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Babcock is putting forward a 120 x 19 metre, 4000 ton frigate design, the Arrowhead. There's a PDF on their website somewhere. Looks interesting.
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Babcock is putting forward a 120 x 19 metre, 4000 ton frigate design, the Arrowhead. There's a PDF on their website somewhere. Looks interesting.
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An interesting option indeed but is it plausible? Like other programs announced there is little public information on the status of the Littoral replacement other than the May 2017 report of delays to the program and possible redesign of the requirements.

Does anyone have any update? What can we anticipate? Were the original requirements pie in the sky or as I feel appropriate for a multi purpose platform?
Nova - NZ has an election in exactly two weeks time, then there could anywhere between 1-2 to 3-4 weeks of post-election coalition deal talks, so it'll be unlikely that there will be any official announcements and updates until some time afterwards (perhaps later in the year).

With polls being somewhat volatile it's not clear what the outcome will be but naturally if the current Govt is returned that vessel acquisition would proceed as planned. If the Govt changes then chances are we will see reviews (and potentially cheaper options explored as the new Govt, as Mr C points out, will need to prioritise what little capital expenditure they have allocated against the other increased (non-defence) operational spending they have promised to attract voters). So we'll just have to see what pans out ...

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Could this be an option for a replacement of the ANZAC's when the time comes?

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Babcock is putting forward a 120 x 19 metre, 4000 ton frigate design, the Arrowhead. There's a PDF on their website somewhere. Looks interesting.
These look like good options for general purpose Frigates.

Personally I would hope that the Govt of the day (when the decisions needs to be made) prioritises ASW due to the growing submarine threat in NZ's wider region of interest and looks towards the likes of the ASW optimised T26 (with its quieter design etc), fit-out options and its flexible mission bay (which also provides additional military and HADR flexibility, which would be an asset in the local South West Pacific region here).

At the end of the day I guess the answers will depend on who the Govt is at the time these planning and acquisition decisions need to be made and what the Govt priorities are.

Timing wise, regardless of T26, T31, Arrowhead or RAN Sea 5000 Future Frigate designs and project outcomes for other nations, NZ may be in a good position in a few years by then as those projects are underway and costs for the successful designs will be a known quantity and if unit production is up, cost may be lower!

An ideal fleet? 2 or 3 ASW optimised Frigates for coalition support with Australia in South East Asia, with 2-3 GP Frigates for South West Pacific to East Timor regional patrolling and escort duties. Hey dreams are free
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TBH we'd get far more bang for buck if we went to South Korea. GB₤250 million is around NZ$450 - 480 million. That's about what the Danes paid for one of their Iver Huitfeld class FFGs. For that amount the South Koreans could build a ship with greater capability than any proposed Type 31e built in the UK.
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Ngati I couldn't agree more about building in SK. Go where you get the most for your $$$$$.

Recce.k1 I would love to see your fleet mix number wise but realistically I will be surprised if three hulls could be bought to replace the existing two. As has been talked about depending upon those elected this year and in forthcoming elections the RNZN could be reduced to a constabulary force only. This would be disasterous. Using Ngati's "Sea Blindness" term it's a horrendous thought to scuttle ones own ability to project NZ power in support of coalition operations and in the protection of the home islands and its global trade.

At approximately NZ$500 million a piece surely three of these style of ship could be acquired.
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TBH we'd get far more bang for buck if we went to South Korea. GB₤250 million is around NZ$450 - 480 million. That's about what the Danes paid for one of their Iver Huitfeld class FFGs. For that amount the South Koreans could build a ship with greater capability than any proposed Type 31e built in the UK.
The yards which built the Iver Huitfeldts have closed, Maerk's excellence at cost control has gone with them, & the full cost of a new ship for someone else would have been rather higher than the headline price, because of the frugality of the Danes (they're very good at refurbishing & re-using equipment from scrapped ships), & the Stanflex bits & pieces the cost of which is pooled, not allocated to specific ships.

Still very good value for money, just not quite as cheap as first appears.

The S. Koreans would be happy to build something designed elsewhere, as they've done with the UK's latest supply ships.
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. As has been talked about depending upon those elected this year and in forthcoming elections the RNZN could be reduced to a constabulary force only.
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With respect, all the primary parties in NZ barely mention Defence in their respective manifestos for the Sept 23 election. The "NZDF Defence Projects update" states that contracts have already been let for the upgrade of the two Frigate combat systems, the tanker replacement, and the ASW upgrade to the six P-3K2 Orions. So there is not much a new leftish Government can do to change the current budgeted capital expenditure, other than (perhaps?) the contract for the needed inshore warfare vessel - which could hopefully be relatively affordable for a COTS design.
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The "NZDF Defence Projects update" states that contracts have already been let for the upgrade of the two Frigate combat systems, the tanker replacement, and the ASW upgrade to the six P-3K2 Orions. So there is not much a new leftish Government can do to change the current budgeted capital expenditure, other than (perhaps?) the contract for the needed inshore warfare vessel - which could hopefully be relatively affordable for a COTS design.
The oppositions Fiscal Forecast includes the following capital expenditure funding as it has mostly been contractually spent anyway.

Defence Command Control System
Strategic Bearer Network - Satellite Communications
Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Networked Enabled Army - Company Group
Individual Weapons
Assault Rifles
Maritime Sustainment Capability
Anzac Upgrade

They still have time to cancel the MSC.

However, their Fiscal Forecast provides no capital expenditure funding for the following projects where as the Government has forecast funded these project allocations.

Ice-Strengthened Offshore Patrol Vessel
HMNZS Canterbury Landing Craft Replacement
Littoral Operations Support Capability
Close-in Weapons System
Network Enabled Army Light Task Group
Network Enabled Army Combined Arms Task Group
Additional Night Vision Equipment
Combat Engineer Rolling Capability Refresh
Land Transport Capability - Distribution, Garrison and Training Vehicles
Soldier Modernisation and Combat Protective Equipment
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protective Equipment
Domestic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rolling Capability
Special Operations Equipment Rolling Capability
Inflatable Boat Replacement
Urban Operations Equipment Rolling Capability
FASC
FAMC
A109 Refresh
Strategic Bearer Network High Frequency Radio Network
Strategic Bearer Network - Satellite Communications
Mobile Radio System
Various Classified Information Environments Upgrades
Defence Command Control System

The Littoral Operations Support Capability is in the $100m-$300m cost band and there is no money for this under the oppositions defence planning.

The following amounts for future CapEx are missing from the oppositions Defence funding: FY17/18 - $708,219,000, FY18/19 - $521,313,000, FY19/20 - $484,411,000 and FY20/21 412,325,000 and the capital charge goes on top of this.

The Governments $3.261 Billion FY Budget 2017/18 total allocation for Vote Defence versus the oppositions figure of just $2.286 Billion. That $2.286 Billion is similar to what the current government spends on OpEx each year.
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Sea Ceptor User Group launched, as Sea Ceptor makes DSEI debut - MBDA

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MDBA have announced the inaugural meeting of the Sea Ceptor users group, including the RN, RNZN and Chilean Navy. Hope the numbers grow for future meetings - a bit of a surprise that Brazil is absent.

Nice touch to host it aboard HMS Argyll, which carried out the recent live firings off Scotland.
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https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/m...-fleet-tanker/

Contract signed to put electronic 'man overboard' monitoring system on the new tanker.
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MOBtronic creates a virtual shield around a vessel which automatically detects and classifies a man-overboard event and supports rescue and recovery efforts of the crew.

The system consists of small marinised pods that are positioned around an entire vessel or platform. With a patented configuration of sensors, the MOBtronic pods notify crew when a man-overboard event occurs, minimising false alarms and operating even in harsh environments.

Using a combination of multi-sensor data and proprietary software, MOBtronic discerns an event from false positive detections caused by birds, breaking waves and other objects. The system does not require wearable tags, which could be removed, either intentionally or unintentionally. Alerts, live tracking and video playback are displayed on the intuitive MOBtronic user interface to aid crew in managing search and rescue operations and to analyse a man overboard incident.

Although the system is fully automated, 16 manual alarm activation stations will be installed around the vessel to further protect crew

Very impressive-looking technology.
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Rumor mill from another forum that the UK may lay up a couple of T45's and sell off the Albions.

The Albions with no hangers might not be suitable but if you can pick up a couple of bargin basement price of T45's might come in usefull.

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Rumor mill from another forum that the UK may lay up a couple of T45's and sell off the Albions.

The Albions with no hangers might not be suitable but if you can pick up a couple of bargin basement price of T45's might come in usefull.

The Royal Navy may have to trim platforms to pay for tech surge
Destroyers could be alittle hard to sell to the folks at the govt retirement village considering even replacement frigates are looking sketchy at this stage.
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Rumor mill from another forum that the UK may lay up a couple of T45's and sell off the Albions.

The Albions with no hangers might not be suitable but if you can pick up a couple of bargin basement price of T45's might come in usefull.

The Royal Navy may have to trim platforms to pay for tech surge
I doubt either of those classes will be under threat, what I see going are the Echos, Hunts and Sandowns, all replaced by a modular vessel which will do the job of all three classes, with a greatly reduced number of hulls in the water.
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Agree, no way the RN will cut the T45 fleet despite the propulsion issue which will be resolved. These ships are state-of-the-art and will be around for another 20 years minimum.
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