20 April 2015

Acceptance of 2 Corvettes M3 (HQ 379) and M4 (HQ 380)

20 April 2015

Train number 380 missiles Molnya play by Vietnam was accepted into the

(TNO) From day 10 to 18, April in Ho Chi Minh City and on the coast of Phu Quy, Binh Thuan, the Council accepted the Ministry of Defense and the Navy have successfully organized to pair corvettes ( M3, M4) bearing number HQ-379, HQ-380.

This is the second of six modern missile boats of Design 12 418 (Molniya, Russia) by the Bason Corporation, General Department of Defense Industry (Ministry of Defence) shipbuilding contract to the Navy on contract basis and technology transfer license between Russia and Vietnam since 2009.

Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General People's Army of Vietnam as Chairman Department of Defense grant acceptance.

According to the report of the Council of acceptance, the two ships are accepted at the dock, sea and ammunition in accordance with the plan and to ensure the absolute safety of people and vehicles. Test results showed that the two ships were constructed according to the design and industrial arts; systems and equipment onboard synchronous operation, stable; response techniques - tactical accordance 12418. The shipbuilding contract specifications, features load test run on the sea meets the requirements. Acceptance of all firing weapons in the payroll process is done correctly and meets the requirements set out.

On this basis, the Council accepted the Ministry of Defence has unanimously approved the minutes of the table and acceptance requirements Corporation continues Bason complete the remaining points to continued improvement and reporting agencies functions delivered to the Navy in time to follow the plan.

Two first Molnya corvettes was launched from October 10, 2010 at Ba Son Shipyard (HCM), launched in 2013, handed over to the Vietnamese Navy month 6, 2014 (the HQ-377 and HQ-378). Two next Molniya ships (M3, M4) slipways month 6, 2014, factory tested at sea level month 12, 2014 and last month recently completed test. This is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reunification.

Two ships M5, M6 held assembled hull auction and is continuing construction, expected to be completed in the end of 2015.


TNI AL Tambah Lagi Pesawat Latih

20 April 2015

Pesawat latih Bonanza G-36 milik Skuadron Udara 200 Wing Udara 1 Puspenerbal (photo : Diana Haryanti)

TNI AL Tambah 4 Pesawat Latih Bonanza G36

Surabaya - TNI Angkatan Laut terus meningkatkan kemampuan prajurit udaranya dengan menambah pesawat latih. Hari ini, Pusat Penerbangan Angkatan Laut (Puspenerbal) Juanda mendapatkan 4 buah pesawat latih dasar Bonanza G36 yang diserahkan langsung KSAL Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi.

Komandan Puspenerbal, Laksamana Pertama Sigit Setiyanta mengatakan, pesawat latih yang akan tergabung dalam skuadron 200 wing Udara I Puspenerbal di Surabaya merupakan bagian dari program pembangunan kekuatan TNI AL berdasarkan Minimum Essential Force hingga tahun 2024.

"Pesawat latih dasar ini akan digunakan untuk mendidik calon-calon penerbang TNI AL sebelum mengoperasikan pesawat operasional," katanya pada wartawan di Base Ops Lanudal Juanda, Senin (20/4/2015).

Sigit menambahkan, penyerahan 4 pesawat yang mampu mencapai ketinggian maksimal 5.600 meter di atas permukaan laut ini untuk memenuhi pembangunan kekuatan penerbangan.

"Oleh karena itu, KSAL terus melakukan upaya untuk memenuhi pembangunan kekuatan dan mendorong pengadaan pesawat udara untuk memenuhi kebutuhan fungsi intai udara taktis, anti kapal selam serta dukungan logistik cepat dan pengamatan laut," ungkap dia.

Perlu diketahui dalam periode 2015-2019, TNI AL berkomitmen membangun kekuatan khususnya untuk pesawat udara yakni helikopter anti kapal selam 11 buah, helikopter anti kapal permukaan air sebanyak 8 unit, helikopter angkut taktis 4 unit.

Selain alutsista udara, TNI AL juga akan mengembangkan beberapa pangkalan udara Angkatan Laut (Lanudal) Kelas A sebagai antisipasi pengembangan Kogabwilhan Armada Timur, Tengah dan Barat. (Detik)

4 pesawat latih Bonanza G36 yang diserahkan ke TNI AL (photo : Detik)

Usai Datangkan Bonanza G36, TNI AL akan Beli 6 Twin Engine

Surabaya - TNI AL bertekad meningkatkan kemampuan udaranya. Usai mendatangkan 4 unit pesawat latih dasar Bonanza G36, TNI AL akan kembali membeli pesawat latih jenis twin engine.

Menurut KSAL Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi, pembelian pesawat latih twin engine, dalam program pengadaan alutsista pesawat latih sebagai bentuk upaya meningkatkan kemampuan prajurit agar berkelanjutan.

"4 unit pesawat latih Bonanza G36 kan single engine dan tahun ini akan ada pengadaan pesawat latih twin engine agar kemampuannya berkelanjutan," kata KSAL usai penyerahan 4 pesawat latih Bonanza G36 ke Puspenerbal di Base Ops Lanudal Juanda, Senin (20/4/2015).

Dengan adanya pesawat latih dasar Bonanza G36, Ade mengaku sudah mempunyai 8 pesawat single engine dan berencana menambah 4 unit lagi. "Kita berharap kuota 12 unit pesawat latih single engine bisa terpenuhi dan twin engine 6 unit bisa terpenuhi sehingga mampu meningkatkan kemampuan pilot Angkatan Laut sebagai kepanjangan tangan dan deteksi kapal permukaan laut," ungkap dia.

Ia juga berpesan kepada Komandan Puspenerbal, Laksamana Pertama Sigit Setiyanta agar menjaga dan merawat 4 unit pesawat latih dasar buatan Amerika Serikat yang dibeli seharga Rp 59 miliar.

Perlu diketahui dalam periode 2015-2019, TNI AL berkomitmen membangun kekuatan khususnya untuk pesawat udara yakni helikopter anti kapal selam 11 buah, helikopter anti kapal permukaan air sebanyak 8 unit, helikopter angkut taktis 4 unit.

Selain alutsista udara, TNI AL juga akan mengembangkan beberapa pangkalan udara Angkatan Laut (Lanudal) Kelas A sebagai antisipasi pengembangan Kogabwilhan Armada Timur, Tengah dan Barat. (Detik)

Japanese Firm to Build Ten 40-meter Vessels for Philippine Coast Guard

20 April 2015

Bizan class 40 meter MRRV (photo : goo ne)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded a project to enhance the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) ability to protect the country's seas, particularly the construction of ten 40-meter multi-role response vessels or MRRVs and their staggered delivery from the third quarter of 2016 up to the third quarter of 2018.

“This project is part of government’s program to equip our forces with necessary assets to protect the national marine interest. These 10 new vessels will help the Coast Guard in its functions of maritime law enforcement, search-and-rescue operations, and upholding maritime security within Philippines seas,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

The project, formally called the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project, was awarded by the transportation department to the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) last week. It is being implemented as an Official Development Assistance (ODA) project, via a tied loan extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The loan facility covers PhP7,373,700,000 out of the total project of PhP8,807,700,000. The balance will be sourced from the Philippine counterpart of PhP1,434,000,000.

Under the project terms, the MRRVs will be used by the PCG for the following purposes:

* Primary rescue vessels within the PCG Districts’ areas of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area.

* Assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment.

* Enforcement of applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol.

* Service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area.

* Transport of personnel and logistical support.

The MRRVs will be deployed to various PCG Districts across the country, including Manila, La Union, and Puerto Prinsesa.

JMU’s winning bid is in the amount of 12,790,000,000 Japanese Yen, and includes the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance. The vessels will have a standard cruising speed of 16 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles. 


18 April 2015

Building Naval Warships Costs 'up to 40% More in Australia Than Overseas'

18 April 2015

Government-commissioned report highlights concerns about gaps in demand between defence acquisitions, when demand for shipbuilders ‘could fall to zero’. The report said it may be difficult for Australia to sustain more than one domestic shipbuilder of large warships in the short term (photo : Aus DoD)

Building naval warships in Australia costs 30% to 40% more than it does in comparable overseas shipyards, a government-commissioned review has found.

The government asked the US-based military research thinktank Rand Corporation to review Australia’s shipbuilding capabilities and the costs and benefits of government investment in the industry.

In a report to be released on Thursday, the company noted the Department of Defence was in the early stages of its “ambitious” effort to procure up to 50 naval surface warships and submarines over the next two decades. Up to 15 of these vessels would be large surface ships such as air warfare destroyers, landing helicopter docks and future frigates.

The report’s executive summary – which has been distributed to media in advance – said 7,950 people were working in shipbuilding and submarine and ship repair last financial year. About half of those were employed by the government-owned shipbuilder ASC.

The report examined the issue of gaps in production – sometimes referred to as the “valley of death” – that would occur as companies reached the end of their work on the air warfare destroyer and landing helicopter docks.

The timing of planned acquisitions of future frigates, offshore patrol vessels and new submarines “is likely to produce short-term and long-term gaps in demand for shipyard production, facilities, services and workers”, it said.

“Because construction of the future frigate will not start until 2020 ... there is the potential that demand for workers could fall to zero, with reverberations that may last three to five years after future frigate production ramps up,” the executive summary said.

“Without some way to lessen the gap between the end of the [air warfare destroyer] program and the start of the building of the future frigate, the industrial base will have to ramp up its workforce from an almost negligible level to 2,700 skilled personnel in approximately eight years.”

The report examined options such as beginning construction of the future frigates before 2020, building a fourth air warfare destroyer, or building patrol boats and offshore patrol vehicles in the major shipyards to bridge the gap.

But it notes “there is no stated requirement” for Australia to have a fourth air warfare destroyer.

The report said it may be difficult for Australia to sustain more than one domestic shipbuilder of large warships in the short term “but if the national decision is to have two shipbuilders, adequate productive work must be assigned in the workforce demand gap”.

The document suggested Australian naval shipbuilding tended to be more expensive than in Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US.

Production in Australia “involves a 30% to 40% price premium over the cost of comparable production at shipyards overseas”, it said.

But it noted such a comparison “can be significantly influenced by foreign exchange rates” and “this premium could drop over time, however, with steady production drumbeats and mature designs”.

Apart from the cost comparison, the executive summary made three other findings:

The economic benefits of a domestic naval shipbuilding industry were “unclear and depend on broader economic conditions” but the industry “could potentially employ more than 2,000 people in long-term positions”.

Controlling critical production offered wider strategic benefits and flexibility, avoiding dependence on foreign sources, enabling ship alterations and modernisation and supporting local suppliers.

Sustaining a naval shipbuilding industry would require “a continuous build strategy” and matching the industry base structure to demand.

The Rand report is expected to inform the Abbott government’s defence white paper.

It will also fuel public debate about domestic production at a time when the government is considering how to acquire the next fleet of submarines.

(The Guardian)

Govt Stops P1.2B Huey Deal, Only Accepts 7 UH-1 Helicopters

18 April 2015

DND only accepts 7 UH-1 helicopters (photo : pdff)

THE Philippines has terminated the contract to purchase 21 helicopters worth about P1.2 billion, a Palace official said Friday.

“[Defense Secretary Voltaire] Gazmin terminated the contract and issued a blacklisting order against the supplier,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a text message to the Malacanang Press Corps yesterday.

“We only have accepted 7 UH-1 helicopters,” Coloma also said in the text message. “We continue to commit to the  observance of our procurement laws and defend what is advantageous to the government.”

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier said  they were  planning to scrap the contract for the supply of 21 UH-1 helicopters worth P1.2 billion, citing the supplier’s failure to deliver the air assets on time.

In a notice to terminate forwarded last March to the joint venture of Rice Aircraft Services Inc. and Eagle Copters Ltd., Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin informed the supplier of its failure to comply with the delivery schedule.

“You are hereby ordered to submit a verified position paper stating why the contract should not be terminated within seven days upon receipt thereof,” Gazmin said in the notice addressed to Robert Rice, the official representative of the joint venture.

Gazmin, who cited the  procurement law, said the contract for the purchase of UH-1 helicopters will  be partially terminated for exceeding the 10 percent maximum liquidated damages.

Gazmin said the liquidated damage is equivalent to one tenth of the one percent of the unperformed portion per day of delay. The supplier pays liquidated damage if it fails to meet delivery timetables.

The government has the option to terminate a contract if the supplier exceeds the 10 percent maximum liquidated damages as provided by law.

Gazmin said the joint venture of Rice and Eagle Copters exceeded the 10 percent maximum liquidated damages on January  31, 2015.

“You failed to comply with the agreed schedule of requirement of the contract agreement which provides that the delivery should be within 180 calendar days upon the opening of the letter of credit,” Gazmin told the supplier.

A letter of credit is a document that assures the supplier that the government will honor its financial obligations.

Gazmin said the letter of credit was opened on March 27, 2014 and deadline for the delivery of contract was on September  23, 2014.

(Manila Standard Today)

17 April 2015

Presiden Jokowi Masukkan Pesawat R80 Sebagai Program Nasional

17 April 2015

R80 adalah pesawat hemat bahan bakar berkapasitas 80 hingga 90 penumpang dengan jangkauan antarpulau atau provinsi di Indonesia. Pendanaan pesawat direncanakan 50 persen mendapatkan investasi co-founder dari swasta dan 50 persen bisa co-founder dari pemerintah. Pesawat akan selesai pada 2019, dan R80 sudah dapat dioperasikan pada 2020 (photo : Kaskus Militer)

JAKARTA - Pemerintah menjanjikan akan ikut dalam pengembangan pesawat R80 yang diinisiasi perusahaan Regio Aviasi Industri (RAI) yang didirikan Presiden Ke-3 RI, BJ Habibie. Presiden Joko Widodo sudah menyatakan kesiapan untuk memasukkan dalam program nasional.

”Iya, ini seharusnya mendapat perhatian, menjadi proyek nasional,” kata Presiden Jokowi, di sela-sela menghadiri National Innovation Forum 2015, di Graha Widya Bhakti, Puspitek, Tangerang Selatan, kemarin (13/4).

Presiden menyatakan, pengembangan di bidang teknologi ke depan memang perlu difokuskan pada hal-hal yang menjadi kebutuhan bangsa. Karena itu, dia menyambut baik rencana RAI mengembangkan pesawat R80.

Data-data pesawat R80 (photo & image : IndoCropCircles)

Pada kesempatan itu, perusahaan yang didirikan Habibie bersama putranya Ilham Habibie itu menjadi salah satu peserta event yang diprakarsai Kementerian Riset dan Teknologi. Forum itu diadakan khusus untuk membantu menghubungkan hasil inovasi teknologi dengan dunia usaha dan masyarakat secara umum.

Kepada Jokowi, Habibie sempat mengutarakan kalau perusahaannya membutuhkan dukungan pemerintah dalam hal finansial. Dukungan itu nantinya diharapkan bersinergi dengan support dari pihak swasta dan luar negeri.  

”Mereka akan ikut kalau dari pemerintah ikut menyumbang, dalam arti mengatakan ’silakan’. Karena, industri pesawat terbang seperti Boeing dan Airbus dapat bantuan yang sama,” beber Habibie di tempat yang sama.

Sambil menunjukkan miniatur R80, dia menuturkan kepada presiden tentang sejumlah kelebihan yang dimiliki pesawat dengan kapasitas 80-90 orang tersebut. Di antaranya, tentang pilihan penggunaan baling-baling sebagai penggerak. Menurut Habibie, pesawat akan hemat bahan bakar dan akan lebih mudah perawatannya.

Lebih Efisien dari Boeing dan Airbus

Dia menambahkan, pesawat R80 juga dirancang agar bisa sesuai dengan tipe bandara yang banyak ada di Indonesia. ”Pesawat ini tidak akan kalah hebat dengan Boeing 777,” tutur Habibie.

Saat ini, pesawat tersebut masih dalam tahap desain awal. Sejak dua tahun yang lalu, RAI telah bekerja melakukan studi kelayakan di Amerika Serikat. ”Kalau (dukungan pemerintah) itu terjadi, (tahun) 2019, pesawat ini akan mengudara,” imbuh Habibie.

Pesawat R80 didesain sebagai penyempurnaan pesawat N250 buatan anak-anak negeri yang sempat terbang perdana, namun terkendala pengembangannya pada 1995 lalu. Ada banyak perubahan drastis dari sisi teknologi. Misalnya, pesawat telah didesain lebih hemat bahan bakar hingga 30 persen.

Selain itu, pesawat yang juga akan menggunakan teknologi fly by wire, baling-baling di sayap pesawat juga termasuk teknologi baru. Sebab, punya kemampuan menentukan arah angin dingin dan panas yang dihasilkan mesin. Secara garis besar, dengan berbagai teknologi yang dipakai, pesawat dapat melaju dengan kecepatan lebih tinggi, namun tetap efisien.

Sebelumnya, Habibie menyebut R80 akan lebih cepat dan lebih efisien dalam penggunaan bahan bakar dibanding Airbus ataupun Boeing. Sebab, R80 dirancang dengan perbandingan antara angin yang dingin dihasilkan dari udara di bodi pesawat dengan angin yang dikeluarkan pada mesin di belakang pesawat lebih tinggi (bypass ratio).

“Saya menyampaikan bahwa Airbus atau Boeing itu bypass ratio-nya 12. Makin tinggi bypass ratio, makin sedikit konsumsi bahan bakar dan lebih cepat. Ini (R80) bypass ratio-nya 40. Kami perhitungkan pesawat terbang ini lebih sedikit 30 persen (penggunaan bahan bakar, Red),” kata pria kelahiran Parepare, Sulsel, ini.

Meski secara fisik belum mulai dibuat, pesawat R80 sudah mulai banjir pesanan. Terutama, dari maskapai penerbangan komersial dalam negeri. Sudah tiga perusahaan yang menandatangani letter of intent (LoI), yakni Nam Air untuk pemesanan 100 unit, Kalstar (25 unit), dan Trigana Air (20 unit). (Kaltim Post)

PT DI: Jangan Lupakan Marketnya

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) menyambut baik komitmen Presiden Joko Widodo untuk memberikan suntikan modal bagi pengembangan pesawat R80. PT DI juga berharap pemerintah tidak melupakan segi pemasaran pesawat yang idenya berasal dari mantan Presiden Indonesia BJ Habibie

Kepala Humas PT DI Rakhendi Triatna menjelaskan, justru biasanya pengembangan sebuah unit pesawat dilakukan setelah ada pasar atau pemesan. Untuk itu, pengembangan pesawat perlu didanai, hanya saja pemerintah harus juga membantu mencarikan pasar.

"Kami sih senang karena dengan dibantu, kami bisa mulai kerjakan. Dan engineer kami bisa latihan juga. Cuma permasalahan paling utama, kalau pesawatnya sih kami yakin bisa buat. Tapi justru marketnya. Market di 80 penumpang ada. Tapi bersaing dengan pesawat 100 penumpang dan ATR. Nah mampu tidak?," jelasnya.

Ia mengatakan, PT DI sendiri berharap pemerintah justru mengembangkan pasar yang bisa disasar oleh R80. Dia menambahkan, proyek R80 ini dikembangkan oleh PT RAI milik keluarga BJ Habibie. PT DI, lanjutnya, sebatas pelaku produksi dan pengembangan.

"Dana, kalau kasih modal bisa saja. Tapi jadinya nanti milik negara. Ini yang penting adalah pengembangan. Belum hasilkan uang. Itu 5 tahun bikin prototype. Itu pengembangan saja butuh 1 miliar dolar AS. Lalu baru bisa dijual," katanya.

Namun sebelum itu, tambah Rakhendi, pemerintah harus memperjelas dahulu status proyek R80 ini apakah dikerjakan oleh swasta atau pemerintah. Pasalnya, apabila pemerintah memberikan pendanaan maka proyek ini akan menjadi proyek pemerintah, bukan lagi PT RAI.

"Kalau pemerintah ingin mendanakan bisa saja tapi tidak lagi milik RAI atau bisa jadi dibeli lalu yang kerjakan PT DI. Nah itu masih belum jelas. Kalau misal pemerintah mendanai itu bagus saja, tapi masyarakat akan tanyakan. Ini kaitannya soal dana. Kalau yang kerjakan swasta kan bisa," ujarnya.

Seperti diberitakan, Mantan Presiden BJ Habibie hingga kini terus mengembangkan industri penerbangan Tanah Air. Saat bertemu dengan Presiden Joko Widodo dalamNational Innovation Forum (NIF) 2015 di Pusat penelitian IPTEK (Puspitek) Serpong, Habibie meminta dukungan pemerintah dalam pengembangan industri pesawat. 

Habibie menjelaskan, saat ini ia tengah mengembangkan pesawat baling-baling R80 yang menurutnya paling cocok digunakan untuk menjangkau antarpulau di Indonesia. Ia mengaku, telah melakukan studi kelayakan pesawat tersebut selama dua tahun di Amerika Serikat. (Republika)

Tight Suchedule for US Frigate Acquisition

17 April 2015

The upgraded version of the LCS-1 Freedom class (image : USNavy)

The decision to modify the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to become a frigate means that industry has a short timeframe in which to develop a design for the US Navy.

It is also expected that the new frigate will each cost about $100 million more than the LCS multi-buy unit, up from earlier industry estimates of $75 million. It is expected that the frigate will cost upwards of $600 million per unit in FY19 when construction is due to start.

Speaking at Sea-Air-Space 2015, Frigate programme manager, Capt Dan Brintzinghoffer said PMS 515 has been working with staff from the Chief of Naval Operations over the past two months to work out what the requirements differences are going to be between the first 32 LCS ships and the remaining 20 frigates.

The upgraded version of the LCS-1 Freedom class (image : USNavy)

He said that the timeframe to run a competition is very tight: ‘You have to be ready with a technical data package and the request for proposal has to be detailed enough in the FY17 timeframe to be able to give to industry to come back with either modifications, changes, questions and then be able to proceed.’

In reality, Brintzinghoffer said that there is just 18-20 months to pick and choose what the designs are going to look like. The navy has to have very well defined requirements set and systems selection completed to allow the GD/Austal and LM/Marinette teams to do the detailed design and meet the FY19 construction timeline.

By introducing the frigate as an LCS flight upgrade rather than a new acquisition means that the process can be speeded up.

Original LCS-1 Freedom class, displacement: 3,000 tonnes full load and 115 m in length with endurance 21 days, max speed 47 knots and range 6,500 km at 18 knots (photo : DID)

‘This is not a new start because of the option that was chosen to make a modified LCS the solution for the remaining 20 ships we were able to go ahead and use the existing acquisition and requirements documentation in order to keep the process moving,’ he said.

The reason for continuing with a modified LCS is to keep a hot production line that will reduce the costs of the frigate manufacture but also because Brintzinghoffer said that competition between the two industrial teams has brought LCS costs down – which is why they will run a competition for the frigate. However the acquisition strategy is not set so it is unclear if the 20 frigates will be sourced from one team or both.

To be classified as a frigate means the ship needs to have a multi-mission role and will therefore have permanently fitted anti-submarine (ASW) and surface warfare (SuW) systems, some taken from the existing LCS mission packages (MPs) other capabilities new – such as an over-the-horizon surface-to-surface missile.

Original LCS-1 Freedom class (image : shipbucket)

‘We are working through the process right now of selecting what the requirements are for that missile and how we are going about procuring that missile,’ Brintzinghoffer said.

‘In order to meet the timeline to keep the hot production line moving, which is what makes the ships affordable, we can’t go off and have a five-year development programme, so the intent is to take things that already at a very high technology readiness level and then do the integration of those onto a platform.

‘So in reality a relatively small level of effort compared to doing a missile development programme – that is not the intent it is to lay out the requirements, see what is out there that meets those and make the selection,’ he added.

LCS International Content (image : DID)

There are set of design changes to go through as part of a detailed design of the frigate, the number of missiles are yet to be decided but Brintzinghoffer wants as many as possible that the weight of the ship will allow. Using Harpoon as a baseline he is confident that more the four missiles can be added.

Some modular capability will remain on the frigates. The Hellfire Longbow missile on the existing LCS SUW MP will be modular along with the variable depth sonar that is part of the existing ASW MP. It will be a capability that can be added to the frigate to increase its ASW capability and join the permanently fitted torpedo defence system and multifunction towed array sonar.

The navy wants to avoid major modifications as this will drive the cost up and cause timeline lags that will also increase the cost of the ship. But there will have to be changes to reduce the weight and allow the new systems to be fitted.

LCS with Israeli content (image : DID)

Brintzinghoffer said there are already some weight allowances because the frigate will not have the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) equipment such as the RMMV and supporting equipment such as cranes, which will save 25t already.

‘There are a lot of those opportunities there are reduceability things that we can do. We can modify the way the hull is laid out in terms of where structure is set so we can remove weight and make it cheaper to produce because it requires less man hours, so we are taking advantages of all of those,’ he added.