Naval Design Partnering

The Naval Design Partnering Team Presentation to: RUSI Future Maritime Operations Conference 2011
Date Presenter Position 7th July 2011 Simon Knight NDP Team Leader

Requirement Partnering approach The NDP model Opportunities and challenges Typical past & current design studies Some research initiatives Trend for ‘big’ warships? Summary

The Requirement
Translate capability requirements into designs for affordable and cost effective RN and RFA naval vessels Encourage and generate innovation in design to tackle long standing issues Influence the direction of research and articulate the route to market to maximise technology exploitation for future cost effective naval vessels and to better engage Industry in this process Provide Trusted Technical Support to the MoD Projects through life as an integral part of the MOD Owner and Integrating Design Authority Help Sustain the UK capability to design complex naval vessels at the platform and combat system architecture levels

A Partnering Arrangement
MOD thought it inappropriate to resurrect its ‘Forward Design Group’; MOD et al recognise the diversity of organisations who contribute to warship design:
Challenge convention Encouraged to innovate QE Class Team used as a model

MOD needs to maintain intelligent leadership, ownership and oversight; Recognise the advantages of a dedicated Team with its own toolsets, design processes etc. Don’t re invent the wheel every time Some form of Partnering Arrangement would best meet the requirement

The NDP Model Overview
NDP is a dedicated MOD Section in its own right under D Ships: MOD-led NDP is a partnering arrangement between MOD and Industry: Underpinned by a Multi Party Agreement, IPR clause etc NDP’s commercial model is utilising the services of a NDP Lead Company ~ BMT DSL, acting on behalf of the other companies; NDP has its own funding line under D Ships to fund a proportion of its work; NDP’s focal point is an MOD-led Collocated Team currently based in the Bristol Business Park close to ABW.

The NDP Model
MOD and the Core Companies NDP also able to utilise other Industry expertise to support studies eg: • Arke • Rolls Royce

NDP – Opportunities & Challenges
Opportunities ‘Balanced’ warship designs; Capability, Support, Buildability, Through Life Affordability; Reachback to: o RN operational expertise o Cross Industry expertise Exploitation of R&D ~ including that of Industry; Integration across MOD Operating Centres. Challenges: Natural reticence of competitors to work together; Industry safeguards for intellectual property; More competition? Central funding; Processes.

NDP Typical Past Design Studies

T26 Future Surface Combatant – (variant C1):
Completed technical concept design studies to Initial Gate

QE Class ~ refresh of Adaptability Update status of CV design Inform CV decision Global Presence Warship Challenge standards Maximise warfighting capability Affordable Patrol Vessel Commercial standards Increasing levels of capability

NDP Typical Current Projects
Fast Landing Craft and Force Protection Craft FLC: Study addressing ‘PACSCAT’ and light weight monohull options FPC: various hullform options Formal Minecountermeasures Hydrographic and Patrol Craft concept phase Focus is on offboard sensors/weapons Remote UxVs Common platform Use of armour on warships Evolution of Maritime Combat Systems strategic studies Fleet Solid Support

NDP Research Initiatives
(Some conducted by our Graduate Trainees)

22nd Century Frigate Systems & Structures Interaction Future Low Maintenance Frigate UAV Integration Future Environmentally sensitive warship Future degrees of autonomy Bridge and Ops space design Fire fighting and damage control Use of light emitting diodes

Ship Design Challenges
Standards &Safety Buildability

Capability Survivability

Adaptability Sustainability

Human Factors


Is a Big Ship Beautiful?
Competing requirements put pressure on the size: Deck heights, removal routes, maintenance space, wide passageways, dedicated pipe and cable passageways ‘Steel is cheap’ tenet Cost of commodity items versus cost of outfitting: Not a simple equation Need to be very careful: Easy to get into a spiral, ‘Bigger ship’ = bigger systems more spaces to outfit (to military standard?) Bigger scantlings

Challenges Ahead: Process: Industry to ‘walk the walk’; Aligning MOD processes to the NDP vision; Potential for growth into submarine pre concept design; Technical: Many! NDP model notable successes: MHPC; Fast Landing Craft; 22nd Century Frigate (as a leverage for R&D); Armour.

Naval Design Partnering Thankyou for your attention

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