Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Austal Multi-Role Vessel

Austral Multi Role CorvetteAustal have proposed a long range, high speed, patrol ship called the Multi-Role Vessel (MRV). This is essentially the Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), which was designed for the US Navy, but with the expensive weapons and electronics removed to make a lower cost, long range multi-purpose ship for military and policing purposes.

The MRV is a trimaran with one large hull in the middle and two outriggers. This gives a wide area accross the three hulls at the rear for cargo and a large helicopter flight deck on top. The wider hull projecting at the front provides good sea keeping and space for weapons and sensors. The slim outer hulls allow for high speed.
The Austal Multi-Role Vessel can provide offshore and littoral war fighting roles, border protection tasks, long range counter-terrorism and counter piracy operations, support to special forces and missions in support of security and stability in the immediate neighbourhood surroundings.

The Austal Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) utilises the unique and proven Austal Trimaran platform coupling high speed and superior seakeeping performance with unparalleled deck space.

From border patrol to ASW to humanitarian relief missions the Austal Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) is the truly reconfigurable seaframe.

See Also:


Multi-mission helicopter capability
Large flexible mission / logistics deck
Open architecture systems network
Systems packaged mission modules
  • EEZ border patrol
  • Command & control
  • Surveillance
  • Humanitarian support
  • Theatre hospital
  • At sea replenishment
  • Force transportation
  • Special forces support
  • Amphibious operations
  • SAR
  • ASW

From: Multi-Role Vessel, Austral, 2009


RossO said...

A couple of harpoon anti ship missiles and a verticle launch system with some Electronic Warfare Assets would make this ship an invincible platform

RossO said...

The OCv should be armed as follows

4x Harpoon Anti ship missiles
1x 25-30mm cannon
4x .5 inch 50 calibre machine guns
8 cell VLs for evolved sea sparrow SAM
nulka missile decoys
Nixie towed torpedo decoys

Tom Worthington said...

RossO said November 18, 2009 2:05 PM:

>The OCv should be armed as follows ...
>Harpoon ... evolved sea sparrow ... nulka ...
Nixie ...

That would be a very expensive for what is supposed to be a low cost patrol boat.

My suggestion is to allow for truck mounted, as well as containerised, equipment to be able to be used on board.