When we look at modern
naval vessels, the larger and more glamorous ships generally take centre stage
including the massive aircraft carriers and the ever-dangerous nuclear
submarines. However, if it weren’t for frigates, these super ships would be unable
to safely take on the open oceans.
Frigates are also
called the “eyes of the fleet” and serve as multi-purposed warships.
Their size is essentially in-between a smaller corvette and a larger destroyer where
they act independently of the fleet and can free up larger ships in
While frigates weren’t
suitable to fight with the rest of the fleet in normal battles, they were the
perfect solution to long-range solo missions. This included exploration,
patrols, escorts, blockades, anti-piracy and anti-slavery missions among
Government, with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, has awarded Rolls-Royce
Submarines with a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems for the
Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarines. They have also revealed the name of the
third Dreadnought submarine that will add to their already powerful naval defence.
It is called HMS Warspite in memory of the last ‘great ship’ built during the
reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
contract stipulates, Rolls-Royce will deliver the required support, advice and
materials to ensure the safety of the propulsion systems. The multi-million-pound
deal relates to the current Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarine
fleet until 2022. The contract will also help sustain approximately 500 jobs in
the UK mainly in Derby, HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport.
The defence sector is a demanding industry as companies from all over the world compete for new innovations and technologies. From tanks and armoured personnel carriers to autonomous vehicles and helicopters, countries are always looking to expand their defence forces.
We’ve recently covered some really interesting defence technologies ranging from micro drones to UAVs and military robots. Looking at some of the developments from 2018, the Israeli Defence Force springs to mind.
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Honda is making headlines once again as they seeking potential business and technology partners for their prototype off-road vehicle. Honda’s Autonomous Work Vehicle combines the automaker’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and advanced autonomous technology. Honda R&D Americas have designed the Autonomous Work Vehicles to improve efficiency and safety.
They aim to target public, commercial and consumer enterprises with the potential to support a host of industries. Some of these include search and rescue, firefighting, construction, agriculture, landscaping and snow removal. Honda will feature their Autonomous Work Vehicle at CES 2019 in Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8-11, 2019. Continue reading →