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A small update from the Royal Navy website.
1) HMS Ocean in dry dock ---> 15 years or more service life mentioned, so OSD 2022 at the earliest it would seem
I'm glad to read that HMS Ocean has a future, but will there be a case and funding for a replacement by 2022?
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Eurofighter CEO Ays Rauen says he remains very confident that the company will get a response to its proposals for the third production tranche of
Eurofighter Typhoons later this week, following what he calls "very positive feedback" from the customer.
Eurofighter was asked to deliver proposals for the 236 aircraft Tranche 3 production batch last summer, with a deadline of 14 December. Although the
process usually takes 15 months, the company met the deadline, and delivered further details, as requested, on February14 and is now waiting for a
response from NETMA (NATO's Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) and the four partner nations (the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain).
Rauen said at ILA yesterday that he hopes to complete negotiations on pricing before the summer break, to maintain production continuity, and avoid
the cost of a gap in manufacturing. He confirmed that Britain and Italy had requested 'options', outlining the repercussions of ordering fewer
aircraft in Tranche 3. He confirmed that these included a 'zero' option, and a 50% buy by these two nations.
Rauen refused to talk about possible penalties, but Chief Operating Officer Brian Phillipson pointed out that the umbrella contract (for 620 aircraft
across three tranches) was a contract, and that any reductions would require compensation, and some complex financial restructuring.
Eurofighter also has orders for 15 aircraft from Austria, and 72 from Saudi Arabia, and Rauen expressed his pride at being "the best seller and the
Mechanically scanned and AESA solutions are now being offered for Tranche 3 Typhoons, Euroradar said at the show yesterday.
These include an innovative design with a physical gimbal (improving azimuth and elevation coverage) to meet RAF requirements for a wider field of regard.
Euroradar has already demonstrated an AESA version of Captor in the so-called CAESAR programme.
Although some customers specify an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar in their next generation fighters, Eurofighter says it has so far found
that the performance of the Typhoon's mechanically scanned Captor (Captor-M) exceeds that of first generation AESA radars, and this has convinced the
"The only AESA radar that will come anywhere close to holding its own against Captor is the APG-63(V)-5 being developed for USAF F-15s" according
to one Selex source.
Euroradar's Michael Bischoff said that Captor-M is "the best mechanically scanned radar in the world - much better than the competition" and
that it has some unique capabilities that no other mechanically scanned radars have. These include an ability to 'priority track' interrupting the
normal scan pattern to concentrate on a particular area of interest. "Captor is the only mechanically scanned radar that does this." Bischoff said.
Though electronically scanned radars offer faster scan rates, with search and track times up to one third quicker than those of mechanically scanned radars,
the Captor-M enjoys significant advantages in range and azimuth coverage, and especially in range at the edges of the scan, where energy losses inherent in
phase shifting can dramatically reduce the range performance of an AESA radar.
Jun 10 08 11:07 AM
A new Royal Navy air defence missile has been successfully tested in the Mediterranean.
The Principals Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) launched a missile at over 3,045mph off the French coast on June 4th and hit a target simulating an aircraft
travelling at 450mph and at an altitude of 10km.
The new system has been developed to allow the Type 45 Destroyer to defend a fleet against anti-ship missiles.
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Bob Cooling, said of the tests: "The Royal Navy is delighted with the successful firing of PAAMS. We are
looking forward to this world class capability entering service on board the Type 45 Daring Class destroyers."
Dave Twitchin, Ministry of Defence director of Destroyers, added: "The first firing was a tense moment, and the culmination of much innovation and
development which made the direct hit all the more exciting.
"This is just the first in a series of trials to come, but it is a significant milestone along the way. All the teams that have worked closely together
are rightly proud of the work they've done."
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