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Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

JMCanada

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Let me extract this paragraph about RAN's new Arafura class Patrol vessels.


One path that the government should consider urgently is the possibility of ‘up-gunning’ the offshore patrol vessel fleet. These vessels are about to enter service, have sufficient space to carry lethal capability and can be produced quickly and at scale. One option could include installing the Kongsberg naval strike missile launcher that is already being acquired for larger surface combatants. Anti-submarine warfare sensors are another possibility. The RAN can’t afford the luxury of operating 1,800-tonne vessels with no warfighting capability.
 

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Read the article and watched the hypohysterical video (that's the content creators name on youtube...)

Their job is to patrol the domestic waters, and a 25-30mm is easily enough capability that they need for the job they are required to do. Adding weapons would change their job description and the RAN, like the RCN use their patrol boats for patrol, not for warfighting. If one wanted to increase the OPV's capabilities in their role then the first order of business should be to improve their sensors.

OPV's are not networked into the battlespace through LINK and a CMS. NSM have an over the horizon capability and if you can't use that capability then there is no point in attaching that missile to the ship. You would be reliant on another non-organicasset to find/fix the target for you, and then share that info with you.

Now you are spending a lot of money on a small ship that's job is to sail around chasing illegal fishermen and just knowing what's going on in domestic waters.
 

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Read the article and watched the hypohysterical video (that's the content creators name on youtube...)

Their job is to patrol the domestic waters, and a 25-30mm is easily enough capability that they need for the job they are required to do. Adding weapons would change their job description and the RAN, like the RCN use their patrol boats for patrol, not for warfighting. If one wanted to increase the OPV's capabilities in their role then the first order of business should be to improve their sensors.

OPV's are not networked into the battlespace through LINK and a CMS. NSM have an over the horizon capability and if you can't use that capability then there is no point in attaching that missile to the ship. You would be reliant on another non-organicasset to find/fix the target for you, and then share that info with you.

Now you are spending a lot of money on a small ship that's job is to sail around chasing illegal fishermen and just knowing what's going on in domestic waters.
A better solution if it's determined that there is a need to provide more firepower than your existing warships can provide would be to use containerized weapon systems that can be directed and controlled by the CSCs. You could then place these on the deck space of an MCDV (or replacement), AOPS, JSS, USV or any commercial ship drafted into service. No need to spend the money to upgrade a non-combatant for a capability for which the ship isn't intended to have.
 

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All that being said, with respect to the MCDV, I would still like to see an RWS mounted, given where we send them and the likelihood that they will be shouldering more load as CPF’s become unavailable. Maybe if even 3 out of the 6 on each coast mounted a 25mm for certain deployments.
 
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