Wednesday, 7 October 2015

PACIFIC 2015

DSME Naval Exports Continue

SYDNEY / 6 October 2015 - South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has continued its sales to the world naval market into late 2015, with progress ongoing with its tenders in Australia, and orders in Malaysia and Britain.
According to the company, DSME is in the process of tendering for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) SEA5000 (future frigate) and SEA1654 Phase 3 (replacement supply vessel and oiler) projects. For SEA500, DSME has proposed a design derived from its earlier KDX-2 and KDX-3 destroyers, currently in service with the Republic of Korea Navy. For SEA1654, the shipbuilder is likely to propose a customised version of the "Tide" class Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) vessels which it is currently constructing for Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). SEA5000, also known as the Future Frigate, is the RAN’s plan to replace its aging fleet of eight multi-purpose ANZAC frigates (based on a modified ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems MEKO 200 design) with a similar number of new vessels.

South Korea's DSME is building four double-hulled oilers, using BMT's AEGIR family design, for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
(Photo: BMT Defence Services)
Whilst the exact requirements are yet to be finalised, government sources have stated that it will ideally feature modular mission payloads and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capability, with a strong emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). Strong domestic political pressure on the Australian government means that it is very likely to be constructed at state-owned shipbuilder ASC’s facility in Adelaide, though it is possible that some work will take place elsewhere. By contrast, SEA1654 is to be constructed almost wholly offshore, with NAVANTIA also on the project shortlist.
DSME states that work is at a more advanced stage in Malaysia, which ordered six 1,800 tons Missile Surface Corvettes from the shipbuilder in November 2014. The project is currently awaiting Malaysian government authorisation to make the contract effective, with work expected to begin in South Korea from 2018. Construction is also continuing in this country on the RFA’s 2012 order of four 37,000 tons "Tide" class Fast Fleet Tankers. The first of these was floated in March 2015, with a naming ceremony to be held in the near future.
By Mitchell Sutton

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