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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Leader Class Nuclear-Powered Destroyer

Leader Class Nuclear-Powered Destroyer


March 21, 2015 by asian-defence.net


Russia is very likely to start construction on the world's third nuclear-powered destroyer with the assistance of China, according to the Sputnik News based in Moscow.


Admiral Igor Kasatonov, retired deputy commander of the Russian Navy, said the construction of the 10,000-ton Leader-class guided-missile destroyer would begin in 2017. Vasily Kashin, a military expert from the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies based in Moscow, said the project provides a new opportunity for China and Russia to deepen defense cooperation.


The Leader-class destroyer would be the world's third nuclear-powered destroyer after the USS Truxtun (DLGN-35) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) of the United States. Since both American vessels were later redesignated cruisers, the Leader-class would in fact be the only nuclear-powered destroyer in the world. Kashin said that the Leader-class is larger than the two American ships.


Unlike the US Navy, Russia does not have overseas naval bases around the world, the piece said, and it makes sense for Russia and China to build nuclear-powered destroyers or cruisers that can remain at sea for longer. Kashin also said China is working hard on the design of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The participation of China in the construction of the Leader-class destroyer may give China the experience it needs, he said.

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16 avril 2014 3 16 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
photo News Corp Australia

photo News Corp Australia

Australia's Hobart Class Destroyer (image : turbosquid)

14.04.2014 Defense Studies

An advanced training simulator, that will be used to train the future Navy crew of Australia’s new Hobart Class destroyers, is up and running at the Maritime Skills Centre at Techport in South Australia.

The system - called the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) Training Simulator - is part of a suite of simulators and other technologies that will be used to train the future Royal Australian Navy crews of the new guided missile destroyers. 

AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said it is great to see the first Hobart Class training system in place.   “It is a leap forward in technology and is on a scale never seen before for Royal Australian Navy warships or submarines,” Mr Equid said.

The IPMS is the next generation of ship management systems which has a software application that allows for real-time digital control of the ship’s functions, such as propulsion, steering and damage control. 

Course delivery has started for the AWD Alliance Test and Activation Group. Training for the first Navy crew for Ship 1 Hobart will start next year at the centre’s purpose-building training facility.

Training conducted this year will provide key members of the AWD Alliance with detailed information on the capability of the ship’s systems and develop the skills of the instructors prior to training future crew.   

The IPMS Training Simulator uses a variety of operating systems, applications and software to allow trainees to simulate the experience of being onboard the ship and having control of the ship’s systems including propulsion, steering, electrical distribution, auxiliaries and damage control.

“The simulation training system will be used to train crew on how to operate the ship using consoles that will be located throughout the ship, including those located on the bridge.” Mr Equid said.

All future crew members will need IPMS training before going to sea onboard one of the three new destroyers being built for the Navy by the AWD Alliance.

Training is also underway in the United States for the AWD Alliance Integrated Test Team (ITT), industry and future Navy crews to operate and maintain the highly complex combat system – including the Aegis Weapon System and Aegis Combat System Elements.  The training program is being delivered by the United States Navy through the Foreign Military Sales program and will continue over the next 18 months. More than 25 courses are being provided to a mix of Alliance and Navy personnel.

“The AWD Project is progressing with all Ship 1 hull blocks consolidated and work is now focussed on the next stage of systems integration including the load out of the combat system.  It is exciting to also be turning our attention to training people on how to use the equipment and operate the ship,” Mr Equid said.

The Alliance is made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) representing the Australian Government, ASC as the lead shipbuilder and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator.

(AWD Alliance)

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11 mars 2014 2 11 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
Navy Warships Project Heading for Cost Blowout

Hi-tech ... the Hobart Class Air Warfare destroyer. (image: News Corp Australia)


11.03.2014 Defense Studies

AN $8.5 billion taxpayer-funded “alliance’’ to build three hi-tech navy warships was a multi-tiered debacle, government auditors have found.

The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance is running two years late, is $302 million over budget and is bleeding money at the rate of $1 million a week, according to well placed sources.

The auditors also revealed that the original premium for building the three ships in Australia rather than purchasing “off-the-shelf’’ overseas was $1 billion.

That is a 30 per cent taxpayer subsidy to the ship builders.

“The cost increase is likely to be significantly greater (than $302 million),’’ the document said.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report could spell the end for government ownership of the ASC shipyard in Adelaide and, according to government sources, it draws a line in the sand for the whole Australian naval shipbuilding industry.

“Defence and its industry advisers underestimated the risks associated with incorporating the design changes to Navantia’s F-104 design, exporting that design to Australia ... built at shipyards that lacked recent experience in warship building,’’ the audit report said.

The 320-page document slams the government’s defence purchasing agency, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), and its management of an alliance that includes the government-owned Adelaide shipbuilder ASC and American defence giant Raytheon.

Under the alliance the DMO is both buyer and supplier.

“It was costing ASC, the lead ship builder, $1.60 to produce work that was originally estimated to cost $1,’’ the report said.

“It was not until 2013 that the Alliance put in place extensive key performance measures.’’

The Adelaide-based alliance began in 2007 and was the brainchild of the head of DMO Warren King.

The first ship, HMAS Hobart, was due for delivery to the navy this year but has been delayed until at least 2016.

The ships’ designer and hull-maker Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, the Melbourne-based block builder BAE Systems and the Newcastle-based Forgacs shipyard are all strongly criticised for a long list of failings, including dodgy block build practices and poor drawings.

The substandard drawings meant that many already installed watertight doors had to be moved 150mm so they could meet Australian safety standards.

One of the most damaging findings of the report appears on page 232 where the auditors reveal that 570 of 2,000 Chinese-made pipes were removed from the first ship, HMAS Hobart, because they were substandard and potentially dangerous.

“A supply chain failure led to the installation of defective pipes into the ship,’’ the report said.

The pipes were purchased by ASC — the company that wants to build the navy’s next generation submarine for more than $30 billion.

“They (ASC) haven’t done themselves any favours in justifying why they should build the new submarine,’’ a high-level source said.

The key lesson from the report is that Australian industry did not have the capability to undertake such a complex project.

This raises serious questions about whether or not governments should continue to prop-up Australian naval shipbuilders at high taxpayer premiums or buy off-the-shelf from more efficient overseas yards.

It is understood that the Abbott Government favours an Australian naval shipbuilding industry — but not at any cost.

The report was welcomed by Defence Minister David Johnston who agreed with its three recommendations to appoint a high-level project overseer and implement a new design review process and better performance monitoring.

* Air Warfare Destroyer two years late and $300 million over budget
* $1 billion premium for Australian build
* Risks under estimated
* ASC likely to be sold
* Naval shipbuilding under a cloud


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7 janvier 2014 2 07 /01 /janvier /2014 08:50
Final Type 45 destroyer enters service early

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan sails into Portsmouth for the first time [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Sutton, Crown copyright]


30 December 2013 Ministry of Defence


HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy's sixth Type 45 destroyer, has entered into service 4 months ahead of schedule.


The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties now.

The 7,500-tonne vessel will now embark on a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.

HMS Duncan is the final Type 45 to enter service with the Royal Navy. Her handover to the fleet marks the end of a 13-year build programme with BAE Systems to deliver the 6 ships – Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.

Armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defence system which can neutralise threats up to 70 miles away, the Type 45s are the most powerful air defence destroyers ever used by the Royal Navy.

HMS Duncan
Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan pictured during trials off Scotland (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Stu Hill, Crown copyright]

Measuring 152 metres in length, HMS Duncan and her sister ships are longer than 16 double-decker buses laid end-to-end and as tall as an electricity pylon. And her onboard power plant can supply enough electricity to light a town of 80,000 people.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

Thanks to the skill and hard work of the commanding officer, the ship’s company and their MOD and industry partners, HMS Duncan has entered service 4 months early. It is testament to the improving control of projects across the armed forces and significant dedication across defence that all 6 ships of the Type 45 class are now in the hands of the Royal Navy.

The Type 45 programme has provided the Royal Navy with one of the most sophisticated and effective air defence ships available anywhere in the world. We expect these vessels to see decades of service protecting the UK’s interests around the world, including providing humanitarian aid as we saw recently with HMS Daring’s efforts in the Philippines.

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14 décembre 2013 6 14 /12 /décembre /2013 12:20
Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 program



TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire


Delivering critical capabilities, bringing the next-generation destroyers to life


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract.


Raytheon's progress on the program continues, remaining on-cost and schedule, meeting all program milestones and shipyard need dates. Under this contract, Raytheon will complete outstanding hardware and electronics production and assembly for the first two ships of the class, including electronics for the multi-function towed array for the sonar suite; canister electronics and uptake kits for the MK 57 Vertical Launching System; and the advanced procurement of Electronic Modular Enclosure shelters for the third ship, DDG 1002.


"The collaboration of this government-industry team has been outstanding, a high-performing team of experts working together to bring the Navy's vision to reality," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "As systems and deliveries complete, and integration and testing continue, we are advancing closer to demonstrating the capabilities of the most technologically advanced surface combatant in naval history."


As the prime mission systems integrator for DDG 1000, Raytheon provides all electronic and combat systems for the program.


To date, the company has:


    Delivered more than 3,500 hardware items, completing mission systems equipment production for DDG 1000. Production is more than 95 percent complete for DDG 1001.

    Delivered 35 fully populated, integrated and tested Electronic Modular Enclosures, completing the first two ship sets as well as an additional 3 EMEs for the Self-Defense Test Ship.

    Completed more than 6.7 million lines of code for the Total Ship Computing Environment, the integrated mission system for the ship class, achieving all testing and readiness milestones on schedule. Currently 96 percent complete, TSCE software is approaching next level certification, Technology Readiness Level 7.

    Completed advanced ship activation pilot for DDG 1000, demonstrating control of pumps and valves; first use of shipboard software connecting distributed control workstation, TSCE infrastructure network and engineering control system.

    Tested 5,000 hull, mechanical and engineering (HM&E) signals to engineering control system and validated 12,000 additional hardware signals, at the Land-based Test Site.

    Completed more than 1.3 million lines of code for SPY-3/Dual Band Radar for DDG 1000, DDG 1001, CVN 78 and the Self Defense Test Ship and delivered complete radar suite equipment for all ship sets.

    Dedicated a team of experts onsite at the shipyard, supporting installation, integration and test in-line with construction progress to meet HM&E milestones and prepare for ship activation.

    Remained on cost and schedule throughout execution of the program – a testament to the design and development approaches employed, mitigating risks and maturing technologies through phased and incremental testing.


Additionally, the first MK 57 Vertical Launch System and the first Integrated Undersea Warfare suite, with dual-frequency, hull-mounted sonars, have been installed on DDG 1000.


DDG 1000 entered the water Oct. 28, 2013, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. Construction will continue dockside, supported by Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team onsite for ongoing system integration and testing.


About Raytheon


Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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7 décembre 2013 6 07 /12 /décembre /2013 13:30
L'Allemagne vend deux destroyers à Israël pour un milliard d'euros


07 décembre 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)


BERLIN - L'Allemagne a convenu de vendre à Israël deux destroyers pour un milliard d'euros, affirme le quotidien allemand Bild samedi, sans citer de sources.


Ces bateaux de guerre équipés de torpilles doivent être utilisés pour protéger des pipelines israéliens, croit savoir le journal. Il souligne que Yossi Cohen, conseiller à la sécurité nationale d'Israël, était à Berlin la semaine passée pour discuter armement.


Interrogée par l'AFP, une porte-parole du gouvernement allemand a simplement confirmé la visite de M. Cohen à Berlin. Elle n'a donné aucun détail sur le contenu des discussions.

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2 octobre 2013 3 02 /10 /octobre /2013 11:50
Navantia and US Navy Sign Service Contract for Four Destroyers

October 01, 2013 by Navantia - naval-technology.com


Navantia has signed a service contract with the US Navy for four destroyers, which will be deployed during 2014 and 2015 in the Naval Base of Rota, as part of the BMDl, according to the agreement reached between both governments in 2011 and signed in 2012. The contract includes the maintenance of these units in the periods of immobilization in Rota, and has a duration of one year, plus six optional years.


Navantia's experience in the design, construction and maintenance of the ships, as well as its excellent infrastructure and workforce skill capacity, have been decisive for the adjudication of this contract.


Likewise, the attainment of this contract with the US Navy, with the highest level of requirements, gives Navantia substantial international prestige, guaranteeing its leading position in naval military construction.

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