The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency is seeking a public-private partnership to develop the next wave of blast resistant shipbuilding technology.
Dera, a Ministry of Defence agency, is talking to big shipbuilders to fund a Technology Demonstrator to research the relationship between separately-developed approaches to blast resistance on individual decks, bulkhead doors and pipework designs.
`Our objective is to get industry involved as soon as possible so that we can produce a specification the shipbuilders can live with both in terms of cost and technique,’ says Alan Walker, a Dera technology leader for vulnerability assessment.
The technologies being developed are intended for the new generation of Royal Navy frigate-sized escorts, and may also be retrofitted to the existing fleet.
Recent Dera tests suggest new approaches to fixings and related techniques could deliver resistance levels at least three times as high as the current standard.