With all the
problems now facing the Royal Navy. Both now and
in the future. It desperately needs a flexible
responsive design of warship which due to cost
will not reduce the fleet to a hand-full of
warships. So what is the answer?
Warship. (MPW) Is one class multifunctional
warship with a simple design concept which could
be built for the Royal Navy and the export
market? A design whose idea is for the
warship’s flexibility to change roles in a
matter of hours by simply changing the weapon
silos aft and therefore being ready to deal with
any problem in the future.
Built using the
‘Board Margin’ to permit a ten-percent growth
during the design process. In all constructions
of the MPW the hull, engines, accommodation, and
its attended machinery should be standardized to
one fits all. Thus reducing in
spares and planned maintenance after all every
ship is interchangeable, and with the weapons systems
removed when the ship is in for a refit. These
being made available to other operational MPWs
The ship can be refitted by any civilian ship
yard, thus creating competition. The secondary
weapon system fitted, will be standard for every
ship. Varying only when needed for the future
needs. However; the key to this ship and its
future is the main weapons can be changed for
different roles from pirate chasing, to air
defence, by changing the two weapon silos aft.
If an Apache Helicopter is fitted for pirate
chasing the silos can act as both flight deck
and hanger. Another advantage is the MPW never
becomes dated, because it is not build around
the weapon system like the ships in service
today. On the expense mid-life refit in
around 10 years’ time for the type 45s who will
need to update the ship’s ageing weapon system.
The MPW will constantly be updated throughout
its service life, from launch to the scrap yard.
The operation room would be standard for all MPW.
The software being Linux based and fully
integrated. Each weapon system will come with
its own software compatible with the ship’s
on-board computers. With a simple plug and play
system earning the ship the nickname of the IPOD
To continue towards ship's like the
American $5billion Zumwalt
will reiterate again the Multi-Purpose Warship
is a concept where a warship may fulfill
numerous roles some of whom may not yet even
have been thought of. Where various weapons system can
be fitted into a standardized hull, giving the
Royal Navy a more affordable flexible warship
for the future.
It’s time we got
away from this failed ideology of building warships around
weapons system. The life of a warship is
twenty- five years, a weapon system is five
maybe ten years at best. It makes no
sense in a Warship costing £1.3billion for it to
be obsolete for the last fifteen years of its
After all we change the weapon
fit on an aircraft why not on a warship?