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[*] posted on 27-11-2019 at 09:39 AM



Iranian frigate.

Iran say it is designing new class of warship

By George Allison - November 26, 201914

The Iranian Navy say it’s working on a design of a new warship class between 5,000 and 7,000 tons.

Speaking on November the 24th, 2019, the commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, was quoted in local media saying that a new warship — which he classified as a ‘destroyer’ — is being developed under the ‘Negin’ project. The vessel is to displace between 5,000 and 7,000 tons, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.

If the warship is developed as planned, it would make for a significant increase in the capabilities of Iran’s naval forces as the largest vessels in service presently are around 1,300 tons, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Separately, Rear Admiral Khanzadi noted that Iran is equipping its warships with vertical-launching missile systems:
“In line with directives of the Commander in Chief, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, who has called for higher level of immunity for sailing units, Iran’s Navy is devising plans for equipping its vessels with VLS missile cells.”

Two warships in the Moudge class, Damavand and Dena, are to receive the VLS cells.
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[*] posted on 9-12-2019 at 09:56 AM


Iran has unveiled trimaran warship design Safineh guided missile destroyer project

Posted On Friday, 06 December 2019 21:52

On November 30, 2019, the Iranian Navy has unveiled new military achievements produced locally including a new Trimaran warship design under the "Safineh" guided-missile destroyer project. According to our first analysis, the ship has a design similar to U.S. Navy Independence-class littoral combat ship.


Scale model of the new Iranian-made Safineh-class guided-missile destroyer project. (Picture source MEHR News Agency)

In December 2018, FARS news Iranian press agency has released a drawing of the new Iranian-made Trimaran destroyer.
According to a first technical review released on the Internet by Global Security, the ship has a displacement of 3,000 tons and a speed of 40+ knots. It is equipped with a 96-unit vertical launch system into the forward deck, 4 Kamand close defense systems, and a 57/76 mm main gun.

The warship also has a large deck with dual hangars, twice as big as a single-hull vessel of the same tonnage, and it can carry all types of helicopters operating in the Iranian Navy.

The helicopter deck of the Safineh-class guided-missile destroyer is very large compared to the various types of combat vessels in active service with the Iranian Navy. It uses a trimaran design and is propelled by a set of 4 water jets. Also, low hydrodynamic resistance in high speed and a floating propulsion system appropriate to the needed corresponding dimensions and speed are among other features of Safineh.

The Safineh-class is also equipped with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar. The AESA is a more advanced, sophisticated, second-generation of the original PESA phased array technology. PESAs can only emit a single beam of radio waves at a single frequency at a time. The AESA can radiate multiple beams of radio waves at multiple frequencies simultaneously. AESA radars can spread their signal emissions across a wider range of frequencies, which makes them more difficult to detect over background noise, allowing ships and aircraft to radiate powerful radar signals while still remaining stealthy.

The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) arrives in Portland for Rose Festival Fleet Week, on June 2017. (Picture source US Navy)
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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 06:26 PM


Success in Mexico: First POLA Ship Passes Sea Acceptance Trials

(Source: Thales; issued Jan 07, 2020)


The Damen designed and Thales-equipped ARM Reformador, the Mexican Navy’s latest warship, has completed her acceptance trials; the next milestone is her commissioning into active service with the Mexican Navy, scheduled for next month. (Thales photo)

In November and December 2019, ARM Reformador, the first of the Mexican Navy’s POLA class vessels, was subjected to the Sea Acceptance Trials. The trials took place off the Mexican west coast. Faced with various surface and air targets, Thales proved convincingly the integration of its systems and their functionalities.

In addition to the regular SAT, Thales also performed a challenging demonstration of its SMART-S Mk2 radar, involving a series of sea skimming and supersonic flights. SMART-S Mk2 performed excellent, to the full satisfaction of the Mexican Navy.

After the successful trials, the project’s next milestone is the commissioning of the ship into active service with the Mexican Navy. This is expected in February 2020.

“Thales signed this contract in 2017 and was challenged to deliver early 2020. Thanks to the great cooperation with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and by making full use of our standard product philosophy, we met every requirement. We are looking forward to future projects with the Mexican Navy,” said Geert van der Molen, Thales VP Naval.

Thales Mission Suite

The Thales share in ARM Reformador is huge: the Tacticos Combat Management System, the SMART-S Mk2 Air and Surface Surveillance Radar, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 Radar and EO Tracking system, the Gatekeeper Electro-optical Ship Security system, and the CAPTAS-2 Passive Variable Depth Sonar.

Furthermore, the C-Guard Decoy launcher and RIGEL Radar-Electronic Support Measures and Radar-Electronic Counter Measures systems have been supplied and integrated into Tacticos.

Thales also delivered and integrated a full armament suite including RAM Surface to Air Missile launcher, Harpoon Surface to Surface missile launcher, 57 mm gun, 12,7 mm machine guns, and Mk38 25 mm Machine Gun with dedicated console.

Through this contract, Thales realized a Transfer of Technology to Mexico by having Navy engineers participating in the engineering and system integration activities, as well as in test activities.

Modular construction

ARM Reformador composes of six modules, only two of which have been built in Flushing, the Netherlands. Thales’s sensors have been installed in various modules built both in Mexico and in the Netherlands, which required a tight coordination between all parties. While the sensors on module V were installed in Flushing, the CAPTAS sonar and the weaponry was shipped and installed directly in Mexico.

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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 06:28 PM


Very nice design and well-equipped.

She also has MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes and an 8-cell MK56 VLS launcher along with Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM), and I believe the Mexicans have ordered the Active Seeker Mk 2 version of ESSM?
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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 07:23 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Very nice design and well-equipped.

She also has MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes and an 8-cell MK56 VLS launcher along with Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM), and I believe the Mexicans have ordered the Active Seeker Mk 2 version of ESSM?


For a moment I thought you were talking about the Iranian ship, and were being sarcastic...




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Surface Navy 2020: Leonardo DRS sees growing USN interest in electric propulsion

Michael Fabey, Washington, DC - Jane's Navy International

15 January 2020

The inclusion of electric propulsion systems in future US Navy (USN) platforms, such as Columbia-class submarine, a guided-missile frigate, and the next large-surface combatant, underscores a growing need for such systems, according to Jamie McMullin, senior director of business development for Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business.

“We’re rapidly moving toward an electrified world,” said McMullin. “Our focus is to get solutions embedded into [the] navy so the fuel savings and stealth benefits can be realised by the operators.

“Ship requirements are more focused on acquisition cost and not performance,” he added.

Long-term relevance and performance is a critical issue for platforms like the Columbia-class ship, whose operations and survival depend on its electric-propulsion stealth attributes.

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[*] posted on 23-1-2020 at 01:08 PM


Finnish Company Patria to deliver ASW sonars to new Pohjanmaa class corvettes

Posted On Wednesday, 22 January 2020 17:26

Finnish Company Patria has been awarded a contract for the design and delivery of new Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Sonars by Saab, the Squadron 2020 Combat System Contractor. This new state-of-the-art ASW product strengthens Patria's product portfolio and improves company's competitiveness and position in the international naval markets. The employment effect of the contract in Finland is approximately 50 man-years.


Pohjanmaa-class multi-role corvette. (Picture source Finnish MoD)

The new lightweight dual-tow Sonac DTS system consists of both an active variable depth sonar and a passive towed thin-line receiving array that can be used together or independently. The system has been designed to meet the demanding acoustic underwater environmental conditions of the Baltic Sea to ensure the best possible performance.

The future collaboration covers also combat system engineering and integration, software development and the underwater sensor domain, including sonars. The contract further enables Patria to contribute to the software development of the 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) for the global market and Saab to contribute to the productization and marketing of Patria's underwater sensor portfolio. The collaboration will also strengthen the domestic defense industry and technology base, as well as improve the security of supply for the Squadron 2020 project.

"We are proud to provide the new Pohjanmaa class corvettes with one of their main sensors representing critical technology from the national security of supply point of view. The development of the Sonac DTS system is based on Patria's over 30-year experience in the design and delivery of underwater acoustic sensor systems", says Jonas Geust, President of Patria's Systems Business Unit.

The Pohjanmaa-class is a multi-role corvette manufactured by Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard that will enter in service with the Finnish navy in 2023. It has been designed to perform anti-surface warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, and mine-laying missions.

The corvettes will be armed with Bofors 57 mm guns, ESSM surface-to-air missiles, Gabriel surface-to-surface missiles, Torped 47 anti-submarine torpedoes, as well as sea mines.
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[*] posted on 14-2-2020 at 09:51 PM


Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering positions Endurance 170 for potential overseas customer

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

14 February 2020


A model of the Endurance 160 on display at Singapore Airshow 2020. ST Engineering Marine has developed a 170 m variant of the product in response to a potential contest overseas. Source: Jane's/Ridzwan Rahmat

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ST Engineering Marine has developed the Endurance 170 is response to a potential contest overseas
The company downplays apparent links that have been made between the product, and Singapore's impending Joint Multi Mission Ship (JMMS) programme

ST Engineering Marine has given further insights into why the company developed a 170 m variant of the Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD).

Speaking to Jane's at Singapore Airshow 2020, a senior representative of the company, who prefers not to be named, clarified that the product was conceived in response to a potential contest overseas.

"The Endurance 170 was developed out of our existing Endurance 160 product, and it was done to meet specifications that were mandated by the prospective customer", said the representative, who declined to reveal any details on the potential buyer.

The representative has also downplayed apparent connections that have been made between the Endurance 170, and Singapore's impending Joint Multi Mission Ship (JMMS) programme.

"There have been no discussions between DSTA [Defence Science and Technology Agency] and ST Engineering on the JMSS project at this point of time, and I am not aware of any plans to do so at the moment", he confirmed.

The Singapore government first announced in 2014 that it would be replacing the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) fleet of four Endurance-class LPDs with an unspecified number of JMMS platforms.

Further announcements in 2019 and early-2020, which confirm Singapore's plan to acquire the short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL)-capable F-35B fighter aircraft, further heightened expectations that the JMMS would be a through-deck platform.

The Endurance 170 has an overall beam of 30.8 m, a draft of 6.6 m, and displaces 19,000 tonnes. The vessel has a top speed of 20 kt, and a range of 7,000 n miles at 15 kt.

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[*] posted on 29-2-2020 at 03:26 PM


FINCANTIERI launches first Qatar's corvette named Al Zubarah

Posted On Friday, 28 February 2020 12:16

The technical launch of corvette "Al Zubarah", the first of the Doha-class ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at Fincantieri's shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia).


Artist impression of Doha-class corvette (Picture source: Fincantieri)

The vessel, which will be delivered in 2021, is designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules. She will be a flexible type of ship capable of fulfilling a range of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capabilities to being a fighting vessel, being about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The unit will be provided with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD) and will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board.

Furthermore, the vessel will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar will be sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.

The Doha-class corvettes will primary serve for air defense missions and therefore will have very substantial firepower for their size. They will be fitted with:

16 Aster 30 Block 1 surface-to-air missiles by MBDA,
8 Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles by MBDA,
a 76mm main gun and 2 Marlins remote weapons stations by Leonardo,
torpedo tubes
a RAM launcher (21 missiles) by Raytheon
4 Sylena Mk2 decoy launchers by Lacroix

The corvette is being built under a larger, EUR 4 billion contract which will see the Italian shipbuilder deliver a total of seven surface vessels, four corvettes, one amphibious vessel (landing platform dock) and two offshore patrol vessels.
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[*] posted on 5-3-2020 at 09:08 AM


Bulgaria selects Lürssen to build two multi-role corvettes

Aleksandar Mladenov, Sofia and Krasimir Grozev, Sofia - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 March 2020

The Bulgarian government has selected German shipbuilder Lürssen over Fincantieri of Italy to build two multi-role corvettes for the country’s navy, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov announced on 27 February during a visit to Varna.

Officially dubbed the ‘multi-functional modular patrol ship’ by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the new-generation corvette has to meet the nation’s requirements for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, air defence, peacetime maritime patrol, and search and rescue missions. The Bulgarian parliament has allocated a BGN820 million (USD463 million) budget for the procurement of two ships.

Karakachanov said follow-on negotiations will be conducted with Lürssen, with the aim of signing a contract by mid-August.

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TKMS, Embraer, Atech awarded contract to build Brazilian Tamandaré frigates

Victor Barreira, Lisbon - Jane's Navy International

06 March 2020


The Brazilian Navy is scheduled to receive four frigates between 2025 and 2028. Source: TKMS

Brazilian state-controlled company Emgepron has awarded a contract to the Águas Azuis consortium comprising Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS), Embraer Defesa & Segurança, and Atech Negócios em Tecnologias to build four Tamandaré-class frigates for the Brazilian Navy.

The main and offset contracts, worth about BRL9.1 billion (USD2 billion), were signed on 5 March at the state-controlled Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) shipyard in Rio de Janeiro.
The contract award marks the official start of ship construction programme. The four frigates - Tamandaré , Jerônimo de Albuquerque , Cunha Moreira , and Mariz e Barros - will be built by Brazilian shipbuilder Estaleiro Oceana in Itajaí, Santa Catarina. Under the contract terms the ships are expected to be commissioned between 2025 and 2028.

Águas Azuis was selected to supply the Brazilian Navy with four Tamandaré-class ships on 28 March 2019, after best-and-final offers were submitted by four consortiums on 8 March.

The frigates, which will be based on TKMS's MEKO A-100 design, are being acquired under the navy's Construction of the Naval Power Core strategic programme. The procurement effort is the Brazilian Navy's second acquisition priority, after the Submarines Development Programme (PROSUB).

The frigate fleet will carry out a wide range of roles, including surveillance, anti-air-, anti-submarine-, and anti-surface warfare, and search-and-rescue missions.

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