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Feature 7 | EXHIBITION REVIEW International programmes in focus at DSEi

Europe’s premier multi-service defence exhibition, the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) event, was held at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands in September.

covers all and attracted more than 1300 exhibitors and numerous delegations. Unusually, DSEi has warships along side the exhibition hall and this year visitors could see FGS Braunschweig, HMS Dauntless, HrMS Snellius, KNM Storm and HMS Tyne. As highlighted elsewhere in this issue,


the UK is placing great emphasis upon the Global Combat Ship (GCS), whose key elements will be incorporated in the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigate, and is stepping up efforts to bring international partners into a programme. Brazil has already been formally invited to

join and formal invitations will be extended to other interested nations by the end of this year. The Main Gate (manufacture) decision will be in 2013 with an in-service date at the end of 2020. At the end of the year the Programme Board will decide the ship’s precise role, the size of the crew and armament and this will be followed by 18 months of detailed design and costings. The British ships will probably have

CODLOG propulsion and while the new generation of diesels have not been ruled out, an integrated electric propulsion system has because it has too high an acoustic signature. Te British are seeking a performance with a top speed of 27-28knots and a range of some 7000nm (13,000km) at 15knots. Rolls-Royce Marine is likely to supply

its MT 30 gas turbine for Type 26 and they are now offering it to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Korea and Turkey. For Australia the company is proposing it for the New Frigate programme which is scheduled to enter service some three years aſter the Type 26 which is likely to have this gas turbine. Brazil’s frigate requirement is likely

to begin about 2014-15 while Canada is close to launching the Surface Combatant programme, a 6000tonne platform to replace destroyers and frigates. For Turkey

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it is a contender for TF 2000. For most of these programmes the MT 30 is associated with the GCS, although stand-alone installations are also being marketed. An exception is the Korean FFX whose

Batch 1 ships are reported to be fitted with GE LM 2500 engines used in other Korean ships which have been paid off. Tis source is likely to diminish and for Batch 2 new engines will be required, although it seems likely that for logistical reasons Seoul will retain LM 2500. Russia’s Severnoye Design Bureau

disclosed the details of a new aviation- capable offshore patrol vessel, Project 22160, designed for exclusive economic zone protection missions. It will have a displacement of 1500tonnes and be 94m long with a cruise speed of 16knots and a top speed of up to 30knots.

Making its first appearance at DSEi

was Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), but the company was showing considerable discretion and no one was available to discus the reported sale of two submarines to Indonesia.

DSME debut Te yard is currently involved in the KSS-2 (Type 214) submarine programme and anticipates the KSS-3 programme, which has slipped several years, will start in 2015 and involve a 3000tonne boat, possibly with air independent propulsion. DRS Technologies are offering command/

control and sensor packages to update the Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) class frigates including a sensor package offering MRR-3D, SPS-67 and/or Scout Mk 2 radars. The command package would be built


here most events, such as Euronaval, focus upon one aspect of defence this one

The Common Anti- Air Modular Missile has been selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and Type 26 class frigates.

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