Какой облом ... военные корабли ВМС стоимостью 1 млрд фунтов стерлингов ломаются в Персидском заливе - потому что море слишком жаркое!
Britain's cutting-edge £1billion warships are breaking down in the Persian Gulf because they are not designed for the heat.
Contractors claim the Ministry of Defence did not tell them the 8,000-ton Type 45 Destroyers would be spending a long time in warm waters.
As a result, the six warships have an engine which keeps cutting out in the middle of the sea, leaving servicemen stranded for hours in total darkness.
The revelation yesterday raised fears that Britain’s key naval assets – designed to shield the rest of the fleet from air or missile attacks – have become ‘sitting ducks’.
There were also warnings that troops could be killed as the ships are deployed near combat zones in the Middle East.
Four of the guided-missile ships are currently at sea, with one outside Europe and the others in UK waters. Described as the backbone of the Royal Navy, they are fitted with a pioneering new system designed to cut costs and be more fuel efficient.
Two turbines on each ship, made by Rolls-Royce, have intercooler units which recover heat from the exhaust and recycle it into the engine. But a design flaw means the turbines slow down in warm waters and the engine cannot generate enough power. The system does not recognise this and keeps demanding more power, causing the ship’s generators to ‘trip out’ – leading to total electrical failure.
The warships work in the North Sea because the engine can generate more power in colder temperatures.
They are now set to undergo a refit costing tens of millions of pounds to put in extra diesel generators. This could involve cutting a giant hole in the side of each ship.
MPs yesterday said they were ‘stunned’ by the fault, which they feared had put British troops at risk. Their anger came as two former heads of the Navy claimed the service had run out of money – and that the costs associated with fixing the Destroyers had delayed another warship programme.
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