Designing for the Gap: The space between the OPV and the Frigate

  • Andy Kimber

Abstract

One of the enduring struggles for the warship designer has been the design of the affordable warship; a ship that offers useful military capability at a fixed and ideally lower price than a pure frigate or destroyer type. BMT has been investigating this design space, through the creation of a patrol ship design called the “Venator 110”, using a variety of tools to measure performance rapidly. A capability modelling tool has been developed to rapidly compare how different designs achieve military roles and how modular systems may be used to enhance a platform. Investigations have also focused on exploring methods of achieving pragmatic enhancements to survivability. These draw on the company’s experience in developing naval and auxiliary ships which use a mix of naval and commercial equipment and practises to “tailor” survivability. Finally, design solutions that offer maximum flexibility have been incorporated within the design to explore their practicality.

Author Biography

Andy Kimber

BMT Defence Services Ltd.. United Kingdom

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Published
2015-07-08
How to Cite
Kimber, A. (2015). Designing for the Gap: The space between the OPV and the Frigate. Ciencia Y tecnología De Buques, 8(17), 19-29. https://doi.org/10.25043/19098642.118
Section
Scientific and Technological Research Articles