WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG 76 SEAPOWER / MAY 2016
Design Work Continues
on U.K.’s Successor SSBN
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
The British Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE
Systems $294.6 million to further the design of the Successor
Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile
Submarine (SSBN). The funding
will allow for the maturation of the
design and include the layout of
equipment and systems, as well as
developing the manufacturing processes for the construction phase.
This award follows the March
2015 award of $422.5 million
for design work of the Successor
SSBNs and is within the $4.8 billion Assessment Phase funding
line. BAE Systems received two
previous contracts in 2012 worth
an estimated $486 million and
$467 million, respectively, to work
on the initial design.
The latest funding allows for the
maturation of the design over the
next 12 months and will culminate
in the construction phase. Main
Gate Approval will be needed prior
to the start of actual construction
and is anticipated by the end of
In regard to hull numbers for
the Successor Program, assuming that there are no cutbacks in
future funding, four hulls will be
built to replace the Vanguard class
on a one-for-one basis allowing
(CASD). The first hull is expected
to enter service in 2028 with the
entire class in service by 2033.
The CASD posture was supported in the “National Security
Strategy and Strategic Defence and
Security Review” that was released
in November. An additional $18
billion is expected to be added
to the defense budget through
2025 in order to support the U.K.
Royal Navy’s major construction
programs including the Successor
Philippines to Add
Attack, Patrol Vessels
The Philippines Department of
National Defense awarded the joint
venture of the Philippines Propmech
Corp. and Taiwanese builder Lung
Teh Shipbuilding a construction
contract worth $5.6 million for
three Multi-Purpose Attack Craft
(MPACs) for the Philippine Navy.
A separate contract worth $12.5
million was awarded to Israel’s
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
for the weapons suite that will be
employed on the MPACs.
The vessels will be built in the
Philippines and delivered to the
sea service by March 2017. The
weapons suite for each MPAC
will include one Mini-Typhoon
12.7mm remotely controlled weap-
ons system, two 7.62mm machine
guns and 10 canisters for the Spike
This is the third batch of MPACs
ordered by the Philippine Navy.
The first three were built at Lung
Teh in Taiwan and the second three
at Propmech in the Philippines.
The first two batches were delivered by 2013. Batch three units
are part of the Philippine Navy’s
Modernization Plan “Horizon Phase
1” that ends in 2017. Eighteen to
24 additional units are anticipated
under “Horizon Phase 2” and “ 3”
that run through 2028.
The Philippine government
also signed a contract worth $7.62
million with Incat Crowther of
Australia for two 50-meter monohull patrol vessels for the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The patrol vessels will be built at
Josefa Slipways in Manila with Incat
Crowther providing the design as
well as construction assistance in the
Philippines. The vessels were funded
in 2015 and will be delivered in 18
months (around August 2017). Two
more vessels will be funded in 2017,
with two more in 2018, for a six-unit
class. The estimated value of units
three through six is $5.3 million
each as they will have bigger engines
for increased speed to perform pursuit and rescue operations.
The steel vessels are 50. 5 meters
(165.6 feet) in length with an estimated displacement of around 300
tons. They have a crew of 42 and
will be powered by two Mitsubishi
S16R2-T2MPTK diesel engines for
a top speed of 18 knots. They will
be able to employ a rescue craft in
addition to a 9-meter ( 29.5-foot)
rigid hull inflatable boat.
A new contract allows for the maturation of the design of the Successor
Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile
Submarine over the next 12 months
and will culminate in the construction phase.