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services throughout the project.
COST OF KEEPING HMAS SUCCESS
AND HMAS SIRIUS IN SERVICE
Project schedule is of great importance to Australia,
so it is a little surprising that the evaluation has
not been even quicker, with the Department again
confirming that a decision is expected some time in
2016. The current forward estimate to sustain HMAS
Success and Sirius until the planned withdrawal date
is $459m with a yearly forecasted breakdown of:
DSME have estimated that they can deliver the first
of the ships 39.5 months after contract signature.
Of that, 20 months will be needed for contract
negotiations and any further associated risk reduction
activities that might be needed. A construction
time of 19.5 months at the Okpo yard after the
Critical Design Review has frozen the configuration
– e s s ential for ordering long lead time items –seems
short but realistic given the rapid timescales for the
construction of the British and Norwegian ships.
SUPPORT IN AUSTRALIA
At the Pacific 2015 naval exhibition in Sydney,
DSME announced its partnership with BAE Systems
Australia Limited, BMT Defence Services Ltd, L-3
Communications and SAAB with a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 6th.
DSME said the MoU reinforces the company’s
commitment to local participation in its tender
response to SEA1654 and the support agreement
provides a “proven and cost effective strategy for the
sustainment of the vessels.”
The team is significant because BAE Systems are
not only supporting the LHDs and ANZACs but also
working closely with Saab Systems and L-3 in the
naval domain. Even more importantly, a version of
the Saab 9LV combat system has been mandated
for SEA 1654 as well as an L-3 communications
suite, presumably to maximize commonality with the
DSME is very proud of the expertise it has
accumulated regarding submarine technology. This
has been built up during the past two decades of
collaboration with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine
Systems in particular. The company was awarded its
first submarine contract for three Type 209s in 1987
and delivered the first of the ‘Changbogo’ Class in
1992, with subsequent deliveries in 1994 and 1995.
A total of nine have now been built.
An important breakthrough occurred in 2004 when
the company won a contract to refurbish and upgrade
one of two very old Type 209s of the Indonesian Navy.
The work was completed two years later and then in
2011 came the real prize – an order for three new
submarines for Indonesia that are currently under
construction at Okpo. The original intention was for
the final submarine to be built in Surabaya, but is
Possibly the most exciting order for the company
in the undersea domain is for the ROKN’s new
generation of ocean going submarines, currently in
detailed design. These will be ocean-going boats
of 3,500 tonnes designated the KSS-III and a total
of nine are likely to be built with construction having
started in November 2014 and delivery in 2018.
These submarines would appear to be of the size and
capability being sought under SEA 1000, but APDR
is unaware if Australian officials spoke to the South
Koreans about a possible joint project.
In this domain the company is just as impressive.
During the 1980s the ROKN came up with an
ambitious plan to develop a formidable surface as
well as sub-surface fleet and set about doing so via
three main classes: KDX-I; KDX-II; and the formidable
10,000 tonne Aegis equipped KDX-III ‘Sejong the
Great’ Class, which was a split build with Hyundai.
With 128 Vertical Launch Missile (VLS) cells made
up of a combination of 96 Mk41 launchers and 24
indigenously developed Korean VLS cells this is
arguably the most powerful Aegis destroyer in the
world, bearing in mind that USN Arleigh Burkes have
96 and the RAN’s AWDs when eventually delivered
will have 48 VLS cells. Incidentally the RAN’s ships
are two-thirds the size of a KDX-III and will take at
least three times as long to build – not to mention
at far higher cost, which admittedly is difficult to
On the export market, the company is supplying
a frigate designated the DW 3000H to the Royal
Navy, with Saab Systems providing the combat
management system. The company has sold two
training ships to Malaysia – though the local shipyard
undertaking the build of the first one has gone
bankrupt. It is understood that the program has
recommenced. It is believed that Malaysia has also
ordered up to six missile corvettes with the first three
built in South Korea.
As well as various frigates, corvettes, patrol craft
and auxiliary vessels, DSME is involved in the FFX
Batch-II program. This is a staged acquisition of
between three and nine ships that appears to be
another split order with Hyundai.
HOW DOES DSME DO IT?
This would appear to be a combination of things,
beginning with a modern, very large purpose-built
facility. To that can be added rigorous project
management, a design department using the latest
3D CAD / CAM and virtual reality tools and an
experienced well motivate workforce that includes
a significant number of women present in all of the
trades, as well as management.
When it comes to naval work in particular, the
company believes that it can deliver to both ambitious
schedules and low costs by adhering strictly to the
principle mentioned for SEA 1654 – namely freezing
the configuration of the ship at CDR and then
getting on with the job of building it. Construction is
centralized, with well-established supply chains and
many subcontractors working in close proximity to
the Okpo yard.
(Kym Bergmann travelled from Seoul to Okpo as a
guest of DSME)
As regular readers will know, SEA 1654 is being fast tracked –
though in Australia that is a relative term – with an overseas build
either by Spain’s Navantia (covered in October APDR) or DSME
Construction is centralized, with well-established supply chains and
many subcontractors working in close proximity to the Okpo yard
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