CTruk Debuts Multi-role Force Protection Craft

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Photo: CTruk

THOR is the brain-child of CTruk’s Military and Security team, who between them have amassed approximately 200 years of military experience, skills and knowledge. Realizing that new designs must be right the first time, the company has established a Military Design Advisory Panel (MDAP), which acts as an advisory body, steering design to ensure that vessels are fit for task.

The result of all this expertise, not to mention CTruk’s proven offshore support vessel designs, is THOR, a composite, 11m proof-of-concept demonstrator vessel, designed to fulfill a number of roles, including force protection of the amphibious sea lanes, casualty extraction from a beach, carrying and deploying a pre-landing force, riverine patrol, protection of harbors and offshore installations, unmanned surface vessel operations (for protection and mine countermeasures) and disaster relief. Fitted with a remote weapon station and other crew served weapons, THOR is designed to be rapidly deployable via a number of assets, both existing and future (including C17/A400M + CTruk 50T mother ship).

THOR is built from modern, advanced composite materials to give a strong and robust structure, which reduces overall vessel weight and saves time spent on operational and maintenance routines, as well as offering significant cost savings in through life maintenance. Reduction in weight translates directly into greater payload, range and speed.  THOR incorporates a range of high-tech equipment, provided through the CTruk Collaborative Amphibious Project (CAP), a consortium of key subsystems manufacturers that have joined forces to deliver an innovative vessel design with high-tech options (details in the notes of this release). Core to THOR’s capability is the systems integration work undertaken by SCISYS .

Andy White, CTruk Chairman, commented, “We have designed THOR to meet the changing needs of the global market for defense and security equipment. Global defense budgets are being squeezed like never before and emerging nations most often cite affordability as the major obstacle in their maritime procurement programs. Many navies have lost, or are losing, the ability to deploy appropriate and proportionate capability to respond to a myriad of low-level threats, with the result that billion dollar ships are routinely being used for ten dollar tasks.

THOR has been designed and built by CTruk and incorporates a range of high-tech equipment provided through the CTruk Collaborative Amphibious Project (CTruk CAP): a consortium of companies that have joined forces to compete in a market dominated by larger corporations.  With CTruk as the lead, the other companies involved in the CTruk CAP are: 

•Barrus – providing twin Yanmar 8LV-370, 370hp Marine Diesel Inboard Engines and engineering support.  Additional 24v alternators to power the control system of the Rolls-Royce Jet Drives and modified water pump mounting position to provide improved accessibility.
•CA Clase – providing KVH GyroTrac compass. A digital magnetic compass stabilized by a three-axis gyro sensor which provides drift free precision.
•Enterprise Control Systems – providing high quality, encrypted, bidirectional, full motion video & IP data links.
•FLIR Systems – providing TALON 25x marinized compact surveillance system for long-range target identification and tracking.
•Forsberg Services – providing CPUPak integrated navigation system for precise navigation, sensors, targeting and weapon systems - in conjunction with NovAtel .
Kelvin Hughes – providing SharpEye SCV (small craft variant) solid state radar.
•NovAtel – providing GAJT GPS Anti-Jam Technology - in conjunction with Forsberg Services.
•Rolls-Royce – providing Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjet propulsion.
•Saab – providing Trackfire 50Cal Remote Weapon Station.
•SCISYS – providing MACSYS – Crew Integration System. MACSYS brings together all electronic devices and systems, both on-board and off-board with an ‘open architecture’ computer network and central information management system. MACSYS has built-in  resilience from redundancy and reversionary (back-up) modes, providing high reliability.
•Scot Seats -Internal crew and troop shock mitigated seating.
•Talking Headsets – providing professional communications solutions for boat crew including head, face and ear protective equipment.
•TenCate Advanced Armour – providing advanced lightweight composite armour systems.
•Trend Marine Products Ltd – providing bullet resistant glazing.
•Vision4ce – providing ruggedized PCs client and servers.

ctruk.com
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

Liquefaction Terminals to Dominate LNG Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global LNG facilities is expected to total $259 billion (bn) over the period 2015-2019, with investments expected to be 88% larger

New Chinese Shipyard Launches First Ship

The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel,

Navy

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

US Navy: Tortuga Allision Costs CO, XO Their Jobs

USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines.

News

Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike

Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said.

Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. Madsen appointed chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway   DNV GL president and CEO Henrik O. Madsen was appointed as chairman

Larger Tankers May Offer Better Return Chances

Investors looking for returns in the tanker markets can invest their capital in a variety of ways. Should an owner invest in a VLCC or an Aframax? How about an

Vessels

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

MARAD Publishes US ATB, ITB Database

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released what it is calling a first-of-its-kind public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic

New Chinese Shipyard Launches First Ship

The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2185 sec (5 req/sec)