Spanish shipbuilder Nava- ntia has been selected as
the supplier of the two Fleet
Replenishment Ships (AOR) for
the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
under Project SEA 1654. Contract
negotiations for the estimated
$907 million contract are under
way and Second Pass Approval
now is scheduled for the middle of
A construction contract is
expected to be in place by early
2017, with both units being delivered to the RAN by 2021. The two
new AORs will replace the AOR
HMAS Success and the Logistics
Support Ship HMAS Sirius.
The selection of Navantia follows a 2014 limited tender that
was issued to Navantia and South
Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding
and Marine Engineering. At the
time, the Australian government
made the determination that local
shipyards would not have the
capacity to build the large AORs.
Modifications and improvements
necessary for local facilities to
accommodate construction of the
ships would have delayed the start
of the project until after 2020.
As scheduled, both AORs will
be built in Spain at Navantia and
based on the Spanish Navy’s 19,800-
ton Cantabria-class AOR. Although
Navantia will build the AORs in
Spain, Australian industry involvement will entail up to $100 million.
More Funding Allotted
For U.K. Type 26 Program
The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD)
has provided an additional $678.6
million in funding for the Royal
Navy’s Type 26 Destroyer (Global
Combat Ship) Program. The funding
will allow for the MoD to continue moving forward on the project’s demonstration phase, including
detailed design work, the purchase
of essential equipment and establishing shore-based testing facilities.
The latest funding is in addition
to the $1.3 billion contract awarded
to BAE Systems in February 2015 to
begin the demonstration phase and
funding for long-lead items for the
first three ships. The long-lead items
include the gas turbines, diesel gener-
ators and steering gear components.
The additional funding will provide
equipment such as the sonar domes,
helicopter handling equipment, mis-
sion bay doors and key parts to the
Type 26 navigation system.
The demonstration phase will
continue building on the assessment
phase that took effect in April 2015.
It is the next major stage in realizing
the manufacturing phase, currently
scheduled for this year, although it
may be pushed back to 2017.
In late November, the United
Kingdom released its latest defense
white paper, entitled the “Strategic
Defence and Security Review 2015,”
that called for truncating the Type
26 program at eight units (all anti-submarine warfare variants) with
the final five general purpose units
becoming a separate frigate program. The white paper also called
for further maturation of the Type 26
design, indicating that the Main Gate
Approval this year may be delayed.
The five follow-on general purpose
frigates now have been identified
as the Type 31 and are expected to
immediately follow the Type 26s.
Thales, BTSL Team for
Thales and BEL-Thales Systems Ltd.
(BTSL) have signed a partnership
agreement for the joint development of the PHAROS fire-control
radar. PHAROS is a tracking radar
for gun and missile control. It has
an electronic beam steering capability that enables multiple target
tracking as well as integrated guided ammunition control.
PHAROS is capable of controlling
any medium-caliber gun from 30mm
to 76mm for both naval- and ground-based weapon systems and provides
defense against small, fast-moving
and highly maneuverable air and
surface targets. The overall system
Navantia to Build AORs
For Royal Australian Navy
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The two Fleet Replenishment Ships (AORs) being built for the Royal Australian
Navy by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia are based on the Spanish Navy’s
19,800-ton Cantabria-class AOR, shown here.