DSEI 2013 Highlights – The Type 26 Global Combat Ship
The design of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship continues to evolve with yet another model on display.
There were also a number of contract announcements, so, what is the current state of play with the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, or more specifically, what has changed since the last time I wrote about the subject (with a whopping 541 comments)
Still no decision on the Maritime Indirect Fire System (MIFS)
The two contenders are Babcock/Oto Melara with their 127/64 LW and BAE with the Mk 45 Mod 4 5inch/62 calibre system. Both are in service, both are very capable and both are able to use precision guided and extended range ammunition although the development path for these capabilities is still being defined, designed and trialled with differing approaches.
The last time a design animation was revealed the flight deck looked somewhat smaller than the model revealed at DSEi
The latest design looks much larger, able to accommodate a Chinook
There are also a number of recessed areas for mooring fittings and small calibre gun positions
This aspect seems to be one of the biggest changes with the previous uptake/exhaust arrangement being changed.
At the forward position are 4 sets of 6 CAMM/Sea Ceptor launchers for a total of 24 missiles and amidships, is what appears to be an identical configuration
In the forward position are 16 ‘strike length cells’ of non-determined type, a change from the 24 on the previous design.
In the previous iteration the Phalanx CIWS were mounted adjacent to the front cells and the hangar roof.
Propulsion and Gearbox
As expected, Rolls Royce have been confirmed as providing the MT30 system[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.rolls-royce.com/news/press_releases/2013/11092013_type_26_global.jsp”]
CODLAG it is then!
David Brown Gear Systems will provide the create the detailed design for the gearbox and associated equipment[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.davidbrown.com/david-brown-wins-type-26-design-contract”]
Again, not unexpectedly, Rhode and Schwarz will provide the integrated communications system[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.corporate.rohde-schwarz.com/en/news_events/press/press_releases/press-Rohde_%26_Schwarz_wins_design_down_select_for_the_Royal_Navy%E2%80%99s_future_Type_26_Global_Combat_Ship.html”]
Multi Mission Bay and Hangar
There does seem to be a lot of confusion about this but it will be central to the flexibility of the Type 26. I have included the two in the same section because they are linked.
The hangar will be able to accommodate a single Merlin or pair of Wildcats and this space will be separated from the mission bay with an ingenious door arrangement that can be fixed in a number of positions.
There is a single mechanical handling equipment system that runs the length of the bay and hangar meaning that containers, boats or other equipment can be landed on the flight deck and transferred to the mission bay (assuming the hangar is clear). The roll doors on the hull sides can be retracted and containers or boats loaded and unloaded by the same arrangements through them from a quayside.
The mission bay can accommodate 10 Twenty Foot ISO containers and can be seen in this video
Seems to me that the design team are making good progress within the obvious funding constraints
Of course we would all like more of this or a bigger that (stop sniggering at the back) but let’s be realistic about what is achievable.
No doubt things will change yet again as the design matures, problems appear and compromises made so at the next major naval exhibition there will be another model and yet more speculation about the position of the silos even though this model is the one that will be taken to the next main gate!
To close, something from RT
The lovely lady is Patrizia from Barcelona. She has a special message for the navy blue on TD (although the last bit seems a bit blurred – Besos de Navantia y los pantalones rojos (Kisses from Navantia and Red Trousers), and one just for you…. ;)
H/T Red Trousers for the images and interesting snippets