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[*] posted on 12-5-2017 at 03:42 PM
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IDEF2017: STM offers new frigate

11th May 2017 - 17:12

by Tim Fish in Istanbul




Turkish shipbuilder STM has unveiled its TF4500 design for the first time at IDEF 2017.

A model on the company stand shows a 4,500t air defence frigate that is streamlined for speed and is being plugged as an alternative choice to a 6,000t frigate planned under the Turkish Navy's future TF-2000 programme.

An STM spokesperson that has worked on the project said that the displacement of the frigate means that it is mid-range between the lighter MiLGEM National Ship corvette programme that is underway for the Turkish Navy and the TF-2000 making it open for the export market too.

He said that it is hard for a large displacement frigate to achieve the kind of high speeds wanted by the Turkish Navy that are in the range of 40kt. He added that a 6,000 or 7,000t frigate would struggle to achieve just 30kt whereas STM's TF4500 design can achieve the 40kt requirement. The ship is 150.36m-long and 16.5m-wide

Furthermore the TF4500 is a fully equipped anti-air warfare frigate with the same capability as the TF-2000. The model shows a 32 cell vertical launch system forward and TRS-4D 3D search radar/IFF system as well as two Raytheon SeaRAM systems for short range air defence.

The spokesperson said that it is an advanced design so that STM can show the Turkish Navy a fuller proposal for a smaller, faster air defence frigate. He said the radar can be swapped for another such as the Thales I-Mast or another payload developed in Turkey from a company like Aselsan.

Furthermore the SeaRAM can be swapped out for Phalanx or other CIWS if required and that the VLS could also fire land attack missiles and the Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles fitted amidships could be exchanged for another system.

The model shows a 127mm gun fitted forward and there are torpedoes fitted either side at a 20° angle the spokesperson explained. There are also two 25mm cannon and four chaff decoy dispensers.

He said that a lot of effort had been put in to reduce the radar cross section, particularly on the forward section where the positioning of the weapon systems has been designed to reduce their visibility.

TF4500 has two fire control radars, a navigation radar, an electro-optic director and VHF antennas. It has a CODAG propulsion system with two shafts, four diesel generators and CPP propellers. The ship can launch and recover two RHIBs and has stern deck space for a 10t helicopter.

The spokesperson said that it would be something for the Turkish Navy to consider in advance of their TF-2000 project, which is expected to be contracted within two years. But he added that in the meantime if the Turkish Navy wants a 6,000+ frigate than STM has that design too.
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[*] posted on 12-5-2017 at 03:51 PM


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Sources: Turkey to ink 'largest ever export deal for local industry'

By: Burak Ege Bekdil, May 10, 2017

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ISTANBUL — The Turkish government is about to finalize its efforts to ink two major naval export deals totaling between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, official sources said on condition of strict anonymity.

“This will be the largest ever export deal for Turkey’s local industry,” one source said.

An official from Turkey’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM in its Turkish acronym) did not comment, saying that it would be up to the government when and how to announce such big deals. But a senior shipyard executive confirmed “matured” talks with both countries. “The government will announce it when it thinks is the good time to announce.”

The official source said one of the deals, with Saudi Arabia, would involve the sale of at least two I-class (Istanbul-class) MILGEM corvettes or frigates. Industry sources said each vessel, coming in at 3-3.5 tons, would cost between $300 million and $500 million.

Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said recently that a big export deal with Saudi Arabia would soon be finalized, but he and other officials kept the content of the deal top secret. A Defense News report on May 3 speculated that the deal may involve naval platforms.

Turkey in 'final phase' of secretive Saudi export deal
At the beginning of the year Turkey began constructing the first I-class frigate for the Turkish Navy. The TCG Istanbul will be the country’s fifth locally designed warship after four Ada-class anti-submarine corvettes under the MILGEM program. Turkish officials said the MILGEM program was 65 percent Turkish.

The I-class frigate now going to Saudi Arabia is variant of the Ada-class corvette with a longer hull (by 14 meters) and heavier displacement (3,000-tons vs. 2,400-tons). It has similar anti-submarine warfare capabilities but also features a vertical launch system for a medium-range surface-to-air missile. It has 16 additional sub-sonic anti-ship missiles compared to eight on the Ada-class vessel.

The I-class frigate will be configured with a Mk.41 vertical launch system with the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. Both classes of vessels will be armed with one 76 mm main gun, two 12.7 mm guns, Mk. 46 lightweight anti-submarine warfare torpedoes, and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile. It will also feature a hangar and flight deck for a naval utility helicopter.

The official said the deal with Pakistan, valued at about $1 billion, will involve four Ada-class ships weighing 2-2.5 tons.

“We cannot offer a vessel with Sea Sparrow missile capabilities to a non-NATO country,” the official said. “Hence the suitability of the Ada-class vessels for Pakistan.”

Turkey substantially saved in its I-class program by re-using the Ada-class platforms. Naval experts also say hull commonality will lead to maintenance savings in infrastructure.

Turkey’s naval industry has flourished in recent years. The production of the TCG Anadolu, Turkey’s first amphibious assault ship, kicked off recently.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Landing Platform Dock LPD program would hopefully be the first step toward producing a “most elite” aircraft carrier. Then he upped Turkey’s naval ambitions that the country would also need a nuclear vessel.

In 2013, Turkey announced that it had selected the local shipyard Sedef for its LPD program. In the LPD contract, Sedef is partnered with Spain's Navantia.

The planned amphibious assault vessel will carry a battalion-sized unit of 1,200 troops and personnel, eight utility helicopters and three unmanned aerial vehicles; it also will transport 150 vehicles, including battle tanks.It may have an aircraft platform for vertical takeoff and landing. A ski jump at the front of the deck can be used to launch fighter aircraft. Industry sources estimate the cost of the contract at over $1 billion.

Under the original production plan the 231-meter-long vessel was to be completed within five and a half years. But Erdogan urged Sedef to deliver the vessel within four.
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Brazil attracts multiple firms interest for ambitious corvette project

Victor Barreira, Porto, Portugal - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 May 2017

A total of 21 companies have answered a public call, officially issued by Brazil on 10 April, to potentially built its four Tamandaré-class corvettes in co-operation with a local shipyard, the Brazilian Navy announced on 17 May.

Expressing interest were BAE Systems; Chalkins Shipyards; China Shipbuilding and Offshore; China Shipbuilding Trading; Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding; DCNS do Brasil Serviços Navais; Ficantieri; German Naval Yards Kiel; Goa Shipyard; Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders; Navantia; Poly Technologies; Posco Daewoo do Brasil; Rosoboronexport JSC; Saab; Singapore Technologies Marine; Ukraine's State Research and Design Shipbuilding Centre; Turkish Associated International Shipyards (TAIS); Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS); Wuhu Shipyard; and Zentech do Brasil Serviços Técnicos.

A request for proposal is to be issued in second half of 2017, the navy said.

The Brazilian Navy's Naval Projects Center developed the corvette basic design project with assistance from Fincantieri's VARD. The project is a top priority and integrates the service's strategic programme 'Construção do Poder Naval', which is run by the Navy Programs Management Directorate.


The vessel, shown here in a rendering, is required to be built in Brazil; potentially with the navy's shipyard Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) playing a key role. (Brazilian Navy)

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IMDEX 2017: ST Marine introduces Vanguard series of modular vessels

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

18 May 2017

Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched an array of surface vessels, which it calls the Vanguard series, and is showcasing them at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition.


A model of the Vanguard 110 frigate on display at the IMDEX 2017 exhibition. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)

Although it comes with four different classes, each class has been designed with a common hull form, which reduces design and engineering cost should a customer acquire more than one class of vessel from the series, said Siow Chee Kiang, ST Marine's vice-president for marketing and branding, in an interview with Jane's at the exhibition in Singapore.

The four classes are the Vanguard 80 patrol vessel, the Vanguard 95 naval research and support vessel, the Vanguard 105 offshore patrol vessel (OPV), and the Vanguard 120 frigate.

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[*] posted on 20-5-2017 at 01:37 PM


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[*] posted on 20-5-2017 at 02:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by buglerbilly  
I read it on FB.............pretty much thought it was full of bluff and bluster to hide the stupid cock-up that ACTUALLY happened!


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Published: Monday, 22 May 2017 04:30
 
Saudi Arabia Procures Four MMSC based on Lockheed Martin's Freedom LCS
 
On May 22nd, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and rotary wing technologies and programs. The agreement includes four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) based on the Freedom-class LCS Lockheed Martin’s industry team is building for the U.S. Navy.
 

A recent artist impression of the MMSC released by Lockheed Martin. It is not clear if this is representative of the Royal Saudi Navy configuration as it differs quite a lot compared to the scale model (note the Mk41 VLS cells fitted forward and different main gun).
  
During the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 2016 National Symposium currently Navy Recognition was the first to report on the MMSC model showcased for the very first time by Lockheed Martin. This was variant was being offered to the Royal Saudi Navy as part of a modernization program of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program)

 
LCS Frigate / MMSC scale model in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration as showcased by Lockheed Martin during SNA 2016.
 
Back in October 2015, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release that the U.S. State Department gave its green light for a proposed sale to Saudi Arabia of four MMSC Ships, an export variant of Lockheed Martin's Freedom class LCS currently in use with the U.S. Navy.

The model on display at SNA 2016 featured an Oto Melara 76mm main gun, 8 Harpoon anti-ship missiles (in two launchers), 2x8 MK41 VLS cells (on each side of the helicopter hangar), a SeaRAM on top of the hangar, two triple torpedo launchers and what looked like two Mk38 turrets. These probably just to give a notional idea of a remote weapon stations (RWS) since the DSCA release originally mentionned Nexter's Narwhal 20mm RWS.

 
Close up view of some of the weapon systems arangement on the MMSC for the Royal Saudi Navy. Note the 8x Harpoon missiles, 16 Mk41 VLS and SeaRAM.
  
Two CEROS 200 radar and optronic tracking fire control director by Saab are also fitted: One forward (on top of the deck house) and the other one back aft, between the harpoon launchers and the SeaRAM system. A Lockheed Martin representative told Navy Recognition during the show that the aft mounted CEROS had to be elevated because the SeaRAM would otherwise block some of its field of view.

In terms of sensors, the Saudi Navy MMSC would be fitted with an Airbus D&S TRS-4D AESA Radar, a Variable Depth Sonar (likely Thales CAPTAS type), Saab Ceros 200 radar and optronic tracking fire control director, Argon ST WBR-2000 Electronic Support Measure and Threat Warning System. The combat management system is set to be similar to the one fitted onboard the Freedom class LCS: The COMBATSS-21 by Lockheed Martin.

Below the helicopter deck is a mission bay area that still has some built in modularity. There is space for a ramp launched RHIB and/or a variable depth sonar. A Lockheed Martin representative told us that the final design and configuration is still being worked on. Hull size and shape, propulsion system, power output, helicopter hangar etc remain unchanged compared to the U.S. Navy Freedom class LCS.

The deal signed yesterday also include spares, training and other logistics items for the program. A Memorandum of Understanding between Lockheed Martin and Saudi Arabian Military Industries for the parties to work together to build defense capabilities in the KSA to support Vision 2030 and provide for localization efforts associated with Multi-mission Surface Combatants was signed as well
 
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[*] posted on 8-6-2017 at 12:40 PM


Netherlands details new ship projects

07th June 2017 - 19:13

by Beth Maundrill in Portsmouth



While the Royal Netherlands Air Force focuses on the F-35 multirole fighter, its new tanker aircraft and the procurement of CH-47F Chinooks, the navy is also working on numerous acquisition programmes.

Recent times have seen a lack of money for navy projects but the tides are now turning with at least ten new projects underway and officially set to begin in September.

‘Now it is our decade,’ said Capt Sebo Hofkamp, head, naval plans and requirements at the Netherlands MoD, during the Future Surface Fleet conference in Portsmouth.

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is planning the replacement of its mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, its M-Frigates and replacement of its four Walrus class submarines.

In 2016, the nation signed a memorandum of understanding with Belgium for the MCM and frigate projects. Six new MCM vessels and two frigates will be acquired by the Netherlands and the same number of both for Belgium.

Belgium will take the lead on the MCM vessel and Netherlands will lead on the frigate development, according to Hofkamp.

The replacements for the M-Frigate are scheduled to be delivered between 2024 and 2029 with the first two to be sent to the Netherlands. The project began two years ago with requirements and specifications completed and the new frigates will be optimised for anti-submarine warfare.

Models of the frigate designs shown during the presentation, revealed ships between 4,500 and 6,000 tonnes.

Some of the RNLN’s weapon systems are also scheduled for upgrade or renewal. Hofkamp said that the replacement of the Harpoon ship missile system will begin shortly, while the Netherlands is also looking into a new torpedo defence system for 2024 and beyond.

The MCM vessels will incorporate more unmanned systems, as is the trend with the renewal of MCM platforms.

‘We will build a ship to operate with all that unmanned gear… and launch and recover it up to sea state three or four,’ said the captain.

It is likely that the MCM vessels will be equipped with two USVs, up to 15m in length, and Hofkamp said the vessel itself will be around 80-90m.

The requirements for the MCM have been completed and the project is now in the specifications phase.

The nation is also looking at a fast replacement for its combat support ship with a new design. ‘We need it quick,’ said Hofkamp, ‘It should be in the water around 2022.’
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Finnish corvettes on course

08th June 2017 - 11:00

by Beth Maundrill in Portsmouth



With a budget of €1.2 billion, the Finnish navy is bolstering its fleet with its Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project moving forward at pace.

Most recently the main contractor, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command (FDFLOGCOM), signed a contract with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the design of four Squadron 2020 project multi-role corvettes.

Separately, FDFLOGCOM selected Atlas Elektronik, Lockheed Martin Canada and Saab to battle it out for the Squadron 2020 combat system. 

The navy is expecting to select one of these competitors and sign a contract within the next 12 months, according to Cmdr Jon von Weissenberg, project manager for 2020 with the Finnish Navy.

Speaking at the Future Surface Fleet conference in Portsmouth, he also said that the building contract for the corvettes should be in place by 2018. Squadron 2020 will replace three different class of ship currently scheduled for retirement.

‘We are still on our original timescale and the first ship delivery is expected in 2021,’ von Weissenberg added.

The plan is for the new corvettes to be operational out to 30 years with one mid-life upgrade planned, alongside continuous upgrade of the subsystems during this time.

While the navy could have gone for an off-the-shelf ship design, von Weissenberg said the requirements were too specific for this.

Finland is one of the only nations to still carry out minelaying and this was one of the driving factors for not choosing a ship design already out there, according to von Weissenberg.

Other significant factors include the need for ice-breaking capability, given all of Finland’s ports freeze during the winter months, alongside open sea endurance.

‘We need a hull that can do 27 knots at sea and also break ice,’ von Weissenberg said.

The corvettes will have an ice going capability that is able to sustain independent operations in the Gulf of Finland and Archipelago Sea with an Ice Class 1A mixed with sea state 5 abilities.

The current design of the vessel sees a 100m long ship with a 3,000 tonne displacement and an average crew of 60. The multi-role corvette will be tasked with ASuW, ASW and AAW.

Various simulated testing has been carried out over the last year including ice-going tests and full scale propeller tests. 
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MAST Asia 2017: Japan unveils further details of multipurpose trimaran concept proposal for JMSDF

Ridzwan Rahmat, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Navy International

13 June 2017

Key Points

- Japan has unveiled further details of a trimaran concept it has been working on since 2014
- Platform is intended to fill the gap between the JMSDF's large surface combatants and small patrol boats

Shades of Austal's MRV.........................


A model of the trimaran concept being proposed by ATLA to the JMSDF. (IHS/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) acquisition, technology & logistics agency (ATLA) has unveiled further details of a multipurpose trimaran concept that is being proposed to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

A study for the concept was first initiated in 2014 in response to a requirement for a platform that can swiftly respond to naval mine threats, but it has since evolved to fill a perceived gap between the JMSDF's larger surface combatants and smaller patrol craft, according to an ATLA official who spoke to Jane's at the MAST Asia 2017 defence exhibition and conference in Tokyo.

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MAST Asia 2017: Japan unveils further details of multipurpose trimaran concept proposal for JMSDF

Ridzwan Rahmat, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Navy International

12 June 2017


A model of the trimaran concept being proposed by ATLA to the JMSDF. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points

- Japan has unveiled further details of a trimaran concept it has been working on since 2014
- Platform is intended to fill the gap between the JMSDF's large surface combatants and small patrol boats

The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) acquisition, technology & logistics agency (ATLA) has unveiled further details of a multipurpose trimaran concept that is being proposed to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

A study for the concept was first initiated in 2014 in response to a requirement for a platform that can swiftly respond to naval mine threats, but it has since evolved to fill a perceived gap between the JMSDF's larger surface combatants and smaller patrol craft, according to an ATLA official who spoke to Jane's at the MAST Asia 2017 defence exhibition and conference in Tokyo.

The proposal features an overall length of 92 m, and overall beam of 21 m, a draught of 4 m, and a full load displacement of about 1,500 tonnes with full aluminium hull and super structure.

The concept also has maximum speeds in excess of 35 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt.

The concept is helicopter-capable for aircraft of up to 14 tonnes, and has been designed to now undertake a spectrum of duties beyond mine countermeasures, including maritime interdictions, counter-piracy, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. A mission bay underneath the helicopter deck has also been incorporated to fit a number of containerised mission modules such as those for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. The mission bay was not present in earlier proposals for the trimaran, said the ATLA official.

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Indigenous Arms Industry Defies ‘Hidden Embargoes’ On Turkey: Erdoğan

(Source: Hurriyet Daily News; published July 03, 2017)


The fourth and final Ada-class corvette, Kinaliada, was launched yesterday in Istanbul. Developed to make weapons more affordable, Turkey’s defense industry is now seen as a way to avoid a “hidden embargo” that Turkey allegedly suffers. (TNN photo)

Turkey’s flourishing indigenous arms industry has defied a “hidden embargo” on the country for the last 15 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 3, signaling new projects in the sector.

Speaking at the launch ceremony of the Kınalıada Corvette, domestically manufactured under the Turkish military’s national warship development project (MİLGEM), Erdoğan vowed that the country would not give up on realizing its high ambitions for the defense industry.

“It must be one of our priorities to become a full arms-producing country rather than a consumer in this area. We need to prefer our domestic corporations over foreign ones if they are making products of equal characteristics. If we had not followed this practice over the past 15 years, because of these hidden embargoes we would not have even been able to undertake in our cross-border operations against terror,” he said.

He was speaking in Istanbul’s Tuzla shipyard, where the construction of five naval corvettes was kick-started after the Kınalıada ceremony.

The first weld of the Kınalıada Corvette ceremony was held in June 2016, and officials say it will become operational by 2020.

The indigenous “Ada-class” naval corvettes of 99.5 meters length have been designed to carry out various missions such as surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, surveillance and reconnaissance, command-control and asymmetric defense warfare missions. The first was the TCG Heybeliada (F-511), launched in 2008.

The ships, which are named after the Princes’ Islands off Istanbul, are designed for search and rescue, patrol and anti-submarine warfare duties and are armed with a 76 millimeter gun, missiles and torpedoes and carry a Seahawk helicopter.

The ships have a displacement of 2,400 tons, a maximum speed of more than 29 knots (33 miles an hour) and a range of 3,500 nautical miles.

Erdoğan also noted Turkey has completed 14 warship projects and is set to finalize 10 further projects in this field.

“We are proud of our ability to build military ships, especially the construction of submarines. Turkey has been among the 10 countries in the world capable of designing and manufacturing military vessels. We will also build our own aircraft carriers,” he said.

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TCG Kınalıada Is Launched and TCG Istanbul Is Placed On Slipway (excerpt)

(Source: TurkishNavy.net; posted July 3, 2017)

The fourth and last ship of Ada class corvettes, F-514 TCG Kınalıada was launched today, after 8 years and 9 months since first indigenous warship TCG Heybeliada left the slipway.

Today also marked the start of a new era of Turkish warship construction. The first module of the frigate TCG Istanbul was laid on the slipway.

The first steel of the frigate was cut on 19. January 2017. The first model of the ship was constructed during the last 6 months. As Tuzla Naval Shipyard has only one slipway to accommodate new buildings, the launching of TCG Kınalıada created space for the frigate.

TCG İstanbul will be the prototype of the second generation of the Milgem class warships. There will be four of them: TCG İstanbul, TCG İzmir, TCG İzmit and TCG İçel. They are a modified version of Ada class corvettes. They will be about 14 meters longer but will have the same width as Ada class. The frigates will be 600 tons heavier.

Construction of TCG İstanbul is expected to be completed within the next 46 months with the intended commissioning date is 2021. (end of excerpt)

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Published: Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:36

Fincantieri Starts Working on Italian Navy Future Landing Helicopter Dock LHD
 
The steel cutting ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and it falls within the renewal plan of the operational lines of the Italian Navy vessels, approved by the Government and Parliament and started in May 2015. The multi-year program for the renewal of the Italian Navy’s fleet foresees the construction, besides the LHD - whose works officially start today – of seven Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ships (PPA), with other three in option, as well as the logistic support ship (LSS) “Vulcano”.

  
CGI of the future LHD featuring a dual island configuration. Fincantieri image.
 
The LHD will be classified by RINA Services pursuant international conventions about prevention of pollution regarding the more traditional aspects, like the ones of the MARPOL Convention, as well as those not yet mandatory, as the Hong Kong Convention about ship recycling.
 
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/phUN1aohVXs?t=103
Our video coverage on Fincantieri's LHD during Euronaval 2016
  
Vessel’s characteristics: LHD - Landing Helicopter Dock

The unit will be approx. 200 meters long with a maximum speed of 25 knots. It will be equipped with a combined diesel and gas turbine plant (CODOG) and will be able to accommodate on board over 1,000 people, of whom more than 700 military or civilian transported people.

The LHD's main mission is the transport of people, vehicles and loads of different kinds and in their transfer on land in port areas through on board systems and in not equipped areas with various kinds of vessels (such as the small LCM landing craft units with a load capacity up to 60 tons, four of which can be admitted, launched, and recovered through a flooded basin, located on the stern of the vessel).

The LHD’s military profile use provides transport and landing, in equipped and non-equipped areas, of troupes, military vehicles, logistic equipment, using the provided features and means of transfer.

  
The steel cutting ceremony. Image: Fincantieri
  
The civil profile use provides:

• healthcare and hospital support

• transfer and landing of people and wheeled or crawled means of transport in equipped and non-equipped areas

• supply of drinking water to land through onboard desalination plants or storages

• supply of electricity to land with 2000 kw of power and its distribution through containerized conversion and distribution units

• possibility of accommodating specialized staff on board or hosting up to 700 civilian personnel, plus the same number in containerized residential units

• rescue operations base through helicopters and boar staffing vessels

Equipped with wide embarkment areas of about 4500mq within dock-garage and hangar-garage and a continuous open deck, able to receive wheeled vehicles of various kinds, containers and helicopters, the unit can perform several military and civil missions.

The different areas of cargo securing are accessible through stern and side ramps, and cargo handling will be managed by internal ramps and elevators.

On board there will be a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, and a hospital rooms capable of hosting 28 seriously injured patients (further admissions are possible through duly equipped container modules).
 
 
LHD scale model unveiled by Fincantieri during Euronaval 2016
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Turkey's naval ambitions boosting local industry

By: Burak Ege Bekdil, July 17, 2017

ANKARA — As Turkey, a peninsula in a volatile region, has in recent years thrived to push up its regional political clout, the Ankara government has taken a position to commission a wide range of vessels from local shipyards. “That became the boost [for the local industry] which we aimed at,” said one senior procurement planner.

Only in the past year or so a total of six navy ships have been either delivered to the military command or launched. These are the Ada-class corvettes TCG Burgazada and TCG Kinaliada, landing ship TCG Bayraktar, logistical support ships TCG Yuzbasi Gungor Durmus and TCG Ustegmen Arif Ekmekci and rescue ship TCG Alemdar. In the past 15 years, Turkey has completed 14 military ship programs, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. The number of Turkish shipyards has increased from 37 to 80 since 2003.

At a recent ceremony for the launch of the TCG Kinaliada on July 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, notoriously keen to develop Turkey’s local arms industry, said that he was determined to follow plans for the local construction of an aircraft carrier. “We are determined to build an aircraft carrier,” he said. “Turkey is one of the only 10 countries in the world that can design and build warships.”

The ceremony also marked the start of a national frigate program that involves the construction of I-class vessels. These ships can carry longer-range weapons systems compared to the Ada-class corvettes and feature advanced command and control systems.

The local industry immediately expressed enthusiasm for the planned aircraft carrier program.

“We are willing to take on that ambition,” said Orhan Gulcek, board chairman of Yalova Altinova Tersane Girisimcileri, an umbrella group of privately owned Turkish shipyards.

Gulcek said that Turkish shipyards are now capable of building almost all kinds of warships, including those that come close to an aircraft carrier. “The Ministry of Defense has in recent years supported all local programs which brought the industry to a point where it has become a major potential exporter,” he said.

The “near aircraft carrier” Gulcek mentions is the TCG Anadolu being built by Turkish shipyards Sedef under license from Spain’s Navantia. The vessel is a derivative of the Spanish ship Juan Carlos, a “light aircraft carrier.”    

Under the program, worth over $1 billion, Navantia will provide design, technology transfer, equipment and technical assistance to Sedef for the design and development of the TCG Anadolu. The ship will be built in Turkey and feature locally made command and control and combat systems.

The TCG Anadolu also will feature a fully equipped flight deck with the ski-jump ramp in front. It will be capable of operating up to 12 F-35Bs and 12 helicopters at a maximum range of 9,000 miles. Its flight deck and aviation hangar can accommodate either 12 medium-size helicopters or eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The ship will be delivered to the Turkish Navy in 2021.

Meanwhile, under a deal between the European Union and the International Organization for Migration, Damen, an international shipyard group, delivered on July 7 two SAR 1906 vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard. The two vessels — the first to be delivered in what is a six-vessel contract — will be mobilized in refugee and migrant rescue operations.

“All that is in line with Erdogan’s ambitions to make Turkey a regional power not just in Turkish littoral waters but also away,” said one London-based Turkey specialist. “Naval and armored land platforms have so far proven to be the best local products the Turkish industry was able to offer. Both businesses have strong growth prospects in a country where the end user is willing to buy more and a region to which they tend increasingly to export.”
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Algeria commissions locally built corvette

Jeremy Binnie - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 August 2017

The Algerian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 9 August that the locally built corvette Rais Hassen Barbiar (807) had been commissioned by chief of staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah at the Mers el-Khebir naval base on the previous day.


Algeria's locally built Rais Hassen Barbiar corvette was commissioned on 8 August, more than eight years after construction began. (Algerian Ministry of National Defence)

The corvette is the first of the C 62 class, which is a larger version of the C 58 class, three of which have been built in Algeria. Like the C 58 boats, Rais Hassen Barbiar is armed with a 76 mm AK-176 main gun, four anti-ship missiles that are probably Chinese-made C-802s, and an AK-630 close-in weapon system.

The main visual difference between the two classes is that Rais Hassen Barbiar's missile launch canisters are mounted in front of the AK-630 with two facing out either side, instead of at the stern facing forwards.

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Sea Oryx on track as corvette build confirmed

21st August 2017 - 13:56

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Taiwan’s Sea Oryx missile system, currently under development with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST), will incorporate a new generation imaging infrared seeker detector (IIS SKR).

The addition is the latest development of the programme since it was unveiled in 2015 and comes as the R&D phase is about to be finalised. Once fitted the IIR SKR will enhance the infrared counter-countermeasures and target detection capability.

Other changes to have been made during the programme includes an increase in rocket motor diameter to boost the effective range and the use of composite materials to reduce missile weight.

The Sea Oryx missile adopts the folding wing design for smaller volume size while an eight-finned tail design increases flight stability.

A search and tracking radar is mounted on top of the 12-missile launching box, including a FLIR sensor on the left and a wind speed transmitter on the right. This compact variant is suitable for a light displacement warship......EDITED
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Malaysia names and launches first Littoral Combat Ship

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 August 2017

Key Points
- Malaysia has named and launched the country’s first Littoral Combat Ship
- Platform will provide the Royal Malaysian Navy with all-round offensive capabilities against air, surface, and underwater threats


Malaysia's first-of-class Littoral Combat Ship, Maharaja Lela, just prior to its launch on 24 August 2017 (Royal Malaysian Navy)

Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has launched the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

The vessel, which has been given the pennant number 2501, was launched on 24 August at BNS’ facility in Lumut by the Queen of Perak, Zara Salim. In attendance at the launching ceremony was the Sultan of Perak Nazrin Muizzudin Shah, Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein, and RMN Chief Admiral Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.

Just prior to its launch, the queen also revealed that the warship will be known in service as KD Maharaja Lela , named after the 19th century anti-British Malay nationalist who was executed by the colonial government in 1877.

Maharaja Lela is the first of six LCS platforms ordered under a MYR9 billion (USD2.1 billion) contract awarded to BNS in July 2014, and was laid down in March 2016. According to specifications provided by the RMN, the 3,000-tonne LCS platform features an overall length of 111 m, an overall beam of 16 m, and a hull draught of 3.85 m.

The warship, which derives its design from French shipbuilder Naval Group’s Gowind 2500 corvette, has been incorporated with reduced radar cross section (RCS), acoustic, infrared (IR) and magnetic signatures for a stealthier disposition. It has a crew complement of 118 including 18 officers, and can accommodate one helicopter on its flight deck.

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Italy Navy chief flies flag for FREMM, cites frigate’s role in the Mediterranean

By: Tom Kington   2 hours ago


The Italo-French FREMM multipurpose frigate Aquitaine sails off the coast of Lorient, western France, on Nov. 27, 2012. (Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images)

ROME — As countries around the world, not least the U.S., search for new frigate designs to take on growing maritime missions, they should consider the Italian FREMM frigates, Italy’s Navy chief has claimed.

Adm. Valter Girardelli said the vessels, built by Italy’s Fincantieri in a joint program with French industry, were proving essential as Italy runs anti-piracy operations and faces an increased Chinese and Russian presence in the Mediterranean, including Russian submarines.

“The world is changing and FREMM vessels are able to operate in blue, brown and littoral waters,” he told Defense News in an interview.

Italy now has six of 10 ordered FREMM frigates in service, including the Carabinieri — which has visited Australia on a six-month tour as the country nears its decision on a new frigate buy — and the Fasan. The Fasan took command of the European Union’s anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa last month.

The first of the six vessels entered service in 2013.

The Navy has ordered its FREMM in two versions: general purpose and anti-submarine warfare, which Girardelli described as “currently the most technologically advanced ASW vessels in the world.”

He said the FREMM-class frigates boasted a very silent platform, which “allows you not to be heard and, in the case of the ASW type, to optimize the use of sensors.”

“It is a feature that was lost after the Cold War, until submarines again became strategic assets,” he added.

With the general-purpose version’s ability to put special forces on shore and offer ground support with its 127mm Vulcano guided munition, “FREMM is a complete system that works,” he said, adding that after a total of 20,000 hours at sea, “they are well-proven and we are really putting them to use.”

Leonardo, which developed the Vulcano guided munition, has already teamed with BAE Systems to offer the technology to the U.S. Navy.

The vessels also feature the Aster 15 and 30 missiles and the 76mm Strales system — a radar beam-guided munition to take out missiles. The Strales is also produced by Italy’s Leonardo.
“With three shots we can take out a missile at 5,000 meters,” Girardelli said.

Apart from Fincantieri’s competing in Australia, the Italian FREMM is also attracting interest from Canada and the U.S., which issued a request for information in July for a new frigate.

The RFI states that in order to get the ship into service as quickly as possible, the U.S. Navy wants suppliers to base their offers on existing designs.

“After the littoral combat ship and the focus on [6,000] to 7,000-ton ships, there is a return to seeing the importance of control of the high seas,” Girardelli said. “The need to control high seas for long periods means command and control, air surveillance, communication, and offering protection to a battle group. Think of a group of carriers in the Far East — it is a return to the past.

Once you had Perry class frigates which were anti-ship and anti-submarine. The LCS cannot do that.

“The RFI shows this and we are set to have visits from the U.S. to obtain more information about the FREMM.

“The US has said, ‘Let’s see what is on the market,‘ and the FREMM could be of interest.”

Girardelli said that Fincantieri was interested in responding to the U.S. request for information.

Meanwhile, Italy’s FREMMs will prove instrumental in patrolling a Mediterranean that has once again become a hot spot in recent years, according to the admiral.

Over the summer, a group of Chinese naval vessels, including a destroyer, a frigate and a refueler, stopped in at the Italian port of Civitavecchia as part of a Show the Flag mission.

“The Greek port of Piraeus is now Chinese-owned, and they are also building a port in Algeria,” Girardelli explained.

Russian submarines were now cruising the Mediterranean, he added, while the Italian Navy has also been involved in the EU operation Sophia to track human smugglers sending migrants across the Mediterranean Sea on flimsy boats.

“Migration is not going to go away — it’s structural,” he said.

“Nevertheless, the Italian Navy’s most demanding commitment — especially in terms of involved surface and sub assets — is currently Operation Mare Sicuro,” he added. “It is a typical maritime security engagement focused on the central Mediterranean’s crucial waters, aimed at protecting national interests in the area, including shipping, fishing, offshore infrastructures and national units whilst at the same time providing prevention from terrorists infiltration from North Africa.”
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Selling Italian frigates to the USN?

Talk about pissing up into the wind.




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Published: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:10

DSEI 2017 - Naval Show News
  
DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin Unveils LCS 125M Concept Design for US Navy FFG(X)
 
At DSEI 2017, the international defense trade show currently held in London, UK, Lockheed Martin unveiled the new LCS 125 meters. A company representative explained that this "concept" is representative of Lockheed Martin's answer to the U.S. Navy FFG(X) requirement.

 
The new LCS 125M unveiled at DSEI 2017
  
The US Department of Defense released a Request for Information (RFI) in July this year to let the industry know what the U.S. Navy is expecting from the Fast Frigate, Guided (Experimental) or FFG(X). The RFI says, "A competition for FFG(X) is envisioned to consider existing parent designs for a Small Surface Combatant that can be modified to accommodate the specific capability requirements prescribed by the US Navy."

The U.S. Navy wants a frigate that can keep up with carrier strike groups as well as conduct missions on its own. “The FFG(X) will normally aggregate into strike groups and Large Surface Combatant led surface action groups but also possess the ability to robustly defend itself during conduct of independent operations while connected and contributing to the fleet tactical grid.” The U.S. Navy expects the frigate to be survivable in complex scenarios: "FFG(X) will perform its missions in complex electronic warfare and anti-ship missile threat environments".

The new Frigate would likely replace the troubled, very modular, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for typical "frigate missions". The U.S. Navy is requesting the FFG(X) to conduct the following missions:

- Over the horizon anti-surface warfare (ASuW )
- Anti-submarine warfare (ASW)
- Independently escort logistics ship convoys
- Electronic warfare (EW)
- Electronic signals intelligence and collection (ELINT)

The frigate displacement isn't mentionned in the RFI, but it is likely to be comprised between 4000 tons (if the design is to stay as close as possible to the LCS) and in excess of 6000 tons (in view of the requirements set by the U.S. Navy, which is particularly interested on how the shipbuilders can fit VLS for ESSM and Standard Missiles and how many).

The U.S. Navy intends to award a Detail Design and Construction contract for the first FFG(X) in 2020. The full RFI can be found at this link.
 
 
The new LCS 125M features no less that 16x anti-ship missile
 
Lockheed Martin latest Frigate design is based on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The frigate measures 125 meters in length (compared to the 115 meters of the LCS).

Lockheed Martin representatives didn't wish to go into detailed specifications in terms of displacement, width and draft. Its crew complement is 130 sailors (compared to a crew of 65 sailors on the LCS).

  
Lockheed Martin's LCS 125M at DSEI 2017
  
The scale model unveiled at DSEI features 16x anti-ship missiles, likely LRASM (Lockheed stressed they can fit any type of missile selected by the customer): 8x forward, below the bridge and 8x more aft, on top of the helicopter hangar. There are also 16x Mk 41 VLS cells for ESSM and/or Standard Missiles.

The main gun is a BAE Systems Bofors Mk110 57mm as per the RFI. There is a SeaRAM launcher on top of the helicopter hangar on top of the helicopter hangar as per the RFI as well.
 
 
Additions on this frigate compared to the baseline LCS include Nulka decoy launchers, SEWIP, SeaRAM, fire control radars...
  
Other additions (when compared to the baseline LCS) inlcude two SEWIP EW antennas/jammers, 4x Nulka decoy launchers, 2x RWS (which appear to be the Seahawk by MSI Defence) and 2x fire control radars, all located on top of the main structure.

 
The LCS 125M features bilge keels aft while the propulsion system remains unchanged
  
The propulsion system remains unchanged, however we noted one last addition on the frigate's hull: the presence of bilge keels. They increase hydrodynamic resistance to rolling, making the ship roll less. Bilge keels are passive stability systems.
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Leonardo works on 'Europe's first fully digital' radar

By: Tom Kington   8 hours ago


Italy’s Leonardo is edging closer to producing a fully digital, active electronically scanned array radar — the L-band Kronos Power Shield — which will be the only one of its kind in Europe according to the firm — with initial components now being manufactured. Seen in this photo is Leonardo's Kronos Grand Naval, which is a multifunctional radar used as the main radar for the Principal Anti-Air Missile System. (Leonardo)

ROME — Italy’s Leonardo is edging closer to producing a fully digital, active electronically scanned array radar — the only one of its kind in Europe according to the firm — with initial components now being manufactured.

The L-band Kronos Power Shield radar is being built for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock vessel.

“We are evolving the new Leonardo AESA radar into a fully digital system, which allows us to manage a bigger amount of data in less time, so enhancing the radar performance,” said Renzo Tosini, naval and Air Defence line of business director at Leonardo’s Land and Naval Defence Electronics division.

Active Electronically Scanned Array radars use grids of small Transmit Receive Modules, each generating an individual radar beam which can be combined to create a larger, composite, directed radar beam.

With each TRM containing its own power source, the break down of one TRM barely affects overall performance, unlike traditional radars where a sole power source behind the antenna powered the entire radar, meaning total breakdown if the power source was lost.

The key novelty in Leonardo’s new radar is that the transmitting and receiving signal is already digital at the level of the single radiating element.

“The new L band radar is based on ‘digital’ TRMs hosted into so-called ‘Digital Active Tile’ blocks,” said Tosini.

“Going fully digital means the radar transceiver is thinner and allows the radar system to process more information faster,” he added.

The roughly 40 square meter rotating radar will offer an instrumental extended surveillance range of 1,500 - 2,000 km.

Italy’s Fincantieri started work in July on Italy’s new 1.1 billion euro LHD, a 25 knot, 200 metre long vessel that will enter service in around 2022.

The multi-functional radar will equip Italy’s LHD and the Landing Platform Dock that Fincantieri will build for Qatar, said Tosini.

The new technology is being developed as Fincantieri enters talks to jointly build warships with France’s Naval Group.

Politicians in Italy have raised fears that the systems, like radar, which Leonardo has long supplied to Fincantieri ships might be squeezed out of the joint program by kit supplied by France’s Thales.

Leonardo is also offering flat panel C and X band radars known as Kronos which will be used on Italy’s new multi-purpose PPA frigates.
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I'd actually like to know a little more about the ship behind it.

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Published: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:10

DSEI 2017 - Naval Show News
  
DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin Unveils LCS 125M Concept Design for US Navy FFG(X)
 
At DSEI 2017, the international defense trade show currently held in London, UK, Lockheed Martin unveiled the new LCS 125 meters. A company representative explained that this "concept" is representative of Lockheed Martin's answer to the U.S. Navy FFG(X) requirement.

 
The new LCS 125M unveiled at DSEI 2017
  
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Brazil launches Tamandaré-class corvette competition

Victor Barreira - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 December 2017


The vessel, shown here in a rendering, is required to be built in Brazil. Source: Brazilian Navy

The Brazilian Navy on 19 December issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes, and said it expects to select a supplier in September 2018.

The effort is slated to cost about USD1.6 billion. Brazil wants local construction by a state-owned or private shipbuilder, but could allow the first-in-class vessel to be built abroad.

Competitors can submit their own or a Brazilian-developed design.

The Brazilian Navy's Naval Projects Center developed the corvette basic design project with assistance from Fincantieri's VARD.

The best offer is to be chosen based on price, local content, technology transfers, and offsets.

Proposals are to be delivered by 18 May 2018, a shortlist will be revealed on 27 July 2018, and the chosen offer announced on 28 September 2018, according to the RFP.

State-owned Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) will manage contracts for the project.

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