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Discussions about all nations and places / Baden-Württemberg class frigate
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:58:41 PM »
German Navy experiences “LCS syndrome” in spades as new frigate fails sea trials
With 90% new systems, this bigger, lighter-crewed monster frigate is not ready for duty.
SEAN GALLAGHER - 2/7/2018, 3:20 PM

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/02/german-navy-experiences-lcs-affect-in-spades-as-new-frigate-fails-sea-trials/

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The Baden-Württemberg class frigates were ordered to replace the 1980s-era Bremen class ships, all but two of which have been retired already. At 149 meters (488 feet) long with a displacement of 7,200 metric tons (about 7,900 US tons), the Baden-Wurttembergs are about the size of destroyers and are intended to reduce the size of the crew required to operate them (in this way, they are similar to the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) classes and the Zumwalt-class destroyers).

Like the LCS ships and the Zumwalt, the Baden-Württemberg ships were conceived in the mid-aughts—the product of lessons allegedly learned from the “asymmetric warfare” of the Gulf and Iraq Wars.

Like the Zumwalt, the frigates are intended to have improved land attack capabilities—a mission capability largely missing from the Deutsche Marine’s other post-unification ships. The new frigate was supposed to be a master of all trades—carrying Marines to deploy to fight ashore, providing gunfire support, hunting enemy ships and submarines, and capable of being deployed on far-flung missions for up to two years away from a home port. As with the US Navy’s LCS ships, the German Navy planned to alternate crews—sending a fresh crew to meet the ship on deployment to relieve the standing crew.

It was to be a wonder ship and evidence of the resurgence of the Deutsche Marine. At least that was the plan.

Instead, the Baden-Württemberg now bears the undesirable distinction of being the first ship the German Navy has ever refused to accept after delivery. In fact, the future of the whole class of German frigates is now in doubt because of the huge number of problems experienced with the first ship during sea trials. So the Baden-Wurttemberg won’t be shooting its guns at anything for the foreseeable future (and neither will the Zumwalt for the moment, since the US Navy cancelled orders for their $800,000-per-shot projectiles).

System integration issues are a major chunk of the Baden-Würrtemberg’s problems. About 90 percent of the ship’s systems are so new that they’ve never been deployed on a warship—in fact, they’ve never been tested together as part of what the US Navy would call “a system of systems.” And all of that new hardware and software have not played well together—particularly with the ship’s command and control computer system, the Atlas Naval Combat System (ANCS).

Built by Atlas Electronik GmbH of Bremen, ANCS is a brand-new, multi-role command-and-control system for the ship’s weapons and sensors. It is intended to tie radar, sonar, and other sensor data (along with information from the ship’s helicopter and drones and the ship’s weapons fire control systems) into a suite of consoles. The system is supposed to allow a small team of sailors and officers to centrally manage nearly the entire operation of the ship and its weapons from joystick-equipped stations in the ship’s operations room. Atlas has marketed the combat system as “The system for frigates and Corvettes of the new generation,” and the F125 class was to be ANCS’ big debut.

But integration of the sensors and weapons hardware with the command and control system has gone poorly, to say the least. The problems weren’t fixed before sea trials began in April of 2016, and Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), the agency of the German government that oversees procurement of military systems, pushed functional tests of the operations room’s systems back to the end of August of 2017. That’s beyond the ship’s original scheduled commissioning date of July 28. And, as of December, the problems had not yet been addressed to an extent that the BAAINBw would accept as successful.

On top of the information systems issues, there are other problems: the ship leans a little to the right, is overweight, and can’t make top speed with its first-time-deployed combined turbine propulsion system that combines diesel and gas.

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Photo by Ein Dahmer


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Unmanned Vehicles / RoKA outlines plans for new ‘Dronebot Warrior’ unit
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:13:19 PM »
DX Korea 2018: RoKA outlines plans for new ‘Dronebot Warrior’ unit
Kelvin Wong, Goyang, South Korea - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
14 September 2018

https://www.janes.com/article/82979/dx-korea-2018-roka-outlines-plans-for-new-dronebot-warrior-unit?utm_campaign=PC6110_E18%20DF%20NL%20Airforces%2019_09_18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) aims to formally establish a specialised unit that will operate and develop new concepts of operation for unmanned aerial and unmanned ground vehicles (UAVs and UGVs) by 2019, an army spokesperson told Jane’s at the DX Korea 2018 exhibition.

The new unit – which is known locally as Dronebot Jeontudan (‘Warrior’) – was first announced in December 2017 to enable the service to create the necessary command and human resource infrastructure, such as a new military occupational specialty to recruit suitable candidates within its ranks. The unit is expected to be “battalion-sized” and will begin operations in October 2018, although it will only be fully staffed by 2019.

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Russian REX-1 counter-UAV system breaks cover on exercise
Andrew Galer, London - Jane's International Defence Review
14 September 2018

https://www.janes.com/article/82990/russian-rex-1-counter-uav-system-breaks-cover-on-exercise?utm_campaign=PC6110_E18%20DF%20NL%20Airforces%2019_09_18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

ZALA Aero Group’s REX-1 anti-UAV weapon on trial on Exercise ‘Vostok 18’. Source: Russian MoD
Images from Russia’s major ‘Vostok 2018’ exercise on 13 September appear to show a production version of the REX-1 counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon in use by Russian Federation airborne troops.

The REX-1 is a rifle-like, man-portable jammer developed by Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group and first seen at a Russian defence exhibition in 2017. It does not appear to have a kinetic kill mechanism, relying on the jammer’s ability to cut the UAV off from its operator, communications bearer, and autonomous navigation capability to neutralise the threat.

Specifications data indicate that it operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ranges, which are commonly associated with wireless and mobile telephone operations, as well as global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS and GPS.

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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Bagacay (MRRV-4410)
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:10:58 PM »
New Coast Guard ship sent to patrol 'southern backdoor'
Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) - September 18, 2018 - 3:55pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard has deployed one of its newest patrol vessels to fight terrorism, piracy and armed robbery at sea in the southern Philippines.

BRP Bagacay (Multi Role Response Vessel-4410), which has been assigned to PCG District Southwestern Mindanao, arrived Tuesday morning at the pier of the Philippine Ports Authority.

Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Western Mindanao Command chief, who was a guest at the arrival ceremony, said the additional deployment of a PCG patrol ship will help boost security along the border in the southern Philippines, where Abu Sayyaf-linked pirate groups operate.

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Coyme said the BRP Bagacay was designed with a bulletproof navigation bridge, and is equipped with fire monitors, night vision capability, a work boat, and radio direction finder capability.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/09/18/1852582/new-coast-guard-ship-sent-patrol-southern-backdoor#2TWzg7ujD06PbH26.99

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General Discussion / Re: Philippine Space Agency
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:47:12 PM »
PHL space agency’s creation a step closer to reality
By Stephanie Tumampos / Story and Photo -
September 16, 2018

https://businessmirror.com.ph/phl-space-agencys-creation-a-step-closer-to-reality/

The Philippines is a step closer to the realization of having its space agency.

Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, one of the very few astrophysicists in the country, announced the sponsorship by Sen. Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV to the Senate plenary this past week of Senate Bill 1983, or the “Act Establishing the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and Creating the Philippine Space Agency, and for other Purposes.”

In an interview with the BusinessMirror, Sese said, “Though it took a long time, we are one step closer to establishing our own Philippine Space Agency and our Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy.”

Coauthored by Sen. Loren B. Legarda and Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III, together with the Committees on Science and Technology, and Finance, the bill is also known as the Philippine Space Act.

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“The Congress [House] version was recently passed by the Committee on Appropriations and is currently being scheduled for plenary discussion,” Sese explained the status of the House Bill 3637, which was introduced by Reps. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Seth Frederick Jalosjos in 2016.

“If these bills are passed by both houses, they can proceed to the bicameral legislative [committee] and then, finally, to the president,” Sese explained. President Duterte has to sign it within 30 days or it lapses into law.

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Infrastructure and Nautical Highways / North-South Commuter Railway project
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:47:14 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssu0mPoWV6k

JICAChannel02
Published on May 31, 2016

The objective of the Project is to expand the economic sphere of Metro Manila and reduce air pollution by constructing a commuter line interval, running from Malolos, the capital city of Bulacan Province at the north of Metro Manila to Tutuban in the City of Manila. Its total length is 37.9 kilometers, and there will be 10 stations throughout the section. The project is to enhance the connectivity of the transportation network and alleviating the serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila.


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Milestone     Description     Details
           
Critical Design Review     Approval and submission of Plan and Detail Design for the project

Purchase order of steel / major equipment
     Completed March 23, 2018 under Commodore Alberto Carlos. See here.

Original schedule: 10 months after issuance of NTP


               
Steel Cutting Frigate 1     At least 50% of the steel for Frigate 1 received / available on site of builder

Cutting of steel required for two blocks of Frigate 1 completed
     May 1, 2018.

               
Steel Cutting Frigate 2        At least 50% of the steel for Frigate 2 received / available on site of builder

Cutting of steel required for two blocks of Frigate 2 completed. ETA September. Three months ahead of the original six months schedule.
        September, 2018


               
Keel Laying Frigate 1        Completion of at least two blocks of Frigate 1

Delivery of major equipment identified during design review
        n/a

Original schedule: 20 months after issuance of NTP



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We appear to be on track with the steel cutting for Frigate #2.  :)

From: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/166416/hyundai-heavy-industries-start-construction-ph-navys-frigate#ixzz5EHJgebQl

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The construction of the second frigate, meanwhile, will start in September. It will be delivered to the Philippines in the first half of 2021.

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Milestone     Description     Details
           
Critical Design Review     Approval and submission of Plan and Detail Design for the project

Purchase order of steel / major equipment
     Completed March 23, 2018 under Commodore Alberto Carlos. See here.

Original schedule: 10 months after issuance of NTP


               
Steel Cutting Frigate 1     At least 50% of the steel for Frigate 1 received / available on site of builder

Cutting of steel required for two blocks of Frigate 1 completed
     May 1, 2018.

               
Steel Cutting Frigate 2        At least 50% of the steel for Frigate 2 received / available on site of builder

Cutting of steel required for two blocks of Frigate 2 completed. ETA September. Three months ahead of the original six months schedule.
        September, 2018


               
Keel Laying Frigate 1        Completion of at least two blocks of Frigate 1

Delivery of major equipment identified during design review
        n/a

Original schedule: 20 months after issuance of NTP



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Past incidents in the area with the Taiwanese coast guard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lurxlUCX3IU&feature=youtu.be

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Airports and Civil Aviation / Re: New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:27:07 PM »



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Airports and Civil Aviation / Re: New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:26:05 PM »
From DOTr FB site

IN PHOTOS: The DOTr Team composed of Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Undersecretary for Finance Garry De Guzman, and Assistant Secretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez conducted a progress inspection of the Bohol “Panglao” Airport today, 13 September 2018, in preparation for its upcoming inauguration on the 4th quarter of 2018.

The Bohol Airport, pegged as the country’s “Green Gateway to the World," is 93.78% complete as of 10 September 2018. The airport approach and ground lighting system, including the beacon light on the tower, were powered last 11 September 2018.

The Airport is designed to handle seven (7) aircraft simultaneously, including large aircraft for international flights.

Once operational, the New Bohol Airport is expected to accommodate two (2) million passengers in its opening year.

National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia and OP-PMS Presidential Staff Officer Jhazzie Poblete also joined the progress inspection.













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KAKADU GUNNEX

IN PHOTOS: BRP RAMON ALCARAZ (FF16) conducted Gunnery Exercise (GUNNEX) at the Australian water. This is part of the At-Sea Phase activities of the Exercise KAKADU 2018.















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IN PHOTOS: BRP RAMON ALCARAZ (FF16) conducted Gunnery Exercise (GUNNEX) at the Australian water. This is part of the At-Sea Phase activities of the Exercise KAKADU 2018.














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