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Military plagued by further problems. More headaches for the navy as MTBs delayed by two years. Things have gone far from smoothly for the Norwegian military recently. First, it was revealed that their new Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) couldn’t sail at top speed, then their aging fleet of F16s will have to keep flying until 2023, and further technical problems with MTBs mean both increased cost and postponed delivery.Motor trouble With a top speed of 60 knots and ultra-modern weapon and radar systems the Norwegian Navy’s new Military Torpedo Boats (MTBs) aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, and things look as though they will be far from plain sailing.

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Military plagued by further problems

Published on Wednesday, 11th November, 2009 at 15:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

More headaches for the navy as MTBs delayed by two years.

KNM Storm during gun exercise, Bergen
KNM Storm during gun exercise, Bergen
Photo: Forsvarets mediearkiv


Things have gone far from smoothly for the Norwegian military recently. First, it was revealed that their new Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) couldn’t sail at top speed, then their aging fleet of F16s will have to keep flying until 2023, and further technical problems with MTBs mean both increased cost and postponed delivery.

Motor trouble

With a top speed of 60 knots and ultra-modern weapon and radar systems the Norwegian Navy’s new Military Torpedo Boats (MTBs) aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, and things look as though they will be far from plain sailing.

None of the boats are operational. Vibration problems from the new type of gas turbines fitted to the Skjold (shield) class boats have worn out parts quicker than originally projected.

Peter Klemsdal, administrative director of the Umoe shipyard – contracted to build the six MTBs – tells the paper Fædrelandsvennen they had no choice but to change to the new type, as the old ones that were fitted to the first prototype aren’t produced any more.

Mission change

Another snag has been a change to its operational requirements. The original ‘80s threat scenario required the boats to have the ability to sink large surface vessels and sea missiles, helping to repel an invasion of Norway.

The requirements for the MTBs have since changed. Amongst other things, they will be required to ferry special ops forces during attacks on Norwegian installations, under search and rescue missions, or act as support for coastal-based civil and state institutions, writes Aftenposten.

Shot in the foot

None of the weapons systems have been tested either, creating further delays, and meaning that the MTBs won’t be fully capable until much later than planned.

The size of the final bill is also expected to overshoot the navy’s original figure of 5 billion kroner but Gisle Mykleby – project leader for the MTBs – cannot say by how much as yet.

Delivery of the first vessel is expected to be in the second quarter of next year, with the last of the boats being handed over in 2011; two years behind schedule.




Published on Wednesday, 11th November, 2009 at 15:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: royal, norwegian, navy, headache, financial, bill, mtbs, motor, torpedo, boats, delayed.





  
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