Clyde
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Germany’s defense ministry, has announced names of the five new corvettes to be built for the country’s navy. The second batch of Braunschweig-class (K130) corvettes will be named Köln, Emden, Karlsruhe, Augsburg, and Lübeck. They will also be affiliated with their namesake cities.
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Royal Navy aircraft carrier prepares to set sail with protection against 'eye ' from Russia The Royal Navy's £3 billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, dubbed 'Big Lizzie', is to set sail for the US where it will land fighter jets on its flight deck for the first time. The landmark moment will come eight years since a fast jet last flew from a British aircraft carrier. source :https://goo.gl/FBoKoh
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Britain could team up with Sweden to build a new fighter jet after being snubbed by France and Germany. British officials have held preliminary talks with the Swedes, and the Ministry of Defence is next week expected to outline plans to start developing a warplane, to replace the Typhoon. Sweden, which is in the EU, has shown interest in collaborating, and would be a natural partner through its defence manufacturer Saab, according to the Financial Times.
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Arrowhead V Leander: good choice for UK Type 31e frigate
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Japan is proposing to develop its first aircraft carriers. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) largest warship, the so-called helicopter destroyer JS Izumo, the lead ship of the Izumo-class, along with its sister ship, JS Kaga, have already been designed to operate short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighters such as Lockheed Martin’s F-35B.
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RFA Tideforce, the final of four Tide-class tankers being built for the UK in South Korea, was named on January 24 in a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea. The ceremony was attended by Royal Marine General Gordon Messenger, British ambassador to Republic of Korea Charles Hay and a number of shipyard and government officials. The tanker is now set to undergo finishing touches before being officially delivered to Royal Navy in the first half of 2018, according to the shipbuilder. Once it reaches UK waters after a two-month voyage, the ship will undergo further outfitting, to receive armor, self-defense weaponry and communications systems, and sea trials before entering service. Future RFA Tideforce, along with sister ships RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace and RFA Tidesurge are designed to carry up to 19,000 cubic meters of fuel and 1,400 cubic meters of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The Tide Class has a flight deck able to accommodate the large Chinook helicopter and offer significant improvements over previous RFA tankers such as double hulls and greater environmental protection measures
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A Babcock-led industry team, has officially unveiled the Arrowhead 140, concept as their design for the UK defense ministry’s Type 31e general purpose light frigate program. Babcock, Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine are all part of the team bidding for the UK MoD’s £1.25 billion Type 31e program.At almost 140m the platform will optimise operational flexibility. This ‘wide beam’ ship is easier to design, easier to build and easier to maintain due to its slightly larger size, Babcock said. “Arrowhead 140 will provide increased survivability, operability and capability – compared to a standard 120m design. When you consider that this ship can be delivered at no extra cost and that it will support improved radar performance, increase platform stability and facilitate better helicopter operations in bad weather, whilst enhancing crew comfort – we believe it will bring a significant edge to modern naval capability,” Craig Lockhart, Babcock’s managing director, Naval Marine said. Arrowhead 140’s distributed build and assembly approach, comprising Babcock Appledore in North Devon, Ferguson Marine on the Clyde, Harland and Wolff in Belfast with integration at Babcock Rosyth, Fife, optimises the partners’ UK facilities, innovation and skills whilst cleverly ensuring capacity for parallel programmes remains. All of which is geared to generate a genuine resurgence in shipbuilding across the UK and when coupled with the virtual design alliance between Babcock, OMT and BMT it supports the intent of the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy.
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The purpose of this Contract Notice, say the MoD, is to advertise the requirement and invite companies to express their interest to receive the tender for the T31e Frigate. As announced in the National Shipbuilding Strategy the Ministry of Defence is seeking to procure five new General Purpose Frigates for the Royal Navy for a Firm Price of £1.25 billion, according to the contract notice. The notice outlines the requirements: The T31e will be a General Purpose Frigate, providing an enduring and continuous worldwide maritime security presence in several forward operating areas and releasing other, more complex warships to their primary roles. The T31e will carry out various maritime interdiction tasks, such as counter drugs and counter piracy. It will also carry out defence engagement activities, such as port visits and official entertainment, demonstrations of military capability and participation in allied training exercises. It must be ready to respond to emergent events, such as natural disasters or evacuation of non-combatants and will routinely carry specialist emergency relief stores in certain operating areas. The T31e design will need to be adaptable, providing evolution paths for future capability to enable growth of the destroyer and frigate numbers into the 2030s, and to address export customers’ needs. The cutting of steel on the first vessel is expected in 2020. Who are the big bidders? The first bid team emerged when BAE Systems announced they would partner with Cammell Laird, who would ‘Prime, build and assemble’ the vessels at their Merseyside facility while the Clyde will focus on the Type 26 Frigates. Cammell Laird would be main contractor with BAE providing design and combat systems. BAE say the move will allow them to ‘appropriately support the National Shipbuilding Strategy’ whilst ensuring the delivery of the five Offshore Patrol Vessels and the first three City class Type 26 frigates currently on contract, ‘to time, budget and to the highest quality standards.’ “Type 31e is an exciting and important programme. Our expertise in warship design and engineering, combat management systems and export campaigns means we are in a great position to contribute to the success of this programme. We are pleased to be working with Cammell Laird with whom we have a strong and effective relationship, having worked with them on the Carrier and Astute programmes.” John Syvret CBE, Cammell Laird CEO, added: “Cammell Laird has very much welcomed the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Type 31e competition. We will offer a UK warship design, a UK combat system, a UK build and a supply chain with high UK content. We will be working with BAE Systems and A&P to deliver certainty, speed and agility on this nationally important project. Cammell Laird is proud to be responding as a Prime Contractor for Type 31e.” “In response to the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) evolving requirements as outlined in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, BAE Systems will bring together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the manufacture of the Type 31e, an adaptable general purpose frigate. BAE Systems is focused on the manufacture and delivery of the two QE Class carriers, the five River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and the first three City class Type 26 warships, as well as continuing to develop and upgrade combat management systems on all Royal Navy ships.Taking account our current and future workload, including Type 26, our shipbuilding capacity on the Clyde will be full until the mid 2030s.
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after years of delays and debate, construction of the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 frigates has officially begun at a shipyard in Scotland. The full class of eight ships will provide a number of critically needed capabilities, including acting as additional escorts for the United Kingdom’s up-coming pair of supercarriers. The first of those flattops, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is in the middle of her first sea trials in the North Sea. On July 20, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon led a ceremony to cut the first steel for the lead ship at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard in Glasgow. At the same time, he revealed that the ship would share its name with the city and that the next seven ships would also take on similar names. As such, HMS Glasgow and the rest of the Type 26s would become known as the City-class. "HMS Glasgow and the other seven frigates in this new class will protect our powerful new aircraft carriers and nuclear deterrent, helping keep Britain safe across the world,” Fallon said at the event. "The Type 26 is a cutting-edge warship that will maintain our naval power with a truly global reach. Designed for a service life of at least 25 years, the Type 26 frigates will form a backbone of the future Royal Navy surface fleet well into the future." Originally known as the Global Combat Ship (GCS), BAE’s frigate will displace approximately 6,900 tons and have a crew of just more than 150. A pair of electric motors, four high speed diesel generators, and a gas turbine will provide onboard electrical power and propel the ship to a maximum speed of over 30 miles per hour over a range of some 7,000 miles. Intended primarily for anti-submarine warfare, the ships will have both a sonar system in the bow and a built-in towed sonar array, both linked to a central BAE Systems battle management system. An enlarged helipad and attached hangar can accommodate a Wildcat or Merlin helicopter or vertical takeoff capable drones, any of which could carry torpedoes or additional sensors. In addition, the vessel will have significant air defense and surface warfare capabilities, consisting of 12 vertical launch system (VLS) cells for the Sea Ceptor surface to air missile and another 24 multi-purpose Mk 41 VLS cells. European defense consortium MBDA’s Sea Ceptor missile is a navalized variant of the company’s active radar homing Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM).
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So far, the "Fifth Generation" of fighter jet aircraft is looking pretty tepid. The F-22 was simply too expensive and plagued with problems, both technical and political. The controversy behind the under-performing, over-budget, and overdue F-35 is growing to near mythical proportions. Even the Russian Su-57 PAK-FA, or T-50, is behind schedule and likely won't see widespread production until 2024 or later. The Chinese J-20 and J-31 are still very much in the prototype phase and are both likely years away. Isn't it time to start considering a 6th generation fighter for "new world" needs? perhaps Canada should look towards the future and skip the 5th generation jet completely. A low cost, but still capable jet like the Gripen would certainly meet our needs for the time being, and Canada could work toward developing a 6th generation "Arrow 2", or "Super Arrow". #Canadasixthgeneration #Canadafighterjet #CanadaSuperArrow source: https://goo.gl/c7n4Fd
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the UK MOD issued a notice saying the competition was once again open. The announcement stated that the five frigates for the Royal Navy are to be built “for a total cost not to exceed £1.25 billion, inclusive of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). Proses kompetisi baru akan terdiri dari kuesioner pra-kualifikasi, kontrak fase desain yang kompetitif, dan akhirnya, desain tunggal dan kontrak pembangunan.
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The Royal Airforce did not acquire the Eagle for several reasons. They had already in the late 1960s, evaluated, adapted and selected the F-15s predecessor, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II as their primary Air Superiority aircraft. At great cost, they installed Rolls Royce Spey Turbofans, which were larger, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than the J79 Turbojets in the Phantom acquired straight off the McDonnel factory floor. These changes neccesitated the redesign of the rear fuselage, intakes and the addition of intake doors on the rear of the aircraft. The Eagle, while much more capable than the Phantom (Having been designed from the ground up as a Air-Superiority aircraft for the Airforce), was yet to be proven in combat, where as the F-4 has proven its reputation with the IAF, USN and USAF. The F-15 first drew blood versus Syrian MiGs over Lebanon in 1979. Getting hold of the Phantoms would prove more economical than buying the latest addition the the USAF or USN air-arms, and both were acquiring the F-15 Eagle and the F-14 Tomcat respectively. Used Phantoms were among some of the airframes acquired by the United Kingdom as they were released from US service. The RAF were already in the process of complementing the Phantoms with the Panavia Tornado ADV or Air Defense Variant, which was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991, while the Phantoms were tasked with guardian Cyprus, as the ADV Tornadoes were technologically more advanced. and capable of using AWACS support.. And lastly, by the time the IAF proved how adept the F-15 was, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France (who later left the programme to independently develop the Rafale) were in the early stages of beginning the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.
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Two of Europe’s top aerospace defense companies, are discussing combining their airborne early warning capabilities in an attempt, to head off a possible sole-source British purchase of the Boeing Wedgetail. The talks are centered on a potential collaboration bringing together an Airbus-built platform with a version of Saab’s Erieye radar, said two sources familiar with the discussions.
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When the Ministry of Defence announced that the UK would be re-entering the Boxer Programme, it said it was exploring the possibility of equipping the Army with the troop carriers in an effort to modernise its vehicle fleet and meet its infantry vehicle requirement. But what is the Boxer vehicle, and how might it add to the British Army? The idea of the Boxer came into being at the end of the Cold War when terrorism was a newly recognised threat. The areas in which the British Army would be deploying were vastly different to those of the Cold War years, and there were no vehicles equipped to the terrain of Middle-Eastern countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, in 1998, ,Germany France and the UK decided to work together on developing a vehicle suitable for the hot, dry and arid terrain of the Middle East, designed to meet demanding mobility requirements. On the road, the boxer can reach speeds of up to 70 mph and is hardened to withstand the heat, shockwaves and electromagnetic effects of a nuclear explosion. In 2003, the UK withdrew from the Boxer programme and was replaced by the Netherlands. Boxers were ordered by a number of European countries. The first Boxers were deployed in Afghanistan in 2011, and were, according to the German High Commander “a complete success”. The Boxer has 15 variations and can serve a variety of purposes, from troop transport to heavy artillery, and now the UK is considering re-entering the programme. source music:Action/Cinematic/Game Music (Royalty Free) Helipad Siege - Alex Lisi
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Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme has unveiled new details of its pursuit just weeks ahead of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) planned release of an invitation to negotiate (ITN). Executives from the two partner companies claim the UK-owned and developed Leander design offers the lowest risk and lowest life-cycle cost solution for Type 31e while simultaneously promising the best return for UK prosperity and exports. Forming the centrepiece of the MoD’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme envisages the fast-track acquisition of a globally deployable but affordable frigate geared towards maritime security and defence engagement operations. A ceiling price of GBP250 million (USD350 million) per ship has been set for the first batch of five frigates, which are intended to enter RN service from 2023 to replace the five general purpose-roled Type 23 frigates. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird announced in October 2017 that it had teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the Type 31e competition under the banner of ‘Team Leander’. A specialist in commercial shipbuilding and ship repair, Cammell Laird is building the polar research vessel RSS Sir David Attenborough for the UK Natural Environment Research Council under a GBP150 million contract awarded in late 2015. The company has also won contracts to build several small ferries. For Type 31e, Cammell Laird is the prime contractor and shipbuilder, while BAE Systems is design agent for the 117 m Leander design, and is also responsible for combat system supply and integration. “We believe that we are the only team that can execute the programme in a low-risk way and offer a design that meets the level of warfighting capability and survivability demanded by the RN,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird’s Type 31e director, told Jane’s .
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RAF hails Typhoon as ‘world’s most potent fighter’ after completing weapons testing The claim comes after an aircraft from the RAF’s 41(R) Squadron recently became the first of its type to successfully fire a Storm Shadow air-to-surface missile and a next generation Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air weapon in trials. Gp Capt John Cunningham, who heads up Project Centurion – the programme to improve the jet’s capabilities for the UK fleet – said: “By the end of 2018 no other aircraft in the world will have all of the Typhoon’s capabilities. It will have the long-range air-to- air Meteor missile, Brimstone and Storm Shadow which can hit moving targets and underground structures, Paveway IV laser guided bombs, the Litening III targeting pod and ASRAAM air-to-air missiles. All this will come together by December 2018 making the next year the biggest game changer ever in the development of this aircraft.” Project Centurion will ensure seamless transition of capability from Tornado to Typhoon by the time Tornado goes out of service in 2019. Currently only the RAF’s three Tornado squadrons can fight with Storm Shadow and Brimstone air-to-surface missiles.
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TYPHOONS IS BACK: New-customer Typhoons Will Be the Most Advanced for the first time, the Eurofighter Typhoon that are being built for delivery to Kuwait and Qatar from late 2019/early 2020 will have sensors and weapons that are not in service with the partner nation air forces. In some cases, these new systems will provide capabilities that are more advanced than those of RAF, Luftwaffe, AMI, and Ejército del Aire Typhoons. source: https://goo.gl/r9CaZy
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HAVANT, England, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to equip the Royal Navy's new Type 26 Global Combat Ship with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). The MK 41 VLS is the only system capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike-length missiles. Once integrated with the Type 26, the MK 41 VLS will offer the Royal Navy unparalleled flexibility and capability. There have been more than 3,850 successful firings worldwide. MK41 VLS has been successfully integrated and is in service with the U.S. and 12 allied navies on nearly 200 ships representing 20 ship classes. "Lockheed Martin has a long and successful partnership with the Royal Navy, and we look forward to working with BAE Systems to integrate the MK 41 VLS with the Type 26," said Paul Livingston, Group Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK Rotary and Mission Systems. "The MK 41 VLS will provide the Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ships with a proven and cost-effective vertical launching solution." Each Type 26 will be equipped with three 8-cell MK 41 VLS modules. BAE Systems' initial order includes nine MK 41 VLS modules, enough for the first three ships of the class. "The signature of this contract is another important milestone in the ongoing delivery of the UK's Type 26 program," said Mike Holstead, head of the Type 26 program at Defence Equipment and Support, the Ministry of Defence's procurement organization. "The vertical launch system will be a key part of the capability of the new frigate fleet, and an essential tool for Royal Navy in operations to defend the UK and her interests." "As momentum builds and GLASGOW, the first of three contracted next generation City Class Type 26 Global Combat Ships, takes shape at our facilities in Glasgow, we are delighted to place this contract with Lockheed Martin," said Nadia Savage, director of the Type 26 program at BAE Systems. "The Vertical Launching System contributes to our overall combat management system and will further enhance platform flexibility and capability, which are core to the design of the Type 26." The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a world-class anti-submarine warfare ship and will replace the Royal Navy's variant Type 23 frigates. Globally deployable, it will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group. The first Type 26 is due to enter service with the Royal Navy in the mid-2020s.
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Visitors to DIMDEX, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference, will be able to see BAE Systems proposed design for the Type 31e frigate competition in the UK as the company hopes to attract international orders. BAE Systems says it has brought together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the contract to deliver Type 31e, the UK’s adaptable general purpose frigate. A key part of the Type 31e programme is configuring the new frigate and its Combat Management System to be attractive to potential international customers and DIMDEX is the first time BAE Systems is showcasing its proposed design outside the UK. “BAE Systems’ design of this highly capable multi-mission warship demonstrates the flexibility of the ship to meet all warfare roles. Using a flexible mission bay that can be reconfigured at short notice it can perform constabulary, disaster relief, maritime interdiction, counter-piracy and joint taskforce operations.” With a proposed top speed in excess of 25 knots and a range of more than 7,500 miles, BAE Systems’ design is equipped with some of the most modern and effective weapons systems available, and has been designed to operate in international waters, including the Gulf. It is capable of operating both independently for significant periods and as part of a task group, offering enormous value in bringing together allied maritime nations. The Type 31e design being proposed for the UK Royal Navy will also feature an enhanced BAE Systems combat system. Building on the pedigree of the systems installed across the UK Royal Navy’s fleet this combat system will add enhanced features through its open, secure, flexible and extensive architecture, ensuring it can be upgraded as new technology develops, adapting to ever-evolving threats say the company. Angus Holt, BAE Systems’ Type 31e Programme Director, said: “We are proud to be displaying our Type 31e design at DIMDEX, the first opportunity for international audiences to see this highly capable ship. Our Type 31e design builds on the proven design and quality of our ships, including Type 45, Offshore Patrol Vessels and the Khareef vessels delivered to the Royal Navy of Oman.
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on more concrete grounds, Boeing’s strategy probably hurt its chances. Instead of building one demonstrator capable of fulfilling the requirements of all three services, Boeing built two; one capable of conventional supersonic flight, and the other of vertical take-off and landing. Lockheed’s prototype could do both. The Pentagon also liked the innovative (if risky) nature of the F-35’s turbolift. Finally, Lockheed’s experience with the F-22 suggested that it could probably handle another large stealth fighter project. The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served up the X-32; Lockheed the X-35. Given the struggles of the last decade with the Joint Strike Fighter, it’s impossible not to wonder about what might have been; what if DoD had gone with Boeing’s X-32 instead, or with some combination of the two aircraft?
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Will UK and the Japan Collaborate on Sixth-Generation Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft? Japan and the United Kingdom (UK), may collaborate in some capacity on the latter’s Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project, which aims to field a sixth-generation stealth fighter for the Royal Air Force (RAF) by 2035. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera confirmed last month that the Japan and the UK had “an exchange of opinions” on the Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project noting that London is “looking for international joint development partners.” Japan has also been looking for international partners to collaborate with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and various Japanese sub-contractors on a new fighter aircraft, tentatively named the (F-3) Future Fighter Program.
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“The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has received approval in principle from Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) to recognise new contingent liabilities associated with the Astute Boat 7 ‘Whole Boat’ Contract.” We understand that this announcement paves the way for the formal contract to be signed before the end of the financial year. The scrapping of the seventh Astute Class submarine under construction had been “actively considered” it emerged earlier in the year. A leaked document seen by The Sunday Express stated senior officials read: “In the long term the delay (or cancellation) will ease the pressure on manning, but we must not be seen to welcome this situation. Any loss of capability will impact on operations.” Barrow MP John Woodcock said at the time: “This leaked document is confirmation that scrapping Astute boat seven is being actively considered by the government. There is embarrassingly flawed logic within the decision but it shows just how much pressure there is to find any route out of the cash crisis that is gripping the MoD.” Woodcock later tweeted: “To be clear – we are not there yet. The defence secretary will clearly fight for the funds to cover the defence equipment programme, including boat 7. But the fact our submarine programme is under threat shows the terrible funding pressure being imposed by the Treasury.” This comes not long after the fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, which is being built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, completed her first ever dive.
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CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra, along with BAE and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to offer the Type 26 Frigate to Canada. Speculation is mounting that Canada is seriously considering the Type 26 Frigate for its ‘Canadian Surface Combatant’ project. Anne Healey, BAE General Manager (Group Business Development Canada) said, referring to a BAE bid to sell the Type 26 in Canada: “The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is the world’s newest and most advanced surface combatant design. We are planning to cut steel in 2017, which is ideal timing for the CSC programme; being 3 years ahead of the Canadian programme.” Canada’s Combat Ship Team say their approach to the CSC project exclusively parallels the Canadian Government’s Defence Policy, which is the foundation for the offering: Strong, Secure and Engaged. The following statement was released earlier in the month: “The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a flexible, next generation warship design which offers a low risk and affordable solution for the Canadian Surface Combatant program,” stated Anne Healey, Country Director, Canada, BAE Systems. “With the UK Type 26 program running ahead of CSC, our Canadian ship will benefit from lessons learnt on the UK program. This schedule also allows Type 26 the opportunity to be the most advanced Canadian Surface Combatant.Canadian companies such as W.R. Davis Engineering in Ottawa, Rolls-Royce in Peterborough and L3 MAPPS in Montréal have already begun work on delivering high-technology systems for the UK’s Type 26, demonstrating the skills and capability available from the Canadian supply chain.” Canada’s Combat Ship Team add in an additional statement on their website: “Offering the most advanced and modern warship design with Canadian-developed combat and platform systems, BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA, and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc. (Ultra) are partnering (on a non-exclusive basis) as Canada’s Combat Ship Team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC). For Canada’s distinctive mission requirements, Canada’s Combat Ship Team proposes BAE Systems’ Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Shipdesign, enhanced with the team’s collective Canadian naval expertise in combat system design, integration, training, logistics and program management. Our team is offering Canada’s trusted Combat Management System – Lockheed Martin Canada’s modern CMS 330, currently in service on board Canada’s modernised HALIFAX-class frigates. Our team has been a proven and trusted partner to the Royal Canadian Navy for more than three decades on some of the most successful naval projects in Canada’s history, as well as with other premier navies and shipyards around the world.” Canadian firms have already won contracts to support UK Type 26 programme with Ottawa-based engineering firm WR Davis being the first to secure a manufacturing contract to provide key equipment. BAE Systems has awarded the contract for the Uptake and Downtake elements of the ship’s funnel and exhaust system for the first three Type 26 ships.
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The Atlas A400M arrived in the Falkland Islands last week. Having completed the 20-hour journey from the UK, A400M touched down at Mount Pleasant Complex on Tuesday afternoon, a week ago. Replacing the long serving Hercules aircraft, A400M will take over as BFSAI's tactical airlift capability delivering maritime reconnaissance, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance. A spokesperson from MPC said: “The C130 has been a valuable asset to the Falklands, as demonstrated by her recent humanitarian role in the multi-national search effort for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan in 2017”. The new Atlas A400M will continue to give BFSAI a Search and Rescue and humanitarian capability. The Airbus A400M is considered the most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available, combining 21st century state-of-the-art technologies to fulfill the current and upcoming Armed Forces’ needs. The A400M combines the capability to carry strategic loads with the ability to deliver even into tactical locations with small and unprepared airstrips. And, in addition, it acts as a frontline-tanker for other aircraft. An aircraft which can do the work of three, according to the Airbus site.
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Ministry of Defence (MoD), bosses have already been taking delivery of the new planes at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The £100 million jets are reported to be ready for action at the start of 2019. Four of them arrived in the UK last month after flying over the Atlantic from the US. Five more are now expected to join Britain’s military later this year. And defence chiefs have said the aircraft will soon be “ready to deploy”.
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In an earlier article, we considered how the RN would use layered defence to protect the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. There has been particular concern about the lack of defensive missiles fitted to the ship themselves and here we focus on the advantages and disadvantages of fitting the CAMM(M) Sea Ceptor system. Should the QEC be fitted with Sea Ceptor? The short answer is yes but the long answer is that it would be more complex than it may first appear. A very crude estimate would be £25 million per ship to fit and integrate the system. (Not including the purchase of additional missile stocks). With so many other competing priorities for the RN’s constrained resources, it must be recognised that any upgrade to the carriers is likely to remain a long-term ambition. The case against Adding complex weapon systems to an aircraft carrier is unattractive for a number of reasons. From and engineering and operations point of view it is preferable to outsource the task to escorts specifically designated to protect other vessels. The QEC were designed to maximise the flight deck and hangar space available for aircraft and there is no internal space earmarked for missile silos. Fitting Sea Ceptor would probably involve adding the silos, one each side on the edge of the flight deck. Additional fire and blast risk to the ship made by adding munitions would have to be evaluated. The silos would need some form of external ballistic protection if placed on the side of the ship, otherwise, they could add vulnerability even to small arms fire or RPGs. Methods for safely embarking and removing missiles when alongside also need consideration. When surface to air missiles (SAM) are launched, they leave behind smoke and a debris trail. This is an impediment to safe aircraft operations due to the risk of foreign object damage (FOD) caused by ingesting debris into jet engines. Before flying operations could restart, a time-consuming FOD inspection of the deck would be needed which could present tactical difficulties if there is an urgent requirement to generate aircraft stories quickly. Installation of missiles would require integration with the ship’s radars and operations room. The missile guidance system must be set up so as not to interfere with both the ship’s and its aircraft’s radars and communications. There is another greater challenge to deconflict the system with friendly aircraft. Missiles designed to react in seconds to defend against supersonic threats have to be largely automated so the system must have a robust IFF system (Identification Friend or Foe) to ensure the carriers own aircraft are not engaged. Flight paths around the carrier also need to be designed to ensure they avoid the missile arcs. Additional warfare personnel would also be required in the operations room to control the system and weapons engineers needed to maintain it. All of these challenges can, and have been, surmounted on other carriers but it is easy to see why it may appear attractive to place the missiles on escort ships. Despite not having a point defence missile, the QEC does have some hard-kill defences will have 3 x 20mm Block 1B Phallax guns and 4 x 30mm Automated Small Caliber Guns (ASCG). These guns systems provide a measure of last-ditch protection from missiles. Phalanx is effective and may be able to break up missiles but at close range may not do enough to dissipate its kinetic energy and debris could still damage the ship.
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DOHA, Qatar — For the first time ever, British company BAE Systems launched its proposed design for the Type 31e (e for export) frigate competition outside the United Kingdom. The Type 31e frigate contender made its international debut at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference held earlier this week, coinciding with the release of the pre-qualification questionnaire for the program’s competitive design phase by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. BAE is in a joint bid for the Type 31e contract with Liverpool shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The design is in part based on the Khareef class of corvettes delivered to the Omani navy by BAE. The frigates are currently being designed for export and a key part of the program is “adaptability and flexibility of the warship in order to meet the customer’s requirements,” said Kevin Joyce, international business development for naval ships at BAE Systems. In addition to the design, BAE Systems is working on the ship’s combat management system to support requirements of potential international customers. The CMS will add enhanced features through its open, secure, and flexible architecture, ensuring it can be upgraded as new technology is developed to counter threats. On potential export sales, Joyce said that the company “already got interest from two South American customers on the Type 31e,” Another industry official stressed the growing interest in the Type 31 frigate, stating that “BAE had visits from a lot of potential customers who are looking to know more about this very capable warship program.” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird’s Type 31e project director told a suppliers conference recently the two companies had already worked up an international market plan for their design, known as the Leander. “We have a global campaign plan for the Type 31e program and have identified opportunities in more than 20 countries,” said Graham, who was previously a senior executive in charge of the MoD’s combat ships procurement effort. “Our intent is to build a warship export business based on Leander. The MoD has indicated it is willing to sign a business agreement alongside the contract to help industry export the Type 31e. This joint approach between the government and the Royal Navy producing a proper business plan for exports has never been seen before.” The proposed frigate will navigate at a top speed of more than 25 knots at a range of at least 7,500 miles.
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The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are the largest surface warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy and represent a significant increase in capability. The vessels will be utilised by all three branches of the UK Armed Forces and will provide eight acres of sovereign territory. Both ships will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from high intensity conflict to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The class have increased survivability as a result of the separation and distribution of power generation machinery throughout each ship. Instead of a traditional single island, the has two smaller islands. The forward island is for ship control functions and the aft (FLYCO) island is for flying control. The reason for two bridges is, simply put, due to the gas turbine exhausts. The design would have either had two small islands or one large, long island. The two smaller islands were chosen. The location and alignment of the islands are based around the 2.4 metre diameter gas turbine exhausts which were pre-fitted in the island and below in the ship superstructure. Advantages of the two island configuration are primarily increased flight deck area and reduced air turbulence. Flight control in the aft island is positioned perfectly for aircraft approaches and deck landings. Surprisingly for their sheer scale, each ship will only have a total crew of 679, only increasing to the full complement of 1,600 when the air elements are embarked. Why are they so big? Wouldn’t several smaller carriers be more cost effective? “The reason that we have arrived at what we have arrived at is because to do the initial strike package, that deep strike package, we have done really quite detailed calculations and we have come out with the figure of 36 joint strike fighters, and that is what has driven the size of it, and that is to be able to deliver the weight of effort that you need for these operations that we are planning in the future. That is the thing that has made us arrive at that size of deck and that size of ship, to enable that to happen. I have talked with the Chief of Naval Operations in America. He is very keen for us to get these because he sees us slotting in with his carrier groups. For example, in Afghanistan last year they had to call on the French to bail them out with their carrier. He really wants us to have these, but he wants us to have same sort of clout as one of their carriers, which is this figure at 36. He would find that very useful, and really we would mix and match with that.” What does a large carrier offer that a smaller one doesn’t? Operational experience shows that larger carriers have significant advantages. For example, the Invincible class typically hosted around 12 Sea Harriers and with that their decks were fairly crowded. Tabloids often like to quote 12 as the maximum number of F-35B’s the new Queen Elizabeth class will be able to carry, however this is nonsens
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Britain’s BAE Systems PLC (BAES.L), has won a 19.62 billion pounds ($25.7 billion) contest, to deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Australian navy, the Australian government said on Thursday. The nine ships, to be designed by BAE, and built by government-owned ASC Shipbuilding in Australia, are expected to underpin the country’s maritime combat capability for decades to come, the Australian government said in a statement. “The Hunter class, will provide the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality, and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty,” it said of the ships. The Hunter class ships for Australia are based on the BAE Type 26 frigate, the company is building for the British navy. BAE beat Italy’s Fincantieri SpA (FCT.MI), and Spain’s Navantia SA for the prized contract. BAE declined to comment on Thursday.
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Thales has been liaising with the Navy in recent trials to assess if investments made in submarine sonar systems could deliver additional benefits for frontline sailors in surface ships such as the Type 23. Sonar 2076 is the Royal Navy’s major sonar platform on all submarines, while the Type 23 frigate anti-submarine warfare fleet is fitted with Sonar 2087. These powerful Thales sonar systems are recognised as cutting edge maritime sensors in their specialist fields. What links these two sonars together is their software. Novus is the name for a collection of passive sonar algorithms and human computer interface developments already in service with 2076 on board UK submarines. There is a high degree of commonality with the major sonar 2087 fitted to the Type 23 frigates, meaning that significant advantages reported in submarines can be trialled in surface ships. Drawn from 2076, the software is ‘oven ready’ for 2087, with a high level of innovation in that it could be ‘fast to adopt’ if Novus benefits were deemed to warrant full funding for delivery into service or ‘fast to fail’ if only marginal. Following the MOD’s investment in the deployment to the fleet of Sonar 2087 technical refresh, the Navy has been able to rapidly deploy Thales-developed trial software while in Australia. This demonstrates a tangible step forward towards understanding the future requirement of sonars. It has also involved close liaison between Navy Command, Defence Equipment & Support and Thales. During DSEi, the First Sea Lord, the Navy’s most senior operational officer, outlined a vision to look beyond the platforms, weapon systems, sensors and other technologies to keep the Royal Navy at the forefront of capability for decades to come. “S2087 is a world class sonar and has plenty of potential for development. This is one such opportunity that has been taken forward by the Maritime Capability and Ships Divisions here in Navy Command HQ, with the support of DE&S and industry. We will continue to look for others,” said Commander Richard Hutchings, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Maritime Capability Division. The Open Architecture, common to both sonars 2076 and 2087, is also the core of the new submarine sonar training facility (Venturer) recently opened at HM Naval Base Clyde. The Thales-supplied Rapidly Reconfigurable Training Technology (RRTT) system has been designed so that it can easily be reconfigured to future upgrades to provide high fidelity hands on training. This will ensure that individual sonar operators train on the right configuration to support specific missions and boats. Thales says that in time, it could easily be applied to other naval training, such as naval communications, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.
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Workers on the Typhoon line at Warton in Lancashire were given the news they had long dreaded last October. Faced with dwindling orders, BAE Systems was slowing down production of the fighter jet to a trickle. About 750 jobs would be cut at Warton and its sister plant Samlesbury, the defence giant said, part of 1,400 job losses across its military air business. The production rate is expected to drop to 11 Typhoons a year — down from the previous rate of 20. Lancashire’s aerospace cluster is used to uncertainty. It is the UK’s last remaining production hub for combat aircraft, outliving famous factories at Kingston, Brooklands, Hayes, Farnborough, Woodford, Chadderton and Hatfield. Demand for the Typhoon, built in collaboration with Italy, Germany and Spain, has been in terminal decline for years. A recent order of 24 from Qatar has given Warton a temporary reprieve, and will sustain production early into the next decade, but beyond that the outlook is uncertain. A long-awaited order for a further 48 jets from Saudi Arabia, on top of the 72 bought by the kingdom in 2007 as part of the Al Yamamah arms deal, has yet to materialise.
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REL, based at Culham in Oxfordshire, is working on a propulsion system that is part jet engine, part rocket engine. The company believes it will transform the space launch market and usher in hypersonic travel around the Earth. The new investments amount to £26.5m. Included in this sum are contributions from Baillie Gifford Asset Management and Woodford Investment Management. It lifts the total capital raised in the past three years to about £100m. The British government has already put in £60m. BAE Systems initially injected £20m in 2015 and has invested new funds in this latest financial round. "Rolls-Royce and Boeing - these are really big names, and it's fantastic to be in this position," said REL CEO Mark Thomas. "Rolls are super-positive about the technology. They want us to be independent and innovative, and to push our technology as hard as possible. And Boeing - that's amazing. They are the world's biggest aerospace company, have decades of expertise and future plans that, for us I'm sure, will be really exciting, REL is developing what it calls the Sabre engine. This power plant is designed to push a vehicle from a standing start all the way to orbit in a single step. It would work like a conventional jet engine up to about Mach 5.5 (5.5 times the speed of sound) before then transitioning to a rocket mode for the rest of the ascent. Key technologies include a compact pre-cooler heat-exchanger that can take an incoming airstream of over 1,000C and cool it to -150C in less than 1/100th of a second. This would permit Sabre to use oxygen direct from the atmosphere for combustion instead of carrying it in a tank with the weight penalty that implies. Although Sabre is usually talked about in the context of an orbiting spaceplane, it could also be fitted to a vehicle that flies at very high speed from point to point on the Earth's surface. This is an application that clearly interests Boeing, whose investment arm, HorizonX Ventures, is driving the tie-up in what is its first investment in a UK-based company. "As Reaction Engines unlocks advanced propulsion that could change the future of air and space travel, we expect to leverage their revolutionary technology to support Boeing's pursuit of hypersonic flight," said HorizonX vice president, Steve Nordlund. Those who have followed the REL story over the years will be aware that Rolls-Royce is not really a newcomer to the project. The aero-engine giant was involved in Sabre's precursor years - a spaceplane concept back in the 1980s known as Hotol. When that hit technical difficulties, Rolls-Royce let its interest go, as did British Aerospace. Both are now back, the latter in its current guise as BAE Systems. "We are delighted to become a strategic investor in Reaction Engines Limited, an innovative UK company that is helping push the boundaries of aviation technology," Rolls' CTO Paul Stein said in a statement. "We look forward to working with REL and assisting with the development of their technology, and we plan to incorporate this technology into our own future products."
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Raytheon has been awarded a $523 million contract for the production of Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for eight US allies including the UK. The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile capable of all-weather day-and-night operation. The fire-and-forget weapon employs active radar guidance and incorporates a datalink to guide the missile to a point where its active radar turns on to intercept the target. “Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $523,148,647 fixed-price incentive modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 3,” a press release said. This modification provides for missile production and other AMRAAM system items, and is expected to be complete by January 31, 2021. It involves foreign military sales to Japan, Kuwait, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. “Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $308,016,581; fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $3,569,227; and foreign military sales funds in the amount $211,562,839 are being obligated at the time of award.” the release said. Last year, Raytheon was awarded a $634 million contract for production of AMRAAMs, with many earmarked for foreign military sales, including to Japan, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain and Qatar.
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Australia, and the UK are discussing plans, for the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to be sent to the Pacific amid tensions over China’s militarisation in the South China Sea. The Australian defence minister, , have discussed joint naval operations in the Pacific region with the UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson.
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Military chiefs want hundreds of the eight-wheeled vehicles to spearhead a new rapid deployment force. Sources say the Ministry of Defence has ruled out a competitive bidding process, meaning British firms will miss out on the chance of landing the lucrative contract. The new Mechanised Infantry Vehicles will replace Britain’s ageing Scimitar armoured cars – in service since the 1960s. The Army wants up to 800 but the process of getting them into service has been dogged by delays. Defence sources say generals are so desperate to see the new unit up and running they are willing to bypass the traditional tendering process because it would be quicker, despite costing more. It is thought the MoD is poised to place an order with German consortium Rheinmetall for a vehicle known as the Boxer. Several types of armoured vehicle are available from manufacturers around the world but buying overseas would mean jobs at Britishbased defence companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, and their UK supply chains, would be put at risk. A military source told the Daily Express: “It has been heavily rumoured that the Government will buy Boxer from Germany and British industry is concerned it won’t get a chance to compete. “Defence ministers have had repeated opportunities to say in the House of Commons that this will be openly competed but they seem reluctant to do so. When the defence budget is under such pressure, why would you not want to compete the programme and let British industry save the Government hundreds of millions of pounds?” There have been several attempts to hold a competitive tender to upgrade Britain’s armoured fleet in the past 20 years but each has failed. The Boxer was rejected by the Army in 2003 and 2008 but is now thought to be the favoured option. Each would cost at least £4million but other types of vehicle are believed to cost considerably less. Dr Julian Lewis, chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, has written to Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement, demanding answers. He has asked for clarification on “whether the MoD would welcome bids for the prime contract from UK manufacturers and whether the department accepts there is a UK industrial capability to build these platforms Tory MP David Davies, chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, said: “This is a multibillion pound contract which will support thousands of jobs so we should do everything possible to ensure those jobs stay in Britain.
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Merlin helicopters were the first aircraft to begin flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth and they will soon be followed by F-35 jets in Autumn this year. Here at the UK Defence Journal we really point this out often but we’re getting closer and closer to ending the ‘carrier with no planes’ nonsense that appears all over social media so we’re happy to restate this once again. HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to start fixed-wing flight trials with three or more F-35Bs off the eastern coast of the US around September this year. A fantastic info-graphic created by SaveTheRoyalNavy can be found here and details the timeline of the programme. In order to prepare for operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth, Royal Navy sailors have also trained alongside their US Navy counterparts on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Last year, the Royal Navy sent six Sailors to integrate into Wasp’s flight deck operations to prepare them for their upcoming Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. Royal Navy sailor Richard Clark said: “Living with one another is good for integration, so when we work together, when we have your aircraft come to our flight decks, and vice versa, we’ll have a bit more awareness of how we each operate. It helps us work with you better on different platforms when we need to. This is the first group of guys who are not 1st Classes. Some of them have never been on a ship before, so for the younger guys, it’s good for them to get experience.” Recent F-35 trials aboard the USS Wasp weren’t just an operational test for the United States Marine Corps, with much of the data produced being used to inform the USMC’s declaration of initial operating capability but also for the United Kingdom. UK personnel were fully embedded in the USS Wasp trials and will use the data gathered from this event, future trials and operational deployments to support the UK’s flying trials aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth off the US coast in Spring next year. British F-35 pilots also recently embarked on the USS America for at-sea developmental testing phase 3 (known as DT), the last trial that paves the way for the US Marine Corps to deploy the jet operationally on amphibious assault ships. BAE Systems test pilot Pete Wilson said about the upcoming trials on the HMS Queen Elizabeth: “This will not be a DT phase. Testing on the Queen Elizabeth will be like DTs 1, 2 and 3 combined. We don’t need to use fully instrumented aircraft; we already understand most of the loads on the aircraft systems, as we have tested that during earlier tests.” HMS Prince of Wales will take over F-35 trials to allow HMS Queen Elizabeth to return to dock for her routine re-certification work. Former Captain of the vessel Ian Groom told media that HMS Prince of Wales will need to be delivered during 2019 to allow flight trails to continue whilst Queen Elizabeth is undergoing inspection in dry dock. Quoted in Janes, Groom said: “There is a further set of fixed-wing flying trials needed and HMS Prince of Wales has to carry them out. HMS Queen Elizabeth’s re-certification period in 2019 means we need HMS Prince of Wales then.”
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Britain's biggest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, today made waves in the Big Apple beginning a historic week-long visit to New York. The ultimate symbol of British naval power dropped anchor within sight of the Statue of Liberty, and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan for seven days in New York’s Upper Bay, – in full view of Ellis and Liberty Island tourists and thousands of commuters on the Staten Island ferry. #RoyalNavy #AircraftCarrier #NewYork source :https://goo.gl/nYj9C1
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The U.S. Navy currently operates eleven aircraft carriers, the ten carriers of the older Nimitz class and the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the Ford-class carriers. The $17 billion Ford was commissioned into the Navy in July 2017. America’s latest flat-top is 1,106 feet long and displaces 100,000 tons. Despite its size, the carrier can plow through the seas at more than thirty knots, thanks to two A1B nuclear reactors. The third ship, USS Enterprise, began advanced construction on August 24th, 2017. Talks are underway to award the contract for the fourth unnamed ship. The Royal Navy is continuing course on its plans to field a force of two carriers. The first carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was commissioned in 2017 and is awaiting the F-35B Joint Strike Fighters that will make up her air wing, which should be ready by 2020. The second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was floated out of construction dock in late December 2017 and will undergo sea trials in 2019. Each of the two carriers will carry 12 F-35B fighters, the vertical takeoff and landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter preferred by the U.S. Marine Corps, with the ability to embark up to 36 of the fighters in a crisis. China is steaming full speed ahead to field a fleet of at least three combat-ready carriers. After the 2012 commissioning of the training carrier Liaoning, the country quickly began construction of a second carrier, known only as 001A at this point. Launched in 2017, 001A is similar to Liaoning but makes a number of modest improvements. Meanwhile a third carrier, 002, is currently fitting out at the Jiangnan Changxingdao Shipyards at Shanghai. 002 will be considerably larger than the previous two carriers though still only eighty percent the size of the Ford-class carriers. The ship will also ditch the use of a ski ramp to launch aircraft and instead use a Chinese version of the Ford’s EMALS system. The use of EMALS will allow the new Chinese carrier to launch and recover more types of aircraft with heavier weapons and fuel loads. Long an aircraft carrier power, the Indian Navy currently sails one carrier, INS Vikramaditya. A second carrier, Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 (IAC-1), began construction in 2005. The ship has recently been named INS Vikrant and is projected to be complete in 2020. At 831 feet long and displacing 40,000 tons, Vikrant is the largest warship ever produced in India. The ship will carry 20 Russian-made MiG-29K fighters. Japan has not begun construction or announced any new aircraft carriers, but according to reports is considering a major break in policy and assigning fixed-wing aircraft to them. If they do, that would technically mean Japan will have new aircraft carriers, Izumo and Kaga, to fly the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Chinese pressure on Japanese airspace over the Senkaku Islands and East China Sea and a shortage of airfields in the area were cited as reasons.
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Earlier this month, Britain’s national security adviser declared that the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers would be unlikely to ever deploy on high-end combat missions without support from friendly forces. The two new flattops would “inevitably be used in a context of allied operations of some kind, if used in a contested environment”, Mark Sedwill told the House of Commons’ Defence Committee on May 1. Lead ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) was floated out at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland in 2014, commenced sea trials last June and was commissioned into the Royal Navy on Dec. 7. The future HMS Prince of Wales (R09) was launched at the same yard two weeks later and is now being fitted out. Construction costs for the two ships have totaled £6.2 billion (about $8.4 billion). In August 2017 Queen Elizabeth rendezvoused with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) carrier strike group during the multinational Exercise Saxon Warrior in the North Sea and northern Atlantic, with some Royal Navy personnel sharpening their aviation-related skills on board the U.S. carrier. The British carrier completed rotary wing trials in February this year, conducting 450 deck landings with Chinook Mk 5 helicopters and 540 landings with Merlin Mk 2 aircraft. Both types flew an average of 10 hours per day in all weather conditions, generating data that will enable technical staff to draw up ship helicopter operating limits. Queen Elizabeth is now alongside in Portsmouth naval base on England’s south coast, covered in tents and scaffolding for a 13-week capability insertion period (CIP) in preparation for an inaugural transatlantic voyage in September. The ship will then conduct a long-awaited first flight trials with F-35B aircraft and is also expected to visit New York City. “Every month sees a graduated increase in the capability the ship can deliver,” Rear Adm. Keith Blount, the Royal Navy’s Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Aviation, Amphibious Capability and Carriers, said in a press statement last month. “With over a thousand helicopter deck landings already under our belt, we’re developing more expansive clearances for helicopters than we have ever seen before.” “Next up are the jets, and the ship is being fitted with all the kit and communication systems required to ensure the aircraft and carrier can work together as a system. This is highly technical and time-consuming stuff and our sailors, airmen and shipyard workers are doing a great job in piecing it all together,” Blount continued Various fixed-wing landing aids are being installed during the CIP, chief among them the U.S.-designed AN/SPN-41/41A Instrument Carrier Landing System. With an azimuth antenna at the stern of the ship and an elevation antenna on the aft island, this system transmits flight path information to approaching aircraft, which can be viewed in the pilot’s head-up display. Defense science company Qinetiq has developed a flight deck lighting array – dubbed the Bedford array – to assist F-35B rolling vertical landings, but this will be fitted initially to the future Prince of Wales as a technology demonstrator.
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The UK has taken delivery of its 14th F-35B Lightning II which flew into Beaufort, South Carolina last week to take its place as part of the Lightning Fleet, set to operate from Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and RAF Marham. Operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, the F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked on the UK’s new aircraft carriers. This delivery is a significant milestone for the Lightning Programme and in particular, alongside the formal commissioning of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier into the Royal Navy earlier this month, demonstrates the advancement towards the establishment of the UK’s Carrier Enabled Power Projection capability. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: This Christmas delivery is the 14th jet to join our fleet of fifth-generation F-35 fighters over in the US. The Carriers have taken centre-stage this year, and next year we look towards these aircraft joining us in Britain and taking off from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s enormous deck to undertake First of Class Flight Trials. With our famous Royal Air Force coming into its 100th anniversary, the F-35 keeps us right at the cutting-edge of combat air power. Peter Ruddock, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK said: There are more than 500 UK companies in our supply chain who play a vital role in producing every F-35 and we are proud to have delivered the UK’s 14th aircraft on schedule. More than 260 F-35s are now flying from 14 bases around the world and we look forward to supporting the UK’s Lightning Force, as they prepare to bring their F-35s to the UK and achieve initial operational capability next year. There are currently some 200 British personnel based at Beaufort testing the aircraft and getting them ready to arrive in the UK next summer as 617 Squadron. Preparations are also being made for First of Class Flight Trials, due to take place on HMS Queen Elizabeth later next year. The programme is on schedule to achieve Initial Operating Capability from land next year with Initial Operating Capability Carrier Strike in 2020. In addition to its short take-off and vertical landing capability, the F-35B’s unique combination of stealth, cutting-edge radar, sensor technology, and electronic warfare systems brings all of the access and lethality capabilities of a fifth-generation fighter. The UK has taken delivery of its 14th F-35B Lightning II which flew into Beaufort, South Carolina last week. Crown copyright. In 2018, the aircraft – along with the Navy and RAF pilots and ground crew – will arrive in the UK to officially stand up at RAF Marham in Norfolk. RAF Marham will be the Main Operating Base for the Lightning Force in the UK and from here, they will deploy forward to either embark on-board our Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, or operate from Deployed Operating Bases. Following successful trials on the land based ski-ramp design which is featured on the UK flagship, and with the RAF Marham runway infrastructure completed as part of a £250m major investment programme in preparation for the F-35 arrival, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin earlier this year announced that the F-35 was cleared for take-off. As the only level one partner on the F-35 programme, the UK has been working closely with the US from the outset. UK industry will provide approximately 15% by value of each F-35 to be built, which are due to total more than 3000 in number. The programme has already generated $12.9Bn worth of orders for the UK and at peak production the programme will support over 24,000 jobs in the UK. Some milestones reached on the F-35 programme this year include: 10% production milestone reached Runway resurfacing at RAF Marham complete F-35 is cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful land trials using the ski-ramp design Commanding Officer of 617 Sqn, Wing Commander John Butcher takes his first flight in an F-35B Delivery of 14th F-35
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The British Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has welcomed its first sea-going captain, commodore Stephen Moorhouse. To serve under the local rank of sea-going captain, Moorhouse has taken command of the aircraft carrier that is currently being constructed at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland. #royalnavy #HMSPrinceofWales #newcommander source :https://goo.gl/7TuZYm
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The French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation recently published a video that gives a glimpse into what the reported Franco-German next-generation aircraft might look like. France and Germany announced last July that they would join forces to build an advanced “European” fighter to replace Dassault’s Rafales, and Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoons, The War Zone reported last summer. “As expected, 2-engine deltawing,” Sim Tack, the chief military analyst at Force Analysis, and a global fellow at Stratfor, tweeted on Thursday about the new Dassault Aviation video.
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