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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:50
Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS)

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS)


January 30, 2015 by Think Defence


The Throughout the evolution of the Type 26 Frigate there has been a great deal of discussion and speculation about it’s export potential. Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and even the US have been linked with the Type 26 and yet not a great deal has been forthcoming.

The emergence of the Type 26 coincided with a new approach from the MoD that placed ‘exportability’ into the decision making process for investment in bespoke design and development. The general concept put forward by the MoD was if the nation is investing large chunks of cash in designs from scratch it had better have some export potential or else it wouldn’t be authorised.

This approach was included in the National Security Through Technology strategy published in 2012, click here to read.

In the past, the MOD has sometimes set its equipment requirements so high that the resulting systems exceeded any potential export customer’s needs or budget. As highlighted in the SDSR, we believe one way to increase the UK’s share of global defence exports is to consider export-related issues early in the MOD’s own acquisition cycle, while ensuring that our Armed Forces continue to receive the equipment capabilities and support they need. This approach was strongly supported in the Green Paper consultation responses.

There are some major equipment projects that will never be exported, Successor and Astute for example, or some crypto as another. For others, the discussion centred on how operational capabilities could be maintained whist still offering the same equipment for export in a competitive global market. It was recognised that exportability could not be tacked on at the end of the development cycle but had to be integral to the process from start to finish. Techniques such as modularity, open system exploitation and parallel development.

It also raised the prospect of compromising on specification in order to make equipment more exportable.

the MOD will adjust programmes, having considered the qualitative and quantitative benefits to be gained from exports, underpinned by robust market analysis of customer requirements in potential export markets.

A recent FOI release included a 2014 report from DSTL titled Embedding Exportability in the MoD which has a very interesting section on the Type 26, drawing a comparison between that and the Complex Weapons portfolio approach that has already seen some export success with the Common Anti Air Modular Missile (CAMM)

On Type 26 it said;

The Type 26 project team made an attempt at implementing exportability by identifying and consulting potential international partners/customers early in the projects lifecycle. This aspect was successful but did not occur early enough and there wasn’t a real appetite to compromise on UK requirements to accommodate export customers. The premise of achieving exports of the platform was also based on flawed market intelligence, leading to a poor export strategy.

Click here to read the full document, it is fascinating and complex subject with no easy soundbite solutions but at least on T26, the additional information is very interesting. It raises the same question the MoD has been grappling with for a very long time, should it compromise equipment specification (and thus, arguably operational effectiveness) for better exportability which offers the prospect of larger volume and lower overall programme cost. Or put another way, the balance between cost, specification and quantity.

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8 novembre 2013 5 08 /11 /novembre /2013 17:50
BAE Type 26 Frigate Program

BAE Type 26 Frigate Program


06/11/2013, Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Le groupe britannique de la défense va supprimer 1.775 emplois dans ses chantiers navals en Grande-Bretagne d'ici à 2016. Le site de Portsmouth fermera au deuxième semestre 2014.


Le géant britannique de la défense BAE Systems a annoncé mercredi qu'il comptait supprimer 1.775 emplois dans ses chantiers navals en Grande-Bretagne d'ici à 2016 après être parvenu à un accord avec le ministère de la Défense. "BAE Systems est parvenu à un accord de principe avec le gouvernement sur des mesures permettant la mise en oeuvre d'une restructuration de son activité de construction navale au Royaume-Uni", a indiqué le groupe dans un communiqué.


Dans le détail, 940 postes devraient être supprimés sur le site de Portsmouth (sud de l'Angleterre), où l'activité cessera au deuxième semestre 2014, et 835 autres répartis sur les sites de Filton (ouest de l'Angleterre), de Glasgow (Ecosse) et de Rosyth (Ecosse). Le groupe va entamer des discussions avec les organisations syndicales. Le coût de cette restructuration sera supporté par le ministère de la Défense, a assuré BAE Systems, qui emploie au total 88.200 personnes dans le monde.


Baisse des commandes


Cette restructuration intervient alors que ces chantiers navals vont être confrontés dans les années à venir à la baisse de leurs commandes liées à la construction de deux porte-avions pour la Royal Navy, qui doivent entrer en service à l'horizon 2020.


BAE Systems entend donc regrouper ses activités de construction navale à Glasgow. Le site écossais se verra attribuer la construction du futur navire militaire Type 26 ainsi que la construction des prochains lots (Lower Block 05 et Upper Blocks 07 et 14) du porte-avions Queen Elizabeth, dont les termes du contrat ont été modifiés. En attendant le Type 26, l'armée confiera à BAE la construction de trois navires de patrouille afin de pallier en partie la baisse du carnet de commandes.

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15 septembre 2013 7 15 /09 /septembre /2013 12:49
BAE Selects 4 Firms for Type 26 Frigate Program

Sep. 11, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — BAE Systems began selecting key systems suppliers for the Royal Navy Type 26 frigate program now on the drawing board.


Rolls-Royce, MTU, David Brown Gear Systems and Rohde & Schwarz were unveiled as suppliers on the second day of the DSEi defense show in London Sept 11.


The awards will see Rolls-Royce supply its MT30 gas turbine, with MTU responsible for the diesel engines and David Brown the gear box. Rohde & Schwarz will provide the ships integrated communications system.


The Rolls-Royce MT30 is the same engine as the one that will power the Royal Navy’s two 65,000 ton aircraft carriers now under construction.


BAE’s program director, Geoff Searle, said the suppliers were the first of between 30 to 40 companies expected to be selected for major systems deals on Type 26 by the end of the year.


There are about 70 competitions for Type 26 systems. Final supplier selection for major items will be completed in 2014.


The Type 26 program has been in the assessment phase since 2010 and BAE is now refining the design of the warship.


The Royal Navy is planning to buy 13 Type 26’s with the first of the new warships expected to start replacing the current Type 23 fleet in the early 2020s.


It will be the maritime industry’s single biggest surface warship program once the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are completed late in the decade.


Searle said the Type 26 program is expected to continue through to the 2030s. The warship has primarily a utility role with a bias toward anti-submarine capabilities.


Aside from the firming up of the supply chain, BAE revealed a number of design changes to the 6,000-ton warship. The most significant of those was a switch of the mission bay from the stern of the vessel to a position just behind the helicopter hangar.


The hangar can house a variety of containerised modules of equipment or facilities ranging from mine counter measures to fast intercept craft.


Searle said that moving the mission bay back gave the Royal Navy greater flexibility including possible extension of the hangar space to handle unmanned air vehicles when required.

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
BAE picks partners for Type 26 frigate work

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI)


Electronics company Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been picked by BAE Systems as the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system.


The system is being designed for the future Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the company's selection follows a year-long screening process by BAE Systems.


"The Rohde & Schwarz proposal for the Type 26 is at the forefront of technology and includes innovative systems to truly deliver a state of the art communications system, Rohde & Schwarz said. "This, coupled with proven high reliability, will in turn reduce the through life cost with respect to support and provide the Royal Navy with improved efficiency of resources, high system availability and operational performance."


The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a new class of frigate.


In related news, Rolls-Royce reports that BAE Systems has contracted it to design the gas turbine system for ship.


Rolls-Royce will work together with BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce's collaboration company with Daimler, to design the propulsion system, which will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum's MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.


"The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission," said Don Roussinos, president of Rolls-Royce' Naval business unit.

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