Internationale ontwikkelingen maritiem

Gestart door Parera, 17/04/2018 | 18:32 uur


Deens plan moet maritieme industrie terug doen herleven

Denemarken wil zelf marineschepen gaan bouwen op eigen bodem. De mogelijkheden die het Deense Ministerie van Defensie ziet, werden dinsdag bekend gemaakt op een persconferentie, waar onder meer minister van Defensie Troels Lund Poulsen op aanwezig was. In totaal wil Denemarken 40 miljard Deense kronen, of omgerekend 5,4 miljard euro investeren in de industrie. Het plan past in het langetermijnplan van Denemarken om de marine uit te rusten met in totaal 55 nieuwe schepen, waar eerder al over berichtte.

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Speciaal voor Ace1
Een video van het Britse MRSS model


Lockheed Martin Launches Patriot Missile From VLS In First-Ever Test

Lockheed Martin vertically launched a PAC-3 MSE for the first time in a test that downed a cruise missile target.

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De bouw van marine schepen gaat een beetje sneller in China dan hier!


Eying China Threat, Congress Pushes Navy On At-Sea Rearming

The Navy's inability to reload its surface combatants at sea with fresh missiles has become a glaring risk.


Citaat van: ARM-WAP op 16/05/2024 | 15:50 uurDe Firma die achter
- de Britse Type 31,
- het Poolse MIECZNIK-prokect (Zwaardvis) Babcock's Arrowhead 140 (AH140),
- het Indonesische project zit om twee Arrowhead 140 (met wat aanpassingen) te bouwen onder licentie.

Ik vermoed dat de Zweden ook meer richting fregat (dan korvet) gaan, gebaseerd op die Arrowhead 140.
Ben benieuwd.

De trend is dat iedereen een slagje groter gaat inderdaad. Zweden hebben van nature behoefte aan kleinere, meer onzichtbare en wendbare schepen. Dit wordt bepaald door hun beoogde optreden.

Vermoed dat ze tonnage willen van onze huidige M's.
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion" US secmindef - Jed Babbin"


Citaat van: Harald op 16/05/2024 | 14:30 uurBabcock To Support Saab On Swedish Future Surface Combatant
Babcock International Group (Babcock), the defence company, has been selected by Saab to support the design for the development of the Swedish Navy's new Luleå-class Surface Combatant.
De Firma die achter
- de Britse Type 31,
- het Poolse MIECZNIK-prokect (Zwaardvis) Babcock's Arrowhead 140 (AH140),
- het Indonesische project zit om twee Arrowhead 140 (met wat aanpassingen) te bouwen onder licentie.

Ik vermoed dat de Zweden ook meer richting fregat (dan korvet) gaan, gebaseerd op die Arrowhead 140.
Ben benieuwd.


Babcock To Support Saab On Swedish Future Surface Combatant  (  :hrmph:  jammer dat dat Damen niet geselecteerd is  :'(  )

Babcock International Group (Babcock), the defence company, has been selected by Saab to support the design for the development of the Swedish Navy's new Luleå-class Surface Combatant.

Saab, commissioned by FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, will design four ships for the Swedish Navy.

Babcock will initially provide engineering support including structural design and auxiliary systems, supporting Saab to complete the basic design phase.

During a visit to Babcock's Rosyth facility in Scotland, senior representatives from the Swedish Navy, UK Royal Navy, FMV, Saab and Babcock met to mark the beginning of the ambitious new collaboration in naval programme delivery, which follows the Strategic Cooperation Agreement signed by Saab and Babcock at DSEI in September 2023.

Babcock and Saab will also work closely together to identify potential export markets for the Luleå design.

Mats Wicksell, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Kockums for Saab, said: "We are proud to take on the mission to start the basic design of the new Luleå-class for Sweden and happy to cooperate with Babcock in this project. This is an important collaboration between Swedish and British shipbuilders, and I am looking forward to a close teamwork to strengthen the Swedish capabilities at sea."

David Lockwood, Babcock CEO, said: "This is a hugely important programme for the Swedish Navy, Saab and Babcock. Our collective capabilities in Karlskrona and Rosyth will ensure we deliver a class-leading design for the new Luleå platforms."


UK Announces Plans To Fit Strike Capability To Future Frigates

The UK has announced its intent to fit land-attack strike capability to both its future frigate types. This decision has been precipitated by changing operational requirements for the UK Royal Navy (RN), due to conflict and wider instability in the maritime domain.

The UK government revealed the decision at the First Sea Lord's Sea Power Conference, which is taking place at Lancaster House, London on 14-15 May. In the conference's keynote address, UK Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps said:

"Today, I can announce that in the future we will be equipping our Type 26 and Type 31 frigates with land strike capability."

Driving the decision, the Secretary of State explained, were events in the naval operating environment, including in the Red Sea. "Events in the Red Sea really do highlight the need for sea to land capability," Shapps said.

Since November 2023, Yemen-based Houthi rebels have been targeting commercial and naval ships using the Red Sea/Bal-el-Mandeb/Gulf of Aden corridor, firing various land-launched weapons including ballistic and cruise missiles and uncrewed air and surface systems. The RN has deployed the Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond and Type 23 frigates HMS Lancaster and HMS Richmond to provide air-defence capability within the international coalition response. However, the RN has not been able to strike Houthi launch and logistics sites ashore – like the UK Royal Air Force and US Navy have done – as the RN ships are not fitted with a long-range land-attack capability.

The strike capability fit for the future frigates is enabled by the presence onboard of the Lockheed Martin Mk 41 vertical launching system (VLS), a flexible launcher designed to accommodate different missiles. The Type 26s are fitted from build with Mk 41. In May 2023 – at the previous First Sea Lord's Sea Power Conference – First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Ben Key announced that Type 31 would receive a Mk 41 fit: the system will be back-fitted into ships already in build.

"We made some decisions in the past with the Type 26 design where this was not an essential initial requirement. We've now recognised that the world has changed," Adm Key told a media briefing at the 2024 conference.

The navy will now use the space and opportunity in Type 26 provided by Mk 41 to introduce this capability, Adm Key continued. It will also introduce Mk 41 into Type 31 as soon as practical: the RN will not slow down the programme to add VLSs to the ships in build; instead, he explained, "We will do that at the first sensible opportunity."

The surface ship fit decision reflects the RN's requirement to expand its firepower options. "It is a recognition that having a land-attack strike capability is something that you can't constrain to just a small number of ships or submarines: you need it to be as broadly [prevalent] as you possibly can. That's how you generate choice," said Adm Key. "It's quite clear that we're being challenged from the land domain; therefore, we need more choice as to how we will engage [that]."

"We have a land-attack capability in our Astute-class submarines, but we don't always have an Astute-class submarine in a part of the world where we need to engage with a threat ashore," he added.

Tomhawk for UK
The US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely fires a Tomahawk land-attack missile against Houthi targets in Yemen. The Red Sea shipping crisis has underlined to the RN its need for a surface-based strike option. Credit: US Navy
As regards missile systems, the land-attack requirement can be met by several options.

Adm Key said the navy has three strands to its thinking: the Raytheon/US Navy Tomahawk, which is already in RN service onboard its Trafalgar- and Astute-class submarines; Norway's Kongsberg-made Naval Strike Missile, which is already being fitted to several RN Type 23 frigates; and the UK-France Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme, which will generate a long-range strike capability in the form of the Future Offensive Surface Guided Weapon (FOSGW).

"From that, we create a degree of choice and in due course we will make the necessary investment decisions," said Adm Key. As the RN explores these choices, the net effect of the decision is clear, Adm Key explained: "The more 'guns' the better," he said.

Together, the Type 26 and Type 31 frigate programmes are designed to deliver capability across the operational spectrum. The eight Type 26s are focused on the top end, with an emphasis on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) but with concurrent capacity to tackle other high-end naval warfighting tasks. The five Type 31s are general-purpose surface ships, but with flexibility in design and capability to tackle various tasks across the spectrum.

For the Type 26s, lead ship Glasgow is in the water, with commissioning scheduled for 2026. Three more are in build. For the Type 31s, lead ship Venturer is in build and is scheduled for launch in 2024. Ship two is under construction.


Royal Navy's Multi Role Support Ship programme to go ahead

The Defence Secretary will confirm in a speech today that the MRSS programme has been approved and the RN will receive up to 6 amphibious vessels.

The MRSS project will develop a single design to replace the two LPDs HMS Albion and Bulwark, the three LSD(A)s RFA Mounts Bay, Cardigan Bay and Lyme Bay together with RFA Argus.

RN amphibious assets have been almost constantly under threat of being axed for decades. Multiple attempts by governments since before the Falklands War to scale back or decommission landing ships have been planned or rumoured. Recent uncertainty about whether the RN can find sailors to operate at least one of its LPDs has not helped. The ability to reinforce NATO's Northern flank is one of the key maritime missions that European and JEF nation look to the UK to undertake and this relies on Royal Marines and appropriate shipping. This announcement ensures the RN will continue to maintain its three core capabilities – the continuous at sea nuclear deterrent, carrier strike and MRSS-enabled littoral strike.

Limited detail is available at this stage but 3 main issues need to be resolved. Firstly the RN must decide what form these ships will take, whether essentially just modern, lean-manned equivalents of today's vessels or something more radical. As the Commando Force moves towards light, agile raiding operations and with its supporting shipping pushed much further away from the coast, the new amphibious vessels need to adapt. Navy sources describe the vessels as "non-complex warships" that will have hangars, a well dock, generous storage for containerised systems (PODS) and an emphasis on the ability to deploy uncrewed systems as well as troops.

Secondly, as the government is committed to construction in the UK, industry must work to build up adequate shipbuilding capacity. Finally and most urgently, the RN must grip personnel issues right now to ensure it can generate crews for new ships as they are completed in future.

A MoU signed with the RNLN in June 2023 to cooperate on MRSS design has not survived contact with reality. In keeping with past attempts to jointly develop naval platforms with European partners, political goodwill and some common needs could not be aligned with differing requirements, philosophies and funding. A Dutch navy spokesman said "The budget is different and the concept is different. That's why we have diverged from the British and have come to the conclusion that we cannot build identical ships". Some coordination on sub systems, landing craft and aviation compatibility are hoped for.

No official concepts or designs for MRSS have been published at the time of writing but BMT has produced two iterations of their Ellida MRSS (centre image above) described as "a tailorable array of scalable ship designs, developed to explore the complex needs of modern littoral operations". Steller Systems has also developed an MRSS concept proposal (more details to follow soon).

If six MRSS are built, then the RN now has ship and submarine construction pipeline that comprises no less than 28 vessels. (8 x T26, 5 x T31, 4 x SSBN, 2 x SSN, 3 x FSS, 6 x MRSS). If we conservatively estimate MRSS will be approx 20,000 tonnes, this would add 120,000 tonnes of steelwork to the programme, almost equal to the aircraft carriers. A contract of this size would indicate that a consortium will be needed to build these vessels. It's too early to speculate how this may be executed but the shipyards at Rosyth, Belfast and Birkenhead may all be involved and sequencing around FSS will be interesting. Furthermore, if capability is not to be 'gapped', work needs to begin soon as the existing vessels need replacing in the mid-2030s.

Overall this is very positive news for UK security and the Royal Marines in particular, provided the next government follows through on these pledges and the challenges of design, shipbuilding capacity and crewing can be overcome.


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"Oude" afbeelding van september 2023

Deze schepen moeten geschikt zijn voor gebruik van Chinooks


US Navy to showcase container based missile platform in Denmark

According to information published by the Danish Armed Forces on May 2, 2024, the U.S. Navy has invited the media to witness the demonstration of a container-based missile platform at Almegaards Barracks. The event focuses on showcasing a long-range missile platform transported to the island of Bornholm.

Containerized long-range missile platforms are revolutionizing naval warfare, providing navies with a flexible and potent means of deploying firepower. The United States Navy has been actively testing such systems, including containerized launchers like the MK 70 Payload Delivery System, which is modeled on the MK 41 vertical launch system (VLS).

This system, housed in a standard shipping container, can launch missiles such as the SM-6 and Tomahawk, enhancing the capabilities of vessels like the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)��.

Containerized missile systems offer versatility and practicality, allowing ships to quickly rearm by simply replacing spent containers with new ones, either stored on deck or below.

This approach enhances a ship's missile capacity, even enabling merchant vessels to potentially serve as "Q-ships," disguised as harmless cargo vessels but equipped with concealed missile systems��.

The containerized launchers also provide an opportunity for mobile coastal defense, with countries like China developing systems that can be mounted on commercial vessels or heavy trucks�.

The Royal Navy is also exploring the potential of containerized missile systems as a cost-effective way to enhance firepower, especially for a navy short on traditional warships and missile launchers��.

In recent testing, the USS Savannah successfully fired an SM-6 missile from a containerized system, highlighting the potential for integrating these systems into operational platforms and contributing to conventional naval battles�.


More SM-3 Interceptors Needed After Downing Iranian Ballistic Missiles: Navy Secretary

After SM-3 successfully engaged Iranian ballistic missiles, the Navy Secretary says more are needed than the dozen per year currently planned.

After seeing how well Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) anti-ballistic missile interceptors performed last month against Israel-bound Iranian ballistic missiles the Navy Secretary says he now wants more. Carlos Del Toro's testimony at Wednesday's Congressional budget hearing comes as the Pentagon's Missle Defense Agency (MDA) wants to end procurement of SM-3 Block IB variants by the end of this year and limit its buy of the follow-on Block IIAs to 12 per year through Fiscal Year 2029.

"I truly believe that the SM-3s will be needed in greater numbers in the future, given the operations that took place in defense of Israel," Del Toro testified during a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing. "Recently, some were fired. And very effectively. So I think given the future threat and our deterrence mission of the Indo-Pacific, we are going to need more SM-3s in the future."



Italy's First PPA With AAW Capabilities Deploys To The Indo-Pacific (persoonlijk vind ik dit niet 1 van de mooiste scheepsontwerpen om te zien  ;) )

The Raimondo Montecuccoli (P 432), the third Thaon di Revel class PPA (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura) and the first with anti-air warfare (AAW) capabilities (PPA Light Plus) has left the La Spezia naval base on 29 April for an operational 'projection' campaign in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe lasting six months.

The PPA Raimondo Montecuccoli has left La Spezia naval base for a six-month global tour which will take her to the Indo-Pacific region