In the United States named a recipient of the prestigious CIO 100 award for the 2019 magazine Chief Information Officer — (“CIO”). The winner was Corporation Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), which builds class aircraft carriers “Ford” and is one of two providers of submarines for the U.S. Navy. The awarding ceremony said, “the adoption of business-oriented IT strategies with the integration of modern technologies in shipbuilding”.
Given that NNS represent a major shipbuilding company in the defense industry, the U.S. Navy, the news, undoubtedly, is an alarming signal to Russia’s security. Of course, our country protected from direct aggression by a nuclear triad, however, it would be a big mistake to downplay the strategic importance of the U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines.
NNS has developed a digital work packages for the aircraft carrier enterprise (CVN 80), which will be the first ship built entirely on paperless documents, and prepares for the transition to digital production of new submarines of class “Columbia”. Data from computerized blueprints are arriving in the transport and welding robots and machines in the cutting and bending of sheet metal. Automated and Assembly blocks of ships.
For these purposes, spent $152 million, or at purchasing power parity 10 billion is chump change compared to, for example, with spending on e-government in the Russian Federation.
The explanation for the award separately told that Newport News Shipbuilding receives special recognition for the use of management strategies in technological business with the aim of improving cost transparency and confidence-building.
To make it clear how important it is, here are some figures: the introduction of digital design and management will reduce the cost of aircraft carriers class “Gerald Ford” with $ 10 billion to $ 6 billion (40%) and significantly reduce construction time. Engineers NNS in orders from two carriers ready to enter into operation one ship every three years.
Savings are achieved not only through the optimal management and logistics, but also due to the prevention of corruption. If the “zero” years in the largest shipyards, the U.S. was embroiled in a scandal with the substitution of metal components, now a “figure” prevents middle managers to do their little gesheft.
Interestingly, James Girts, the chief Pentagon spokesman for procurement for the Navy, emphasized that the digital design will provide direct savings of 20% compared to the cost of the construction of the first carrier-class “Ford”.
It turns out that in over-regulated America the non-productive financial losses of the naval program of the United States can reach 20% of public money that “evaporated” from inefficient management, poor logistics and theft as “a cunning business schemes”.
Even if we imagine that Russia is comparable to the scale of the mess in shipbuilding and corruption that have become, unfortunately, a “national sport” (after all, our managers learned from overseas), we can roughly estimate the amount went to domestic shipyards in the sand budget money. Considering that in the framework of the State program of development of armaments GPV-2020 is planned to allocate 5 trillion. of which 47% was earmarked for the construction of new ships, it could be about 800-900 billion rubles, to put it mildly, inefficiently used. This is the first.
Second and the worst for Russia — technologies NNS, in fact, throw our military shipbuilding in the stone age. The transition to digital design and construction of warships in the United States before the Americans opens new opportunities. Overseas, many major programs have been closed, only because the cost is exorbitant expensive and had design errors to fix which also was expensive. Now it goes past.
In addition, American ships as ours, by the way, often repaired, which is also absorbing additional resources. Often the reason lies in the poor quality of metal coatings and welding. To get away from the problems identified, NNS has implemented digital x-ray and laser scanning.
Here is very important as the real professionalism of top managers and factory true patriotism. In particular, Bharat Amin, Vice-President and chief information Director of NNS, commenting on the transition to “figure” said, “I am proud of my team because it helps to change the world and gives shipbuilders the opportunity to create a modern military ships with tomorrow’s technology. It’s an exciting time”. He, like other top managers NNS, lived all his life in Newport news (Virginia PCs), he had no apartment in Washington, and especially abroad.
Do we have many such Directors who do not live in two or even in three homes, have accounts in offshore?
Third, the digital design makes it easy to transition to a new machines, robots and press, that is, determines the modernization of the industry of shipbuilding engineering.
As is known, the surface of the ship hull is a complex 3D curved surface, on the one hand, becomes a source of conflict between designers and builders, and overloads the shipyard costly manual labor scarce welders. To close this gap, you want to create a Park of special CNC machines and robots. The experience of other countries such as Korea and China shows that these tasks can be solved, and quickly — would be digitized designs.
Design bending machines and hydraulic presses for three-dimensional molding of thick-walled sheet metal are described in detail in the technical literature. If you look, there is nothing difficult and for creating welding robots and large manipulators for the Assembly of individual ship blocks. Recall that the Soviet Union was the leader in automatic welding during the Second world war. Then thanks to new technology managed to put on the conveyor production of the legendary T-34 tank.
Fourth — according to the publication Defense One, “in (American) military-industrial complex digital technologies extend beyond the shipbuilding industry. Boeing used it to design a new training aircraft Boeing-Saab for the air force. Since the signing of the contract to the first certified flight three years — the pace, the incredible to create new types of weapons.
In this respect, strange as it looks, the primary transition in our country to digital public Services, because the simple logic of “screams” that it was necessary to begin with those areas where maximum effect is achieved. The idea is that this “lawyers” from the government should be clear.
Nobody argues that e-government has its advantages, but a competent government would make the first bet on the development of IT-technologies in the real economy, in the same shipbuilding. Time “zero” was enough, that would account for today to save for the Treasury of vast resources. But instead, the Cabinet Medvedev went the other way and spent precious years and money to ensure that as many people as possible to fire from the different bureaucratic offices.
This strategic approach? The question, alas, is rhetorical.
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