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The Pojački Rising
Defense Procurement of the Konfederacija Poja

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This thread will be used to detail a series of defense procurement acquisitions by the Konfederacija Poja.  The focus will be upon a modernization of various aspects of the Pojački military in the 21st century.  Most of the procurements will be foreign-sourced but there may be some discussion about domestic weapon systems, such as the ZuB-17 Ter'er.  You can use the chapters below to follow along with the various posts.

 

Contents

  • Part One: The Submarine Crisis


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Part I
The Submarine Crisis


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Monday, 12 May 2008 | 09:00 hrs [UTC-3]
Konfederacija Poja, Adjinua, Križetina | PNMF Headquarters

Admiral Zoran Topalčić had only just returned to his office when the phone was ringing and he sighed as he picked it up, looking down at a pile of paperwork that had been steadily growing for the past week.  He'd been unable to make much headway due to being constantly pulled away for this or that reason.  He contemplated ripping out the wire from the phone and requisitioning a repair but he knew they'd repair it within minutes of reporting it; after all, he was one of only three men in the entire navy with the rank of admiral.  He put the handset to his ear and pushed down the disappointment, "Topalčić speaking."

          "Sir, need your attendance in C-245 as soon as possible.  There's a developing situation of the utmost importance."  The voice was one that was all too familiar to Topalčić being that of Komodor Kolent Belushi, the head of the entire navy's maintenance and repair program.  

          "On my way Belushi, give me a few minutes.  Is this going to need coffee?"

          "It's already brewed sir."  That was a bad sign and Topalčić hung up the phone, looked at the paperwork, and gave it the finger before departing his office and walking down to "C" wing where he found room 245 open and awaiting his arrival.  "Coffee sir," Belushi said, handing him a cup.  

          "All right what happened now?"  Topalčić said with disappointment in his voice as he looked at the half-dozen men sitting around the table looking at charts, blueprints, and reading reports.  

          "It's our submarine fleet sir," Belushi picked up a piece of paper and handed it to him, "P-59 was just declared unfit to dive."

          "Dammit," Topalčić looked at the paper.  "Are you kidding me?"  He was looking at a report of all of the listed issues with the aging submarine, a Tango-class purchased from Volsci in the early 1970s to replace an even older fleet of submarines.  The Pojački National Maritime Force had six such vessels in service, three on the Mediargic and three on the Kezanoi and now, thanks to P-59's last failings, only half of the fleet retained its dive certifications.  In the past two years, P-58 and P-62 had lost their certifications.  The submarines were old and they'd been regularly used, which was why they weren't in the best condition anymore.  The shipyards had been working overtime keeping the submarines in seaworthy condition but they finally could do no more.

          "I'm afraid that's only the tip of the iceberg.  P-60 retains her certification but she's going to be restricted to 200 meters.  So far, P-60 and P-61 continue to have full certifications but, out of an abundance of caution, we're going to restrict them down to 200 meters."  The normal diving depth of these vessels was 240 meters and their maximum depth was 300 meters but they were never to exceed 240 meters in peacetime.  By doing so, these vessels had lasted as long as they had.  If they'd gone deeper, the extra wear and tear on the vessels would have put them out of commission long ago.

          "Thank god we're not at war with anyone," Topalčić handed back the piece of paper.  "Losing two submarines was bad enough but now we're down to half our fleet and we're no closer to selecting a replacement," he griped.

          "Sir, at this stage, we need a vessel available as soon as possible.  If we're looking at shelf life, the remaining subs have maybe five years left, based on current inspections.  If we run them to make up for the other three, we're down to three years, maybe less.  I don't think we can stretch past five unless we quite literally leave them tied up in port."

          "We may just have to do that," Topalčić finished the coffee.  "Let's go over the others, I want to see the details to make sure."

          "Aye sir, we have it all ready, if you'll have a seat."

          A few hours later, Topalčić was rubbing his eyes with frustration as he could see that P-57, P-60, and P-61 were all in poor shape themselves.  The amount of equipment that had to be replaced over the past five years was growing by the day.  He was more than a little annoyed to see that P-57's last cruise had left her with only one working reverse osmosis unit and that P-60 was delayed leaving port because the entire toilet system got clogged because of a failed pump unit.  The sonar system on P-61 had failed its latest test and a previously planned replacement of its batteries revealed corrosion in the area.  The PNMF needed new submarines and it needed them a decade ago but the navy wasn't the priority for the military when it came to funding.  That was changing, or so Topalčić had been told but it was taking time.  A small force by nature, the PNMF didn't patrol a vast area, mainly sticking to the Mediargic and Kezanoi Seas.  Though the Keelpijp was technically a patrol zone, the navy had not maintained much of a presence there as its ships aged year over year.


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Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 13:45 hrs [UTC-3]
Konfederacija Poja, Rugi, Central District | Predsjednički Dvori

President Aca Vukašinović had now been in office for seven years and he was looking to extend his second term by yet another term of office when elections came up in 2011.  That was far off in the distance but the man had been concerned about it from day one.  A career politician, he'd been a magnate representing Liaria for fifteen years before he ran for President as the leading candidate for Modern Poja, the country's center-right party.  Ever since the founding of Poja in 1900, only two parties had ever held the presidency, the Pojački Democratic Party (PDS) and Modern Poja (MOP).  The PDS, a centrist party, had held power from 1921 to 1956, a massive block, losing the 1955 general election to MOP.  They regained power in 1986 but lost it again in 2001 to this man, Aca Vukašinović.  Vukašinović wished to herald another long tenure for MOP, which had only held power between 1956 and 1986, a long, three-decade stint, that included the Pojački Emergency and the Chernarussian Conflict.  It was worth nothing that the country's first two Presidents, Kostadin Jelić (1901 - 1914) and Dragan Šaponjić (1914 - 1926) had no party affiliations.  Dragan Šaponjić had been the country's second Vice President, replacing Zdravko Sandić who'd resigned due to old age.  Šaponjić only became President because Jelić died in office.  From there, he won two elections before he was defeated by Danko Krstić in 1925.

          Vukašinović was ushering the country into a new century and had focused his first term on putting the 1990s behind the country and ushering Poja into the 21st century.  Now he was working to expand upon that and to keep Poja competitive in an ever-changing wurld where technology was obsolete within six months and where it outpaced the very laws that had been put in place to protect the people.  That had been Vukašinović's push as head of state, to make sure that Poja's was not being left behind on the wurld stage and with a growing populace in favor of ending Poja's semi-isolationist policies, Vukašinović took it upon himself to push Poja in that very direction.

          Yet that was the furthest thing on his mind as he listened to his military leaders talk about the otherwise pathetic state of affairs for the PNMF.  He'd just been informed that now a third submarine was unable to go out on patrols and thus only three operational submarines remained but even those had restrictions due to their age and the condition of their hulls.  The military had been largely far from Vukašinović's mind throughout his seven years in office.  He'd left things in the hands of his capable Minister of National Defense, Marijan Božanović, but Božanović was now saying that the matter was of the "utmost concern."  "We have to move forward with procuring a new submarine and we need to do it immediately," Božanović was saying from the other end of the table.  "We've had multiple proposals but we're now stuck largely moving on the design that can be delivered the fastest, not necessarily the design that is best for Poja."

          "What are our options then?  We need to maintain a naval presence in our two seas, it is imperative that we protect the shores of Poja from foreign aggressors," Vukašinović heard himself saying.  "What is our top choice then in the matter?"

          "The Iverican company of Subic Naval Yards offers an export version of their Tiburón-class attack submarine.  We maintained good relations with the Ivericans and so that is our most logical choice.  We have reviewed designs from Volsci and Gallambria as well.  The Volscian design is less capable than the Iverican ones and the Gallambrian design is double the cost.  Given we need to procure six vessels, we would be hard pressed to afford six Trebuchet-class submarines from the Gallambrians," Božanović explained, wishing he'd have pushed for this harder when the first submarine lost its dive certification.  He'd been forced to choose between that and a major upgrade program for the army.  Then again, when the second submarine lost its dive certification, he'd been forced to choose between a major upgrade for the air force.  The navy was always shortchanged and now it was too late.

          "What are we looking at from a cost point of view then with the Iverican design?"

          "Three to four hundred million each.  In truth sir, we need eight submarines but as of right now we can only afford six."

          "Should we procure these now, what is the future for the remaining two?"

          "We would be waiting until the 2020s sir.  Ideally, we would sell off these six and procure eight new vessels.  Technology is changing rapidly but we cannot afford to maintain pace with it at present.  Our choice will be highly capable but there are significantly better and more capable choices out there at present, especially in the area of air independent propulsion."

          "What is that?"

          "Well sir, your typical conventional submarine can only stay underwater for a few days before its batteries need to be recharged.  During this time, it has to rise up to near the surface and run a snorkel to pull air into the system so that it can run on diesel power.  Diesel power is noisy sir and noise is the biggest enemy of a submarine.  Air independent propulsion, or AIP, designs can stay down two, three, potentially even four weeks for some of the bigger designs."

          "And we won't be able to procure this?"

          "Not right now sir, the technology is new and few nations offer it within our time frame.  The Iverican design is comparable to its AIP designs.  In a way sir, it's a more reliable submarine since the AIP systems are new and bound to suffer reliability issues as the technology matures.  In the 2020s, this technology should be more than mature enough for us to procure such a vessel."

          "Then I don't see a choice in the matter.  How long will it take to receive the first submarine?"

          "Three to five years, the sooner we want it, the more it's going to cost.  We are going to propose receiving two submarines on an expedited time scale, which will cost more, and then the rest on a more normal time scale so that we can get operations up and running as soon as possible.  We'll also consider requesting leasing operations to bridge the gap, if they are available.  Ideally sir, we're allocating Đ3 billion to this program."

          "Not a small chunk of change," Vukašinović said, wondering what sacrifices in the budget would have to be made to ensure that the PNMF maintained subsurface capabilities.  "Let's not delay, we're in a tight spot with no alternatives and time is not on our side.  Reach out to the Ivericans as soon as possible and let's get the ball rolling.  It might take a year just to work through the particulars."  Heads nodded around the room and the military representatives, more than pleased by the agreement, were already writing the communique mentally.


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The Office of the Minister of National Defense
Rugi
20 MAY 2008

Roberto Gutierress-Sanso, Director, Friendly Forces Development Office
Mnistry of Armed Forces, L'República Iverica

Dear Defense Minister & Mr Gutierress-Sanso of L'República @Iverica:


I am writing to you on behalf of the Pojački National Maritime Force as the appointed representative of the Konfederacija Poja on matters of defense procurement.

I would like to meet with you in person at a time and location of your comfort to discuss the procurement of six, conventional attack submarines from Subic Naval Yards.  These vessels, export versions of your Tiburón-class, have been selected by leaders of the Pojački National Maritime Force as the most ideal choice for the replacement of our Tango-class submarines currently in service.

I look forward to your reply and I wish to extend my gratitude in honoring this request.

Sincerely,
Minister of National Defense, Marijan Božanović, on behalf of the people of the Konfederacija Poja


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