I think the (Naval technology btw) Author of the article mistook the Capability insertion phase, which the navy has already paid for, and is after launching of HMS venturer but before the service in the navy, with a mid-life ovehaul. I doubt it will take 10 to 12 years for a midlife refit to add the Mk 41's. Many reputable sources indicate an capability insertion immediately after builder handover.donald_of_tokyo wrote: ↑12 Feb 2024, 15:25The reason I am pushing for initial CIP with only CAMM is delivery speed. If RN want to carry Mk41 onboard T31 "without a missile", and just later start integrating FC/ASW on it (surely it will take looooon time for its verification and certification), why not do it later. Mounting Mk41 only needs a few months, as you said? Just do it later, no problem.Ron5 wrote: ↑12 Feb 2024, 15:08"Locating", integrating with CMS, & testing/certification does not require the ship to be in a dockyard.
I do not think ExLs will be acquired. I think the existing mushrooms (number to be determined) will remain and the Mk 41 added alongside for use by anti-ship & land attack missiles.
Adding the VLS to the ship will be relatively easy. I do not think anything significant will need to be displaced to make room, and the wiring is not especially difficult. Water supply might be a problem but if the T31 design is really ready for them, that won't be too hard either.
I'm assuming the Mk 41 will be filled with FC/ASW. I haven't checked if the availability of that missile lines up with T31 dates tho. I'm also assuming they will be hot launched.
The original Naval news' author also suggested so, as follows:
Potentially, earlier vessels could be completed as originally designed, with future ships in class incorporating the Mk 41 VLS during the construction phase. The earlier designed vessels would then have the Mk 41 fitted at a later date during a capability upgrade phase undertaken around halfway through the initial service life, usually around 10-12 years.
I agree to him/her.
Oh and people say that the £55m contract to babcock isn't enough to hold 20 8 packs of MK41 in it. Which is definitely true, but then those people ignore the fact that the £4.2bn contract for 5 T26 Batch 2 didn't include a £30m contract for 5 Hull mounted sonars,
or how it didn't include the £181m contract for the MK45 gun and handling system, or numerous other instances. I don't even think MK41 has been ordered for T36 B2, or even B1, which means it would be even easier to get them on T31.
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