The Royal Navy
05 July

Helicopter carrier OCEAN sails from Plymouth for the first time since Oct 2012, when she had started a major refit.
Zur geplanten Außerdienststellung der HMS Illustrious, des letzten Trägers der Invincible-Klasse, die noch dieses Jahr erfolgen soll:
Zitat:Fond farewell as HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth for final time

Crowds gathered in Portsmouth earlier to say goodbye to HMS Illustrious, as it returned to its home port for the final time. Hundreds of people lined the harbour walls and jetty to wave home the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier. [...] The warship is the last of the Invincible class of aircraft carriers which included the Ark Royal and Invincible, introduced into the navy in the 1980s. [...] HMS Illustrious will be replaced by HMS Ocean, which has just received a £65m refit.

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Zitat:The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is being urged to hold an open competition to fill any requirement for maritime patrol or multimission aircraft that may emerge from its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) later this year, rather than pursue a sole-source procurement with Boeing.

Speaking in the run-up to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, Gary Soul, account lead for air ISTAR at Airbus Defence & Space, cautioned against the MoD acquiring the Boeing 737-based P-8 to close a capability gap created following the UK’s last SDSR, in 2010.

Concerned about the potential for a non-competitive selection, Airbus made an unsolicited offer to the MoD in June 2014, based on the use of its C295 platform, which has already been adapted for a range of special mission tasks. The company proposes equipping the UK with 12 of the type, which Soul says would be sufficient to sustain three operational “task lines”, plus training activities. The aircraft would be equipped with weapons and sonobuoys, which are already in the UK military inventory.

The C295’s ability to perform multiple tasks is another element of the Airbus proposal, with Soul suggesting that other applications could include long-range search and rescue, exclusive economic zone protection, deploying paratroops and supporting counter-terrorism and special forces operations. The aircraft has a palletised mission system which, he notes, can be removed via a cargo ramp if required for duties such as flying humanitarian relief supplies, with extended-range missions supported by air-to-air refuelling.

Three different maritime search radars have already been integrated with the type for existing customers, and Soul says Airbus is now in discussion with a UK supplier which he believes would give it “a significant edge” in any future contest. Further details will be announced later this year.

Airbus claims that its C295 could be acquired for one-third of the cost of a P-8.

“With a small handful of shiny jets, you can’t do everything,” Soul says. “We believe we have a very capable set of mission systems that would give turbofan offerings a good run for their money. We need a competition to prove that.”

Airbus bietet also die C295 MPA als Konkurrent zur P8 an...
ein offener Wettbewerb könnte hier echt sehr interessant sein, weil der Nutzen von wenigen sehr spezialisierten "High-End" Flugzeugen mit dem Nutzen von vielen "Medium-End" Flugzeugen verglichen wird
Vorteil C295:
+Anschaffungskosten und Betrieb deutlich günstiger ich bekomme 12 C295MPA für 4 P8)
+durch ihre hohe Anzahl auch flexibler und an mehreren Orten einsetzbar
+Multi use (SAR, Transporter, Fallschirmjäger,...)

Vorteil P8:
+höhere Reichweite
+höhere Zuladung
Antriebsprobleme beib den Typ 45 Zerstörern. Stromversorgung bricht zusammen, wenn man in zu warmen Wasser fährt, da die Turbinen dann nicht richtig gekühlt werden. Jetzt sollen Dieselmotoren eingebaut werden. Mal schauen wie das funktioniernen soll. ... 91928.html
Die einstmals so stolze Royal Navy erreicht einen neuen Tiefpunkt:

Aus Kostengründen werden 2017 alle Sea Skua außer Dienst gestellt und im Jahr darauf alle Harpoon Seezielflugkörper ersatzlos gestrichen. Damit wird die Royal Navy für mindestens zwei Jahre zur Seezielbekämpfung alleine auf die Schiffsgeschütze zurückgreifen müssen, bevor frühestens 2020 die hubschraubergestützte Sea Venom als Sea Skua-Ersatz eingeführt werden kann.

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Zitat:Defense News

Royal Navy names new offshore patrol vessel

The first ship in a second batch of River-class offshore patrol boats has been formally named by Britain's Royal Navy

Britain's Royal Navy has officially named the first ship in the second batch of updated River-class offshore patrol vessels from BAE Systems. HMS Forth is about 295 feet long and displaces 2,204 tons of water. It has a top speed of about 24 knots and is equipped with a 30mm cannon and a helicopter flight deck.

The ship was named Thursday at a BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, Scotland. [...] "HMS Forth, part of the updated River-lass of Offshore Patrol Vessels, is one of the most advanced ships of its type and will provide the Royal Navy with the means to undertake vital operations safely and effectively," Vice Adm. Simon Lister, chief of Materiel for the Ministry of Defense's Equipment and Support organization, said in a press release.

Ein neues Atom-U-Boot für die Royal Navy: Die HMS Audacious, ein Boot der über 7.000 ts großen Astute-Klasse, wurde zu Wasser gelassen...
Zitat:HMS Audacious has been spotted taking her first trip out of dry storage in Barrow-in-Furness

She has been ten years in the making but now the 318ft long, 7,400 tonne nuclear-powered HMS Audacious took her first trip in water on Friday, April 28, during a floating out ceremony in Cumbria. She will then start her testing program, before leaving Barrow for sea trials next year.

Part of a £1billion project, Audacious is the fourth out of seven astute class submarines commissioned by the Government to set a new standard in weapons. When armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, she will be capable of striking targets up to 750 miles from the coast with pinpoint accuracy. [...] She was officially named during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Cumbria, back in December.

Neuer aircraft carrier der Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth bei ersten sea trials.


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