Speaking to Mönch on the opening day of Euronaval 2016 in Paris on 17 October, a spokesman from New Delhi-based Brahmos Aerospace confirmed that integration of the company’s BRAHMOS missile continues on several classes of Indian Navy surface vessel.
“All relevant work on 12 vessels of different classes has now been completed,” he said, adding that integration efforts continue on further classes and that “at least five or six more years’” effort is in prospect under current plans. He confirmed that the vessels already in receipt of successful integration include at least one frigate class and one destroyer class, but was unable to comment on the exact number of further vessels to be enhanced.
Brahmos Aerospace is a joint Indian-Russian venture and has developed the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, capable of being fired from surface, sub-surface, land-based and airborne platforms. With a range of 290km and advanced targeting and guidance features, BRAHMOS brings a significant capability upgrade to the platforms on which it is being installed.
Given the proposals for further development of sovereign capability in Indian industry in various defence and security domains - recently reported in our publications – and given the prominent position Russia holds as a supplier for Indian defence requirements, the state of collaboration between the two nations may soon serve as a model for further such collaboration on a wide range of upcoming programmes. “The level of cooperation with Russia has been very good and we are now in a phase of the programme in which the Indian side of the joint venture is performing the great majority of the work,” the spokesman told Mönch. “We have been pursuing a ‘Make in India’ strategy since well before the concept was launched and continue to seek additional opportunities to do so,” he concluded.
Rolls-Royce to supply US Navy with diesel generators
Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the "John Lewis" class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will significantly increase the US Navy’s capability to transfer fuel to its surface ships, in operations around the globe.
For each ship, Rolls-Royce will supply two highly efficient Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), whilst two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets will provide power to satisfy on board energy requirements.
"We are extremely proud to have been chosen to supply mission critical power and propulsion equipment to the US Navy’s new fleet of replenishment oilers," Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, informed Monch. "This contract renews our long-standing relationship with General Dynamics’ NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, where construction of the first vessel will commence next year. Rolls-Royce controllable pitch propellers, produced at our facility in Walpole MA, have been powering the US Navy fleet for many years, and we’re delighted that the 'John Lewis' -class will continue this for decades to come. These ships will play a significant role in the Navy’s operations around the globe, and we look forward to working closely with NASSCO in delivering our technology to America’s largest ship building programme.”
Each ship will have capacity to carry 156,000 barrels of fuel oil, and also provide significant dry cargo capacity, aviation capability and will operate at speeds of up to 20 knots.
The contract covers the first ship, with options for five more, in a project which plans to see 17 new ships built at the rate of one per year. Equipment for the lead ship is scheduled for delivery in 2018.
Leonardo's next-generation naval systems showcased
Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s stand (J86 - K91 in hall 2A) at Euronaval 2016 gives visitors the opportunity to explore a new generation of sensors and systems on the bridge of a multi-role naval vessel, also with the help from virtual reality.
Leonardo is a key player in the sector and can provide comprehensive solutions for naval mission management which integrate many kinds of sensors including radar, electronic systems, weapons, helicopters and manned and unmanned aircraft. Able to meet the requirements of the world’s most advanced naval forces, Leonardo is already responsible for the provision and integration of all on-board systems for Italy’s new fleet of naval vessels and is developing the ships’ combat systems. The focus of Leonardo’s presence at the show is the company’s innovative “naval cockpit”, which enables the integrated management of ship-board operations with a vessel’s combat system. The new Combat Management System features a modular and reconfigurable open architecture that can be customised depending on the demands of a given mission.
At the show, the system represented by a ‘tactical table’, demonstrating the ship’s command and control centre. Also at the stand, visitors can experience, through augmented reality, new naval capabilities including a new multi-functional, fixed-face dual-band radar, friend-or-foe detection and infrared sensors for acquiring and tracking targets, integrated communications systems and satellite radio. The company also exhibits anti-submarine warfare equipment, including the new ATAS sonar (Active Towed Array Sonar). An innovative new system, the ATAS is one of the smallest and most powerful variable-depth, towed sonars available today.