New anti-air missiles on Type 23 frigates put on display

first_img View post tag: Type 23 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today New anti-air missiles on Type 23 frigates put on display for sailors Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates were given a major anti-air capability upgrade with the Sea Ceptor missile which was recently put on display to soldiers in charge of shooting down enemy aircraft.The HMS Westminster is in the closing stages of a major overhaul in Portsmouth Naval Base which has seen her become one of the first ships in the Fleet to receive Sea Ceptor, the new short-range shield against air attack.The weapon and its supporting radar system will gradually replace the ageing Seawolf missiles fitted across the Type 23 frigate flotilla.In its place, the vertically-launched supersonic Sea Ceptor which is slightly heavier than its predecessor and has a much greater range: more than 25km (15 miles), two and a half times the distance of Seawolf.Westminster is the first ship to receive the Navy’s new shield against air attack system which is also being installed on sister ships Argyll and Montrose during their revamps in Devonport.Rapier is on the verge of retirement, in favour of a ground-based version of Sea Ceptor (short for interceptor).The large trackers which guided the old system have been removed and replaced with its successor’s smaller, more powerful sensors.And the silo has been adapted to accommodate the new supersonic missiles, heavier, over one meter longer and with a range of more than 25km (15 miles), more than twice that of Seawolf.In addition, engineers have installed the Artisan radar which is rapidly becoming prevalent on the Type 23s – it can track more than 800 objects simultaneously as close as 200 meters and as far away as 200,000 (200km, 125 miles, or from Portsmouth to Calais as the crow flies).The gunners of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Thorney Island – just along the coast from Portsmouth – currently use the veteran Rapier missile to provide their infantry and armoured comrades with cover on the battlefield.Officers and senior non-commissioned officers from 16 Regiment, led by Lieutenant Colonel James Mardlin, made the short trip to Portsmouth to hear both from the ship’s company and from the new missile’s developers MBDA about progress with the system to date and what the future might hold in store for Ceptor.“We are excited about being able to work together over the next few years,” said Lieutenant Commander Chris L’Amie, Westminster’s Senior Naval Officer.“The introduction of Ceptor is a real opportunity for both us and 16 Regiment to learn from each other. We will continue to foster a strong working relationship with our closest military neighbours.”His ship will return to the Fleet next year with a new look and as the Royal Navy’s premier submarine hunter. View post tag: Sea Ceptor New anti-air missiles on Type 23 frigates put on display for sailors Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy September 12, 2016last_img read more

Erickson: Don’t act surprised by success on ice

first_imgIt was like the perfect sport-themed movie where the classic underdog triumphs in the end and dominates its bigger, more intimidating opponent.Before you get your proverbial undies in a bunch, don’t worry, I’m not talking about football.The unranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team swept then-No. 5 North Dakota at the Kohl Center last weekend. While they didn’t outshoot the Fighting Sioux either night – 27-26 Friday, 42-15 Saturday – the Badgers made the shots that counted, winning with five goals each night, 5-3 and 5-4 respectively.I told you they were good.We could sit here and talk endlessly about how Wisconsin is a young team and needs to mature and find be consistent – which they do – but head coach Mike Eaves even admitted at his Monday press conference that UW didn’t even play cleanly or as nice as he would have wanted last weekend.Clearly, there’s still something more to this team. But for this team so early in the season, the best thing is to keep acting like they have a lot to learn and to prove.Wisconsin went into last weekend knowing it would have a tough matchup with North Dakota. Sure, they were excited and pumped up about the match, but it’s not the easiest thing to face the Fighting Sioux. Also, add to the fact that the weekend before they lost two overtime games in Houghton, Mich., to Michigan Tech.If the Badgers want to keep shocking fans and competitors alike, they need to continue playing with an underdog mentality. They can’t let those big wins get to their heads – that’s where mistakes are really made.The underdog mentality is the best way for the Badgers to succeed. No matter what they’ll be forced to fight through some sort of adversity every game, so what better way to handle it than to just expect it?For example, look at the 2010 Green Bay Packers.The Pack essentially played six playoff games on their road to the Super Bowl. After the Chicago Bears clinched the division, the Packers were grasping at a potential wild-card spot. Luckily for them, things went their way and after destroying the New York Giants and grinding it out with the Bears at home, the Packers found themselves seeded No. 6 in the playoffs.It was not an easy road. Green Bay faced three teams it had previously seen that season, two of which it lost to in the regular season. But the Packers won when it counted and rode the underdog mentality all the way to the Super Bowl.Lo and behold, they won.Last week before the UND series, many of the UW skaters noted how they simply didn’t know any differently from the adversity they had faced in the first two weeks of the season.Through the first four games, Wisconsin was 1-3 largely thanks to three overtime games where it wasn’t able to net the golden goal first.The Badgers became used to the constant roller coaster that defined their first four games. Wisconsin had yet to get a taste of a dominating win.A few days later the young, inexperienced team swept North Dakota and started to make a name for itself.But Eaves isn’t trying to let the Badgers get ahead of themselves.“The fact is that we found a way to win two games,” Eaves said in Monday press conference. “The level of play which we had over the weekend was a step for us, but we’re still such a young team that we’ve got to [keep] making these little steps to improve and play more consistently, the way we want to play, in order for us to be considered an upper echelon team, working our way to be a championship team.”Eaves is trying to maintain this idea that his skaters are still the underdogs. They still have plenty to work on and fight for.It’s still very early in the season, with plenty of hockey left to go and plenty of room for improvement.While the sweep will certainly help Wisconsin work harder and attempt to become a stronger squad – as winning often does – it has also shown other teams around the league Wisconsin’s full potential.Still they can’t get over confident. Wisconsin host Nebraska-Omaha this weekend and while it’s no North Dakota or Minnesota Duluth, the Mavericks are still no one to simply look past or consider an easy win. While big wins can help make a team work harder it can also give any team a certain ego, an ego that makes said team overconfident.Thankfully for the Badgers, Eaves believes they still don’t know any better.Their best way to survive and keep winning is to keep acting as if they are the long shot, dark horse team – or in Eaves’ words, stay na?ve.“I also think it’s just being young and just keep playing, being na?ve.” Eaves said Monday. “Because of their youth, they’re excited to get on the ice every time.”They’ve got the talent to succeed, now it’s just a matter of keeping the same mentality – the same underdog feel – to their team to keep them focused and continually working to become better, more consistent and a dark horse to be wary of.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers will have similar success over the Mavericks? Let her know at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4last_img read more