NEWS: New generators and radars for Royal Navy warships

Type 45

Type 45 (commons.wikimedia)

The Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 45s will need to go in to refit to address an ongoing problem with the vessel’s ability to generate power when at combat stations according to the BBC. The demands of using it’s full range of systems such as in a combat scenario have proven too much for the electrical generators and current proposals involve upgrading the six ships’ diesel generators to “add greater resilience to the power and the propulsion system”.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told the BBC:

The Type 45 destroyers are hugely capable ships and have consistently made a difference to our safety and security, including HMS Defender’s support to US carrier operations against Daesh in the Gulf. In our defence review last year we committed to improving the Type 45’s power and propulsion system through a series of machinery upgrades during planned maintenance, which will ensure increased availability and resilience over the life of the ships.

HMS St Albans

Type 23 HMS St Albans (

In other news, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems UK have won a £63m contract to supply the Royal Navy with up to 60 new navigation radars. The contract is part of the Royal Navy’s Navigation Radar Program which looks set to improve the fleet’s navigation systems. Among the ships planned to receive the new solid-state SharpEye radar sets are the fleet of Type 23 frigates as well as the Hunt- and Sandown-class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs). The sets will also be fitted to Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, fast patrol boats and some submarines.


5 responses to “NEWS: New generators and radars for Royal Navy warships

  1. I just heard about this from a friend in the UK. This is not good. Don’t you think the civil servants at Abbey Wood should have spotted this during the design phase? I hope this won’t be a repeat of the Nimrod programme or the lengthy Chinook upgrades.

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  2. That problem of cost-driven design compromise has dogged the RN for decades – to my mind, probably false economy. But it’s the way things seem to have gone. It’s an issue for NZ’s warships too, our frigates have the ‘for but not with’ problem. I still remember the time I was on board HMNZS Te Kaha, years ago, having the space pointed out on deck where the Sea Sparrow VLS “would have” gone, if they had bought it.

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