Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4875 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5060 times:
There were brand new Super Seasprites available..not sure if Australia got those or not? New Zealand purchased Super Seasprites for the RNZN and they are working great! (They have different computers and software from the RAN models). Aparently the Australian govt is going to sue the manufacturers, hopefully they replace the computers and software to the same as the RNZN uses and then they won't have a problem!
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5013 times:
The Australians seem to have real difficulty in getting the software integrated and fully functional.
The airframe is terrific, and it's currently being used by the Kiwis, Poles, Egyptians and others. I'd say that systems integrations problems of the magnitude Australia has had indicate problems in their procurement process with either expectations or selection of providers. The 40 year old design of the airframe is not the problem....it's the brand new software.
Ozair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4964 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 3): The 40 year old design of the airframe is not the problem....it's the brand new software.
Most certainly this is the issue. Whose fault is it though?
Is the RAN and DMO at blame for asking too much of the technology or did Kaman promise too much during the initial bid?
This program has been going on so long I have forgotten what the initial purchase requirements were and who were the competitors. I have wondered why they didn't purchase the SH-60 considering they already had a small fleet deployed on the FFGs. Does anyone know more of the background to this?
Fultod From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4949 times:
I think the RAN was going to buy some large patrol boats that we were also trying to sell to Malaysia. The patrol boats were too small to take a Seahawk. Malaysia cancelled and so did our Navy but we already had the Seasprites on order.
This article gives a good overview of the project-