BMT Isis validates QE Class frigate’s approach channel design

11 April 2012 (Last Updated April 11th, 2012 03:45)

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Isis has completed the validation of Portsmouth approach channel design for the UK Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

QE Class carrier

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Isis has completed the validation of Portsmouth approach channel design for the UK Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The initial validation work was conducted using desk-top simulation and peer review, and the design will ensure the aircraft carriers can transit safely into and out of their home base at HMNB Portsmouth, UK.

BMT used full-mission simulator working in real-time for the approach channel design validation in a realistic bridge environment, which was earlier developed for Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

BMT Isis Principal Consultant Ian Dand said the company was particularly involved to help the Royal Navy better understand how the vessels are likely to handle at low speeds and ensure the navigational process can be conducted as effectively as possible.

"We defined the necessary parameters and tailored the simulator accordingly, so that the navigational characteristics of the aircraft carrier could be reproduced," Ian Dand added.

The 280m-long and 74m-wide HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will have a full-load displacement capacity of 65,000t.
The two aircraft carriers will have an operational range of 10,000 nautical miles and the capacity to carry 40 aircraft with a total runway area of 13,000m².

The two aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales, are expected to enter service in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

A total of six UK shipyards are involved in the carrier project: Govan and Rosyth in Scotland, Portsmouth and Devonport in the south, and Newcastle and Liverpool in the north.

Image: The UK Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are capable of carrying 40 aircraft with a total runway area of 13,000m².