Posted on February 14, 2019
Ministry of Defence plans to convert ferries into warships
BRITAIN will buy and adapt cargo ships or ferries and convert them into warships ready to quickly respond to a crisis and carry out a range of operations, the Defence Secretary has announced.
In his speech in London, Gavin Williamson has also revealed plans to buy off-the-shelf drones that will be adapted and used in swarms to overwhelm enemy radars. The drones are expected to be deployed by the end of this year at an expected cost of £7million. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson revealed the new “Littoral Strike Ship concept”.
He said: “These globally deployable, multi-role vessels would be able to conduct a wide range of operations from crisis support to war fighting.
“They will be able to respond at a moment’s notice.”
The two ships – one of the first investments from the Transformation Fund – could be based to the east of Suez in the Indo-Pacific and to the west of Suez in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic.
They could be used in hostage-rescue situations, humanitarian disasters, intelligence surveillance and could intervene in situations in an agile way.
The cost is believed to be into the tens of millions of pounds.