Could New Zealand join the Type 26 Frigate programme? Oct 27, 2019 20:24:06 GMT 12
Post by senob on Oct 27, 2019 20:24:06 GMT 12
I don't think CMS-330 has the AEGIS capability. If we wanted that kind of capability, we'd be better to go with the RAN Hunter class including their CEAFAR radars and probably their SAAB 9lv / LM AEGIS CMS lash up after they have all the bugs ironed out, however I am not overly confident of the RANs success in introducing bespoke software based capabilities. Or even better still, A Hunter class with the AN / SPY-6 AESA radar, which is scalable, and the Lockheed Martin Combatss-21 CMS. This is the new CMS for the Flight 3 Arleigh Burke DDGs and includes AEGIS, ABM (Anti Ballistic Missile) capabilities, as well as CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability). We may never use the ABM capability, but if we need to then all we have to do is acquire SM-6 missiles. In fact if we acquired those from the start instead of SM-2, they cover both long range AAW and ABM defence. Tad expensive though.
We require a platform that is more than just ASW. It must also undertake AAW and ASuW (Anti Surface Warfare) as well, so in reality it must be a GP frigate. That's where the UK Type 31e, in its present iteration, fails in a NZ context and where the Type 26 would be the better option. If we were to go the Type 31e way we'd be far better just to go straight to OMT, bypassing Babcocks, and acquire a F370 design licence straight from OMT. We could ask OMT or the South Koreans to modify the design to our specifications and build it there.
I have been told that costs fall in a warship build program from hull #9, which is the break even hull. The RAN Hunter build is a continuous build program, so if we were to add 3 hulls to it we could get them at a reasonable price, far cheaper than the UK build which is only 5 hulls, however they are making money from the licensing. The Canadian build is 15 hulls, but it isn't a continuous build, and they will be expensive to buy because shipbuilding in Canada is more expensive than shipbuilding in Australia.