The Royal Navy is set to receive two new patrol boats from UK based boat builder, Marine Specialised Technology (MST). They were awarded a £9.9-million ($12.9 million) contract to build the new boats which will replace the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron fast patrol craft.
According to Marine Specialised Technology (MST), construction started last month (July 2020) and they will provide four years of local in-service support. The first vessel is due in late 2021 and the second will be ready in the first quarter of 2022.
The Royal Navy is set to develop 100-foot long
unmanned robotic submarines which could soon complement the conventional manned
submarine fleet. An investment of up to £2.5 million has been set aside by the
British government for the research and development of this extra-large
With all the fuss over Brexit and other issues, the UK
defence industry remains a shining light in the manufacturing sector. While there
are several “secret projects” nobody can talk about (just like in the movies), BAE
Systems and MBDA opened their doors to The Manufacturer with an invitation to
tour their facilities.
In this rare behind-the-scenes look, you will see some
of the incredible developments within the UK defence industry. You will find
out all you need to about inflatable sea boats, radar systems,
microelectronics, missiles and Environmental Stress Screening. Before we get
started, let’s take a closer look at BAE Systems and MBDA.
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.