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Future Surface Fleet 2018 Conference Agenda Highlights
With operational environments changing and many naval platforms now reaching end of life, nations now are looking to either update their fleets or to design and build new vessels to meet an ever-changing threat and to meet the new demands of the 21st century.
Future Surface Fleet 2018, chaired by Rear Admiral (Retd) Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD, DE&S, explores the wide range of programmes being conducted by nations and how new and changing technologies will influence the maritime environment over the next 25 years.
MODERN NAVAL VESSEL ACQUISITION
With many in-service vessels now approaching their end of life, modern navies are now looking to acquire new ships equipped with the latest systems. This section sets out to review current programs that nations are investing in that will allow their navies to meet modern threats.
NAVAL SHIP BUILDING – MEETING THE CONSTRUCTION NEEDS OF THE MODERN NAVY
Due to the length of time required for shipbuilding programmes, issues that can emerge that were not in the original design.
Managing the difficulties that are found during this phase requires skills and experience to control acquisition costs. Delays in the build phase can result in out of date technology being installed which can result in extended build times to replace these systems. This section looks at these challenges and sets out to look at solutions found to combat these issues.
IMPROVING SHIP DESIGN PROCESSES
Designing a new class vessel is a complex process with a variety of verticals to consider. Taking into account all the specifications a new class and its future adaption requires a unique and refined skill set. This group of presentations will provide stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques, technology and tailored packages being used in warship design.
MEETING POWER AND PROPULSION REQUIREMENTS
Propulsion systems are one of the early considerations in designing a platform. Recent high-profile failures in this area are cause for concern. Manoeuvrability and speed will be key assets when undertaking maritime operations therefore it is imperative systems are implemented that are adaptable in future upgrades. These presentations will explore the issues and potential solutions.
MEETING FUTURE DEMANDS OF NAVAL WARFARE
From meeting the need to enhance operational flexibility to preparing for power-hungry radar, modern communication systems and high-tech combat systems, nations are now looking even further ahead to anticipate new threats. This section will address the future of naval programs.
DESIGN AND BUILD CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FLEET
Alongside the acquisition and building of larger vessels, nations now are also addressing capability gaps that require multipurpose vessels. Due to the nature of their roles, they require a different approach to their design and build. This section sets out to explore the needs and requirements of the modern day general purpose fleet.
MEETING EXPORT DEMANDS
With vessels now reaching the pinnacle of design and build, many nations are now looking to export their ship designs and legacy vessels to the global market. By exporting vessels, it allows a nation to save funds as no new design is needed and also allows to purchase a tried and tested system.
Serving military and government personnel receive free entry.