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Basil Barnes

I wonder if Thales will be used on the Batch 2 Type 26 or if the RN opt for the Australian seafar option. I can’t see Artisan being installed on all 8 Frigates.

ATH

It would add a lot to the cost to “retool” the design to integrate TACTICOS. It would need to be proved much better at ASW an the BAe system for this to happen.

Geo

CEAFAR isn’t a combat system, it’s “just” a radar, the combat system on the Australian ships is an AGEIS derivative (presumably deleting things like the the ABM and long range AAW modules) and SAAB consoles (mainly because the RAN already uses 9VL).

I can’t see the RN installing a third combat system, but retiring Artisan in favour of either CEAFAR or the NS series could happen. The latter could be adopted if sanity prevails and they simplify the logistics and training burdens of operating multiple systems. Alternatively trade policy may well wind up outweighing naval policy in a post Brexit world and the RN could get told they are buying CEAFAR in order to land a FTA.

D J

The RAN ships use AEGIS, not a derivative. The SAAB tactical interface is a means of integrating all the non US sensors & weapons in use (or planned) on the RAN ships (some are already tightly integrated into 9LV – such as CEAFAR radars). AEGIS was originally written & designed around USN crusiers & destroyers, with little thought about anyone else. Norway does something similar, with their frigates having a Konsberg interface.

NS200 would be a step up from Artisan & is probably what they should be fitting now. If however, they start to fit AAW missiles into the mk41’s other than CAMM or CAMM-ER, than a step up again to CEAFAR2 would probably be a good idea. It will be an interesting comparison when all three T26 nations get their first T26’s in operation. I am sure STRN will do an article.

Duker

AEGIS software is actually the ‘Aegis Common Source Libraries’ or CSL as well and the Australian vessel would mean the Type 26 Hunter class frigate with Aegis derivative software. The Aegis CSL will also be used in the USN proposed FFX frigate. With the specific modules it can control everything from a CIWS to a missile for BMD.
as LM say ‘”Aegis CSL can be used across a variety of platforms, ranging from multiple classes and types of ships to land-based systems.”
http://mil-embedded.com/articles/the-aegis-combat-systems-continuous-modernization/

D J

My understanding is that AEGIS CMS has had a number of its components or submodules split out or modularised into the Aegis Common Source Libraries (just like you can source various other packaged software libraries eg encription libraries for Java). The CMS intended for the USN FFGx is called COMBATSS-21 & is regarded as an AEGIS derivitive utilising various Aegis CSL but is not AEGIS CMS itself. RAN Hobart class destroyers were Aegis Baseline 7.1 as built. They are to be upgraded to Baseline 9 (which is the version going into the newest AB destroyers). ie software libaries are just that. You still need to write all the stuff to hang it all togeather, regardless of where you get the libraries from (in fact you can use more than one source – LM Canada’s CMS330 utilised a number of SAAB 9LV libraries (may still do so?) as well as there own. Having a module that talks to a radar & another that talks to a gun won’t do much on their own. What it does allow you to do is modify just the gun library if required or write a new gun module for a new gun. If the software API has not changed, you can likely swap one in for the other.

So, from my point of view, no – AEGIS CMS is not the same as Aegis CSL’s, thou it certainly utilises them.

DaveyB

Agree CEAFAR would be the best solution for the T26 with the NS200 being a better solution to Artisan. With the current layout of the T26, the Artisan is needed to be used for both 3D searching and target tracking. The ship does not look like it will be equipped with something like the T45’s/QE’s S1850M radar. By placing multiple requirements on the Artisan, it will be a compromise in its ability to multi-task.

The CEAFAR radar is an active electronically scanned array system, meaning it can transmit from each of it quadrants, leaving no blind spots, unlike a mechanical rotating antenna, with its constantly sweeping blind spot. However, the CEAFAR only transmits in the S band, unlike the SPY6 dual frequency radar. S band radars are excellent for large volume searches, not so great on active target tracking, due to their longer wavelength. To counter this, the CEAFAR is paired with the CEAMOUNT radar system. This is also an active electronically scanned system, but operates in the X band.

The CEAFAR arrays can be found on the ANZACs as the diamond shaped panels. The CEAMOUNT arrays are the rectangular panels in between the diamond CEAFAR panels. On the Hunter class, the CEAMOUNT will be the smaller diamond shaped panels.

James Fennell

Radar is complex, I’m not an expert but as far as I know its about what it can do, and there are various ways of doing it. Doing a bit of reading, it seems the backend software is as important as the hardware.

Duel Axis Multi-beam backend capability allows a radar to track a wide range of different targets and a software defined radar allows the functionality of the radar to be upgraded as a vessel’s missions change, and in turn multi-mission capability suits complex littoral environments with multiple land, sea and air targets. Beam forming means the radar can create different different types of beam to identify and track different types of targets. Duel Axis means it can create beam that vary in both azimuth and elevation to suit different threats. Multi-beam means it can create many different beams simultaneously.

Most Dual Axis beam forming radars use a combination of analogue and digital processing (mechanical and PESA or AESA). ARTISAN is a mixed mechanical/PESA software defined 3D radar capable of dual axis multi-beam forming, which reuses about 85% of SAMPSON’s processing software. BAe say it can track up to 900 targets simultaneously. N110 is the latest version of the N100 series, which is also Duel Axis multi-beam forming and is claimed to be 4D (full doppler), using mechanical/AESA processors. Thales say it can track up to 1,000 targets simultaneously. ARTISAN’s stated range is 200km, N110 is stated as 280km.

CEAFAR is a small active phased array (fixed panel) system designed for corvettes/frigates, and has a 3D beam forming backend according to CEAA. Range-wise CEAFAR is described as .medium range’ which is the 200km zone like the other two. I can’t find any data online on its tracking capability.

N200 is the long range version of the N100 series – identical processing just bigger, heavier and more powerful – with 480km range.

It should also be noted that Sea Ceptor and the Aster family of missiles used by the RN are all active homing systems and don’t require a target illuminator like CEAMOUNT (which is needed for ESSM and other semi-active homing missiles).

Meirion X

CEAFAR Radar, would Only be of use to the RN, If the CEAMOUNT panels were stripped Out. Otherwise it will be just be Added top weight and energy needed to cool it.
That would be A Big Redesign Job!

Meirion X

It depends really, on the RN need for a X-band rader with the warpons types used.

Paul.P

You mean missiles like Sea Ceptor and Aster don’t need a target illuminating radar, just one that can track the target and transmit it’s position until the missiles own seeker takes over?

Meirion X

Yes that is correct! ARTISAN uses the E and F bands. The X band is Not needed.

Meirion X

NS110 is S-band only.

James Fennell

Frequency is another issue. Low frequency radars (L -band and S-band) are good at seeing through muck like rain and thunderstorms and are better at long ranges. High volume search radars often use these bands like the Thales Smart L family (type 45 and the QE carriers have one). These can also be PESA or AESA, mechanical or fixed arrays, muti-beam forming and 2d, 3D or 4D! Smart L is mechanical AESA, multi-beam forming and 3D as well as L band (1-2 Ghz band). Low frequency radars need large antenna but have long range .X-band is very high frequency and thus need smaller arrays, but is very short ranged – mostly used for navigation radars. ARTISAN is S band (1.5-5.2 GHz) and N100 is S-band (1.5-5.2 Ghz). CEAFAR is very flexible and can be built in S, X, L or C, depending on the customer’s needs. For example SAMPSON is S-band and has 400km + range. Smart L has 2,000km range! Range however is relative to the horizon for surface and sea skimming targets, so even a long range radar benefits from being mounted high up to see fast moving targets at sea-level. That’s the compromise with fixed arrays – generally they have to be sited lower down for stability reasons, reducing the range and reaction times against sea skimmers. But they are getting smaller and lighter. Offset against this is the lag with mechanically scanned arrays as they rotate – around 1-2 seconds between updates. SAMPSON deals with this by having two panels back to back rotating very quickly (reducing updates to 0.5 seconds) and software does the rest.

Paul.P

Indeed you need to take into account the height of the radar. Adding a few metres increases the distance at which you can detect a sea skimmer by quite a lot.

http://totally-cuckoo.com/distance_visible_to_the_horizon.htm

In the one second, say for an Artisan rotating radar to scan the horizon a sea skimmer might travel roughly 330m ( schoolboy speed of sound) . But add just a metre or two to the mounting height and your detection distance increases by one or two km.
I suspect the decision to go with N110 for T31 has more to do with the cost of the radar itself, the simplicity and cost of the lower mast and the cost of integration with the Thales CMS.
T31 is a ‘commodity’ frigate.

James Fennell

General purpose or ASW frigates don’t really need a 480km range search and tracking radar, given the range of anti-air weapons like Sea Ceptor or ESSM. NS110 is good enough. A multi-role export version of T 31 with Aster or SM2 area defence weapons would benefit from an NS200 and a Smart-L.

Meirion X

ARTISAN uses the E and F bands, see below.

https://www.radartutorial.eu/19.kartei/07.naval/karte020.en.html

James Fennell

E and F band and S band are the same – E and F band are the old NATO band designations now replaced by the IEEE scale. S band (IEEE) = E/F band (NATO). That’s why BAe call it E/F band as S band crosses two of the old band designations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_spectrum

Meirion X
James Fennell

Again its the old NATO band designation. Smart-L is L band (the clue is in the name). D-band is the old NATO equivalent.

James Fennell

Yeah I think everyone in NATO has agreed to standardise on the US IEEE system now.

Meirion X

My apologies, E and F band radar in Europe, are classed as S-band in the US. Another example of differing Standards!

Ron

A few diffrent issues which I hope have been taking into account, the main one is frequency, can the NS 110 and ARTISAN work in the same airspace without causing interferance? Can the NS 110 be upgrades to the 200 series without changes to the CIC?
The idea of having two types of radar in a squadron will make like more difficult for a enemy trying to block a signal. If they block ARTISAN the NS110 will get through or the other way around. It is really time that the RN can have the ability to pass radar screens from one ship to another so that every ship can see what the others have on there screens. I now that when I am working with my collegues I can give them information and they can see waht I am doing in real time.

Rob

Ron; sharing the data on Link 16/Link 22 will (or at should) be part of the overall plan for all NATO units. The ability to share the picture on Link 11 has been around for a long time but, the technology has improved.

WeeWill

I thought the whole point of modern combat and weapons management systems was their ambivalence to radar input, etc? Example being LandCeptor – UK use it with Giraffe but could be any number of sensors?

Ron5

The myth of the superior, bottom of the range Thales NS110 radar rears its head again. These folks do write a nifty brochure.

D J

Actually, bottom of the range is NS50. Something to look at as a B2 River upgrade? Artisan & NS110 appear to be roughly in the same class. Like many such things, there will be pluses & minuses to both. You add them up & decide if you can live with the outcome (or come up with more money if you can’t). In the littorial space, NS110 may have the edge, but at other times, it may be Artisan. If you were looking to build an AAW frigate (like IH), then you should not be looking at either of these.

Ron5

“appear to be roughly in the same class”

Based on your reading of brochures???

Gimme a break.

Steve Taylor

Rather like those who don’t understand the class and limited functionality of the sonar set installed in T45……….That you would be Ron5.

Dern

Rich coming from someone who can’t tell the difference between a cruiser and a corvette…

Ron5

Like computers, the capability of modern radars are delivered by their software. Comparing brochure, top trump type, hardware values means nothing.

Artisan has software derived from PAAMS and the joint US/UK radar development programs with participation from top UK & US radar companies.

Artisan is several classes beyond bargain basement NS110.

Iain McFislane

Artisan is a generation behind the NS110, wait until the performance becomes clear then make those claims again wee Ronny.

Ron5

Some Scots know a lot about radar (some very fine product originate there) but unfortunately, you’re not one of them. Good luck with your top trumps.

Paul.P

Agree, all these -ves are a bit OTT. Artisan located a metre or two higher up the mast increases the distance to the horizon by 2-3km compared to the low positioning of the flat face radars. At the speed of sound that will buy you several seconds of extra time to react to a sea skimmer. Plus I would match the Artisan s/w against the Thales s/w.

Sonik

Artisan is air cooled
NS110 is water cooled.
Artisan has significantly higher MTBF

I don’t know much about radar but it seems both systems have their advantages/disadvantages.

IanW

I could have sworn the thrust of the article was about a CMS, not radar.

Gavin Gordon

I know that the following may well be unfair, but I am want to keep one – now very civilian – eye on the apparent performance of our latest COs as ultimate and necessary arbiter, at least as far as we can glean any impression from programmes like Warship. Leadership ‘aggression’, by which I mean forthrightness rather than a gung-ho attitude, seems to have been watered down by a first consideration over what lawyers will make of any decision. This factor may initially put us too much on the back foot; and we do not have enough assets to get it wrong too often. They may be something of a paria, but Russia’s willingness to get obnoxious is noticeable – they are not alone.
Anyway, please feel free to shoot me down.
Regards

Duker

These things are always relative ….. Russia is obnoxious but those people in eastern Ukraine are ethnic Russians. As for Crimea, well everyone forgets Turkey invaded its neighbour Cyprus and is still there. Cyprus is a Commonwealth country so UK stuck up for them …well no , Turkey a nato country can be very obnoxious and still does to long time UK ally Greece and more recently to Syria Turkeys neighbour, whose civil war was fueled by Turkey and other Arab countries and even the CIA supply line of weapons from Libya …which reminds me about Nato involving itself militarily into both Libya and before that Kosovo ..much like Russia and Ukraine.
As I said its all relative …but many forget recent history which shows Nato or its members acts like Russia when they feel like it.

James

So much propaganda in this article, it remains a Thales Netherlands product and no one in Thales should dispute this claim, the only jobs this will create within Thales UK is integrating TACTICOS with the CMS architecture, a FOI request on the intercompany trading value between TUK and TNL and the total order intake would be quite revealing.

Edwin Awang

Simply not true old boy.

Michael Nicholson

Absolutely true. Thales are not shutting down their CMS development team in the Netherlands(and if it were the loss in their competence that would cause would not be in the UK’s interests!), just setting up a branch office in the UK.

GlynH

I am tickled that the Type 31 needs any CMS given its ever decreasing weaponry, a trio of guns and a hand full of sams. Hardly worthy of complex management. Can’t help but think that an Atari running Space Invaders would suffice 🙂

Geo

It’s the “for” part in the “for but not with”

Bloke down the pub

‘The relatively light (initial) armament of Type 31 has led to criticism that they are just “glorified OPVs”. The capability of a warship should never be judged purely on its weapons.’
Out of interest, when RN ships are fitted ‘for but not with’, is anyone keeping track of how often, if ever, the missing weaponry is ever fitted? Harpoon was fitted on some T45s but as that went where there should’ve been a vls, so I don’t think that counts.

Challenger

The trend of ‘fitted for not with’ really started with T45 as the costs spiraled and they made it worse by cutting the numbers. As you say they eventually got Harpoon, albeit only 4 sets and at a point where Block C is virtually obsolete. The 16 VLS never materialized and an upgrade for the main gun is now unlikely to happen in their lifetime as well.

My gloomy prediction for the T26’s is that we’ll see the 24 VLS mostly empty for lack of missile stocks and whatever CIWS they field will be shared around the active vessels.

I recall back around the Libya intervention in 2011 there were stories of frigates deploying to what was clearly a high-risk area with something like 4 out of 32 Seawolf silo’s filled because it’s virtually impossible to arm vessels with missiles outside of home port so it’s not just a case of failing to purchase systems but also having decent stockpiles of munitions for the ones we do.

The post Cold War ‘peace dividend’ attitude that we can count on western dominance and our adversaries being third rate lives on….

Steve Taylor

FFBNW started way before T45. It has been a characteristic of the RN since the end of WW1 in one way or another.

If the gun for T45 had to be purchased it would never have been. It is there really just for constabulary work. Something, if needed, to wave at somebody in a less than war situation.

Compare and contrast with its better looking Italian cousin………3 medium guns………..

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donald_of_tokyo

I do not think Horizon is well equipped. The three 76 mm guns are primarily CIWS, for which T45 carries two Phalanx. Its NGFS capability combined is less than a single 5 inch gun T26 will carry. Note the 76 mm guns are yet to carry Volcano.

Yes, Horizon-class DDGs has AS turpedo. But that is the only difference to T45, I think.

I’m with you on claiming badness of FFBNW on RN assets. Only saying Horizon is not a good counter argument.

LLnow

Well the 76mm cover more, hit at longer distance and i think they have Strales guided rounds.
That is no 20 mm Phalanx. The Italian destroyer is correctly armed for the Italian Navy fleet balance.

But the major issue is the fleet configuration. RN has no modern frigate until 2027 it seems. it has only 6 AAW destroyers and that is it.So the multitasking so to speak is much more needed.

Marina has 2 AAW destroyers, 8 FREEM´commisioned and 2 arriving (6 GP with 5″ gun 4 ASW with ASW missiles) and arriving commissioned PPA in 2021 and roughly coming 1 per year until 2026.
Just talking about modern ships.

The Italian navy can have specialized ships, RN should not. I just add the note that first RN Type 26 in service will arrive 15 years after the first FREMM.

Dern

*6 AAW destroyers + 13 Modern, though aging, Frigates, that is all. You can’t make a sweeping comparison of several navies and ignore 75% of one of them.

The Italian Navy has 4 Destroyers vs the RN’s 6, 12 Frigates vs the RN’s 13, and two very small carriers vs the RN’s QE’s. If anything the Italian navy is more in need of multitasking than the RN is.

Also 15 years after the first FREMM means 15 years of techonology advances after the first FREMM, so when the Type 26’s arrive we can stop counting the FREMM’s as part of the Italian surface fleet because they won’t be “modern” anymore right?

LLnow

I did not counted Type 23 that have 30 to 20 years old. Like i did not counted 5 Maestrales and the 2 Luigi Durand destroyers.

I disagree that a ship designed in 2017 but only in service 10 years later have 15 years advance over FREMM. That is one of big issues with Type 26 schedule. Also Technology improves not only continuously but by bursts. I don’t think Type 26 will be in a different burst from FREMM.

Dern

Well you’re wrong I’m afraid on that. But as I said you arbitrarily discount type 23 from your comparison despite being throughly capable modern ships so I can discount FREMM from my comparison since they’ll be old and not in the same technological age as Type 26. See how that doesnt work?

That’s why I compared the actual italian navy to the actual RN, but you of course chose to ignore that.

donald_of_tokyo

Thanks LLnow-san

In 76 mm Strales guided rounds, you are right. Both hulls (as well as FREMMs) already have them (the turret is modified to carry the radar).

http://www.seaforces.org/marint/Italian-Navy/Destroyer/D-554_DAT/D554-Caio-Duilio-22.jpg

I reserve my opinion of comparing three 76mm Strales vs two Phalanx CIWS. On the other hand, lack of 127mm gun means they are not intended to carry out NGFS. But, T45’s 114 mm gun is also very much old, so not a good comparison either.

Anyway, I think both T45 and Horizon DDGs are relatively under equipped compared to their capacities. In other words, both ship has good future growth margin.

On the frigate number issue, I felt the same with Dern-san. If you ignore the older ships, right before the FREMM, Italian navy had only two escorts = Durand de la Penne-class. I think it is not a good argument. Italian navy has/had Maestrale-class frigates and Lupos, as well.

The same to RN currently having 13 T23s.

Meirion X

@Donald
Any Idea what cost of a Strales?
Better to have a smaller rapid fire gun on a T45 at least 120 rounds a minute.

LLnow

RN will not buy Oto Melara products even if they are thousand times better. They are BAE competitors.

Dern

By that logic the Arrowhead wouldn’t have been bought either…

LLnow

Yes they are not intended, but note they have only 2 Horizon. So the decision to not have NGFS in 2 ships have much less impact than in 6 T45

Dern

Half the Italian destroyer flotilla can not perform NGFS, all the RN destroyer flotilla, which is larger and more modern on average can… maybe you should make your escorts less specialised?

Steve Taylor

Fitted for but not with is now a design driver. That is why T26 has its mission bay. Yet nobody can ever seem to tell me what will go in there……… But if you mention that here you get down voted…….

Steve Taylor

Oh look a down vote Shame who ever did that can’t make a case for the ‘mission bay’………

Callum

Multiple websites have written articles on potential uses of the mission bay, including STRN. Here’s the second part, which focuses on potential contents https://www.navylookout.com/the-type-26-frigate-mission-bay-part-2-configuration-and-contents/

Literally everyone with passing knowledge of current and future naval development could tell you what the mission bay could potentially carry, so basically everyone here. You’re probably getting downvoted for whining about a nonexistent issue on an article about a completely different system on an entirely separate class of ships.

Dern

Still playing the victim I see. Seriously if you don’t want downvotes work on your attitute, it’s rotten through and through.

donald_of_tokyo

(although it is NOT me who voted -1), but

I think you are unnecessarily being offensive. I also do NOT like mission bay of T26. But, T26 is there and no way to change it any more. And yes, it is NOT meaningless (although other options could be there). It can do many things, actually.

1: its 12 m length is apparently looking for Atlas-UK ARCIMS USVs to carry. I see no problem there. With this, RN can obtain
– a capability to do MCM operation even in contested waters,
– and provide shallow water ASW based on USV drones.

2: Also it is noted for use to carry RM’s offshore raiding crafts (ORCs). T26 can carry up to 5 or more there, enough the send almost all of the RM commando platoons carried in her EMF accommodation, in just a single raiding.

3: Many other options are shown in STRN website. All look reasonable. The only thing is RN need to buy these assets. Fortunately, ORCs are already there and the drones look like to be anyway bought, at least for MCM. Fingers crossed for shallow-water ASW kits.

4: What is more, T26 won the bid for RAN and Canada. It means something. At least, these two navies are convinced with the mission bay. Let’s see how it goes.

5: Also I think, the mission bay will be a good “future growth margin”. We can imagine many things to do, if RN decide to ban the mission bay in T26’s mid-life refit.

James Fennell

The world is going unmanned – that’s the reason. Frigates, like fast jets, will need their own suite of ‘loyal wingmen’ soon enough. We will need the mission bays. Meanwhile take a look a Rolls Royce’s mission bay handling system for T 26. Zo Cool (to be said with a German accent). https://www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/defence/naval/naval-handling-systems/mission-bay-handling-system.aspx

Here are a few things that could go in there:

https://news.usni.org/2019/04/17/u-k-developing-its-own-xluuv-for-royal-navy
https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2018/may-2018-navy-naval-defense-news/6199-first-arcims-unmanned-minesweeping-system-handed-over-to-royal-navy.html
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/07/bae-systems-completes-p950-rib-usv-trials-with-msi-rws/

Two of these systems are being bought (at least a few of them) and the other is a fairly cheap add-on kit for the Pacific 24 RIB in widespread service already.

Bobs Baradur

In the next budget round the batch 2 T-31s will be “fitted for combat, but not equipped for combat”,
to save even more money. HMS Unmanned, HMS Unarmed, HMS Unuseable

Paul

‘An opportunity to think differently about fighting the ship’ – that actually sounds good…..but fight it with what exactly??????? The Type 31 has No Offensive Armament, and a pitiful defensive armament, you really won’t want to get into any type of shooting war so might aswell skip this expensive system…..

Duker

helicopters – check
Sonars -check
Air defence Missiles – check
close in defence cannon – check
longer range cannon -check
All need a connection to the combat management system – note the word combat.
Their priority isnt carrying something like a purely offensive system like Tomahawk, but it certainly can attack, submarines, fast patrol boats other helicopters and fighters ( they dont have to be soley defensive)

Steve Taylor

There will be no second batch of T31. If HMT had money for that it would be better spent on plugging the gaps we have. Helicopters for starters.

Gavin Gordon

You may have to swap HMT for HMC post reshuffle.

Duker

What ships would be carrying these helicopters for the RN. By the time you take out ships in refit and those on extended dockside duties what would those extra helicopters do.
No longer is the RN on rescue duties around UK and the P-8 into service means they dont need Merlins for littoral AS duties when ballistic subs leave and arrive.
Training is far more effective in the high fidelity simulators so the real flying is just a final check off before deployment to a ship actually at sea. The intial training is done using the Joint Helicopter training PFI.

Archie Bethel

To be honest I’m so thrilled I’m buzzing my tits off. Don’t get caught up in the details, cry havok! Let slip the dogs of war*.

*subject to terms and conditions

James

Oh I wish this was the real Archie with phrases like that.

Joe16

Thank you for the brief run down; I appreciate that large parts of the details will be classified, but it would be really interesting to see a comparison between the TACTICOS system and BAE’s offering. Ultimately, how different are they and what is TACTICOS adding to the party?

Ron5

It’s cheaper
It’s not Bae
It’s for show not go

Joe16

Thanks, the lower price tag doesn’t surprise me, given the platform.
That said, I haven’t had a long look but I can’t find much criticism for the system. It’s very widely used across the world, in Europe and the US. What’s wrong with it?

Ron5

I was being facetious, no reason to believe it’s not perfectly fine but the first two are 100%!

Jon

It may also be relevant that HDMS Iver Huitfeldt uses Tacticos AAW.

Ron5

More relevant is that Thales is Babcock’s partner on the Type 31 program

d74

Sir,
I’m French and not a sailor.
Am I allowed to believe that France (through Thales) will build about 20-30% of the T31 series?
For Thales UK, give me a break. Thales UK has 8500 employees. Thales France is about 60,000, and worldwide 85,000. Tacticos is essentially software, i.e. files that go in both directions between France and UK during the studies.
Thales France owns 30% of DCNS( Naval group). These 2 companies work together to build our aircraft carrier, frigates, attack submarines and strategic submarines. And foreign navies. A great success. I’m happy to see RN will benefit from this.

Duker

Thales under its previous name Thomson -CSF bought the UK company Racal around 1999. Racal has an interesting background , they created Vodafone before ‘spinning it off ‘as a separate business and had bought Decca back in the 1980s and Thorn in the 90s..
Thales also previously bought the dutch naval electronics company Signaal from Phillips in the 90s. Signaal was formed in the 1920s by Hazemeyer and Siemens to get around Treaty of Versailles restrictions and worked on naval fire control systems until nationalised after the war.
TACTICOS was developed in the Netherlands

James Fennell

As far as I know the Thales products set for T31 are the NS110 radar, Mirador EO and TACTICOS CMS, all of which originate with Thales Netherlands, and the Vigile D ESM which is made by Thales UK. Of course, like BAe products made in Sweden, Australia, Germany or the US, the parent company will benefit on the bottom line, and since Thales is a risk sharing partner with Babcock on the bid, that should include a profit share above and beyond the value of the individual products supplied. The design is originally Danish, so there will be some royalties there, and the weapons and defensive aids are mostly from BAe-Bofors (made in Sweden and the USA) and MBDA in the UK. Other radars and bridge systems come from Raytheon in Germany and Hensoldt Kevin Hughes in the UK. I think the powertrain is from Rolls-Royce MTU in Germany and David Brown in the UK. Also Thales was part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance with Babcock and BAe and may have some ship-design and construction expertise in the mix somewhere too. Whatever it may be, we are glad to have such an excellent company on our shores too. In the UK they bought up Racal/Decca and Thorn-EMI which were primarily defence electronics businesses.

Ron5

Thales Gatekeeper too.

d74

Thank you for your answers. I should have said first that STRN is a model of information that goes to the heart of the details, without going beyond the limits of secrecy. Not to mention freedom of speech. Rare and precious.
Many thanks.