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

Mason City council approves arena lease with mall, first construction bid package (VIDEO)

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved a revised lease with Southbridge Mall for the construction of a multi-purpose arena as well awarded the first bid package for demolition work for the arena.The council approved the lease agreement with the mall owner, which is for an initial 20-year term, followed by four subsequent five-year terms for a total of 40 years.The cost of the lease will start at $199,000 a year for the first five years, increasing by 10-percent each subsequent five-year period. That $199,000 is higher than the original proposal of $180,000 a year, but City Administrator Aaron Burnett says that’s because a rent provision was removed. “The original lease had an additional rent provision that had some language that needed clarification, it said 10-percent of profits. Honestly it was ambiguous and I think there were several different opinions on what that actually meant. So with that in mind, working with the attorney, the revision was made to make that a fixed amount. That fixed amount was rolled into the base rent, which brings the base rent to $199,000, and that carries through the lease agreement.”Councilman Paul Adams also offered an amendment to the lease to deal with the ongoing issue of the mall owner paying his property taxes on time. “The rent payments are only paid by the city if the mall owner’s taxes are current with the county.”Councilman Joshua Masson voted against the lease agreement, saying he could not support the lease agreement with the mall. “The further I go down the rabbit hole on this, the uglier it gets. There’s just too many red flags. So in the end, I have to look at it and say if I was the sole entity in this and this was my agreement with the mall owner, could I do this deal, and I just don’t see how I can.”The council also approved the first bid package dealing with demolition of the interior of the former JC Penney store area where the arena will be placed. Originally the recommendation was to award the contract to Charlson Excavating of Clear Lake for $291,500, but Matti Roinilla of the ICON Architectural Group, the group selected to design the arena, says that bid was disqualified because it was not a complete bid for the project. “Unfortunately in working through our vetting process of the low bids, Allowance #1 and #2 were missed as part of the bid submission, therefore it’s an incomplete bid. Unfortunately this has happened, but with that, our only means of moving forward are to move on to the second, which would then be the low responsive bidder.”Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake was the next lowest responsive bidder, with their bid being $423,500, still under the estimated cost of $700,000 to $1 million. There were five bids submitted, with almost a half a million dollar range between the lowest and highest bids. Roinilla was asked why he thought there was such a wide variance in the bids. “Being under that estimate, we are comfortable with where these are sitting. There is a wide range, I think a lot of that can be contributed to means and methods, as well as what your available workforce is.”The council also approved the details of the second bid package for the arena, which would include the structural steel, concrete foundation and ice plant components of the facility. Bids would be due to the city on January 24th with the council approving the winning bidder at a special council meeting on January 29th. Video of the council meeting from www.masoncity.netlast_img read more