Nick has been passionate about naval affairs since childhood and has focused this passion into his decade plus engineering career. Nick left university with a degree in electronic engineering joining GEC Marconi Radar and Defence systems, working on the Seawolf point defence missile system installed on the Type 22 Frigates. He moved on to be involved in the Seawolf midlife update (SWMLU), working on the 911 fire control radar while at BAE Systems. While at BAE Systems, Nick also gained an MSc in Defence Sensors and Data Fusion from Cranfield University (Royal Military College of Science).
Following this, he worked for QinetiQ, primarily as a technical expert advising the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the introduction of the Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS) (Sea Viper) as used on the Type 45 Destroyer. In this role, Nick was the leading UK expert on the S1850M Long Range Radar for the MoD while also providing technical advice on the Sampson radar and PAAMS itself. Also while at QinetiQ Nick was also involved in other sensor and weapon system related research projects for the MoD in areas such as Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) systems, Close in Weapon Systems (CIWS) and other naval related weapon, sensors, data link systems along with hardkill – softkill coordination techniques.
Other sensors that Nick has been involved in includes the new Medium Range Radar (MRR) known now as Artisan, 967M surveillance and target indication radar, 909I tracking illuminating radar, and S1802 fire control system. During his career, Nick has also spent time on number of RN warships, including Type 22s, 23s, 42s, 45s, LPDs, CVS and the Horizon frigates.
In his professional capacity, Nick is a Chartered Engineer via the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Certified System Engineering Professional (CSEP) member of the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE) and a European Engineer member of Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI). He has also presented a number of papers at RAe, IMaREST and other sponsored conferences, while also presenting lectures for the Guided Weapon Systems course at Cranfield University.
Nations have to decide on the capability and structure of their navies in the context of their defence environments, but more often than not fiscal policy always outweighs defence requirements, meaning that the downward trend in the number of hulls and of overall platform capability is set to continue for the foreseeable future....Full Article »
For AAW (Anti-Air Warfare), current in-service surface platform threats are primarily ASMs. ASMs in the modern sense they were introduced during the 1950’s, initially by the Soviet Union, they had a rapid development that focused on increasing the following attributes:...Full Article »
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Since the introduction of the contemporary anti-ship missile (ASM) by the Soviet Navy, ASMs have been developed to come in all shapes, sizes and guidance methods. Without a doubt, the largest contributor to this field is the former Soviet Navy (now the Russian navy), which developed no fewer than 12 systems of varying delivery methods (submarine...Full Article »
Approximately 40% of the roughly £6.5bn spent on the Royal Navy’s six newest destroyers, as part of the MoD’s Type 45 programme, was intended for Principle Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) (known as Sea Viper). This figure is equivalent to just over 7% of the UK annual defence budget. While the delivered capability is...Full Article »
It is not yet a century since the first successful attack on a maritime platform (executed during the Dardanelles campaign) by a heavier than air aircraft using a torpedo. Since this initial successful attack, the defensive problem suffered by maritime platforms has increased, exacerbated by the introduction of the modern anti-ship missile (...Full Article »
The last line of defence for warships worldwide is the Close in Weapon System (CIWS) (pronounced ‘seewiz’). CIWS designs are usually optimised against anti-ship missiles (ASMs), which are often very fast (>1000ms-1) and very manoeuvrable (>10g lateral and/or longitudinal acceleration). CIWS is the final defensive line providing a...Full Article »
UPDATE: Listen to a podcast from the author Nick Young here. Click this link for insight on what this world-class air defence system brings to the party, how it compares to other platforms currently available, and its future capabilities. If one paid any heed to media speculation of its reported failures, lack of integrated British...Full Article »
On Tuesday the 25th of May 1982, the second wave of two aircraft flew low overland towards a state-of-the-art air defence (AD) platform worth, at today’s rates, an estimated £155M. This was no exercise on the south coast of the UK; this was a real engagement in a littoral region off the northwest coast of the Falkland Islands, with a...Full Article »