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[*] posted on 21-12-2017 at 04:03 PM


Hamina-class Fast Attack Missile Crafts to Be Upgraded and Equipped with a Torpedo Weapon System

(Source: Finland Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 19, 2017)


Finland’s Hamina-class fast attack craft are currently armed with RBS-15 anti-ship missiles, Umkhonto air-defense missiles and a 57mm gun; the upgrade will add a torpedo weapon system. (Finnish Defence Force photo)

The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command received a mandate, on 19.12.2017, from Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö to sign contracts on the upgrade of the Hamina-class fast attack missile crafts (FAC).

The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command received a mandate to sign a contract with Patria Aviation Ltd. which will bear the principle responsibility for the upgrade. As a part of the upgrade, a torpedo weapon system will be procured from Saab Dynamics Ab. The overall value of the upgrade is EUR 223 million. The upgrade process is expected to generate a domestic employment effect of about 300 man-years.

To acquire capabilities in line with the Defence Policy Report is a part of the naval defence development programme; the upgrade of the Hamina-class FAC will ensure sufficient naval defence readiness in the 2020s after the decommissioning of Rauma class FAC and before the Squadron 2020 corvettes have been taken into use.

The goal of the upgrade is to secure the service life of Hamina-class vessels until 2035, extend the independent operating time of vessels and improve anti-submarine warfare and self-protection capabilities. The ship class will be equipped with the Surface Warfare Missile 2020 system, to be chosen in 2018. The surface-to-surface missile batteries and Squadron 2020 corvettes will be equipped with the same type of missile.

The lightweight torpedo weapon system to be purchased has been designed bearing in mind the coastal conditions of the Baltic Sea, rich in islands; it represents the most up-to-date technology for underwater surveillance and warfare. The procurement of the lightweight torpedo system has been coordinated with the similar procurement by the Swedish Försvarets Materielverket (FMV); their system deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2023-2025. A loan agreement on the torpedo systems will be concluded with the FMV for the years 2019-2023.

Defence materiel cooperation is a way to implement the defence administration’s strategic goals regarding security of supply and to deepen Nordic cooperation. A user training which will be carried out by the Swedish Navy and the lending of sub-systems, delivered by the FMV, for practising purposes are included in the agreement; this will ensure that the vessels and personnel will be ready for operational activities without delay when the upgrade of the Hamina-class FAC is completed.

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Indian Coast Guard commissions last of six Samarth-class OPVs

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar - Jane's Navy International

21 December 2017

The last of six Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) was commissioned into service on 21 December 2017.


"Sujay", the sixth Samarth-class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard, entered service on 21 December. (GSL)

Sujay will be based at Paradip on India’s east coast. The other five ships of the class were from late 2015 onwards, under a contract signed in May 2012. According to GSL all six OPVs were delivered earlier than the contracted schedule.

With a length of 105 m, a beam of 13.6 m, and a draft of 3.65 m, the Samarth-class has a standard displacement of around 2,500 tons and a fully loaded displacement of around 3,000 tons. The OPVs are built to dual Indian Register of Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping shipbuilding classification standards.

According to the GSL, over the course of building the six OPVs the shipyard managed to reduce build time from around 70 months to 36 months through a number of process improvements and shipyard infrastructure modernisation. The yard also succeeded in reducing ‘D-448 shipbuilder liabilities’ at the time of delivery – defects requiring reworks under warranty – to minimal levels by pursuing a zero defects policy.

The shipyard is now building five additional 105 m OPVs under a contract signed in August 2016. Broadly similar to the Samarth class, the new OPVs will have some minor structural and hull equipment changes due to a greater indigenous content of 70% (compared with 62% for the Samarth class), according to GSL officials. The target build period for the OPVs has been set at 33 months or less, the shipyard said. “We are hopeful to achieving even better results” one official told Jane’s .

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Philippines commissions two multi-mission vessels for HADR, fishery patrols

Ridzwan Rahmat - Jane's Navy International

26 December 2017


Computer generated image of the Philippine government’s MMOVs Source: Incat Crowther

First in a forecast class of 12 vessels, designed in Australia, and built with some assistance.........

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- The Philippines has bolstered its marine resources protection capabilities with two new 50 m patrol vessels
- Vessels can also be deployed for humanitarian assistance duties in the event of natural calamities

The Philippine government has commissioned two indigenously built 50 m patrol vessels that will be used to improve the country’s humanitarian assistance, and fishery resources protection capabilities.

The platforms, which are referred to in the country as multi-mission offshore vessel (MMOVs), were commissioned on 21 December in a ceremony officiated by President Rodrigo Duterte at Sasa Wharf, Davao City. The vessels have been christened BRP Lapu-Lapu , and BRP Francisco Dagohoy respectively.

The vessels will come under the responsibility of the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR). However Jane’s understands that the platforms will be operated by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and jointly manned by crew from both the PCG and the DA-BFAR.

Lapu-Lapu and Francisco Dagohoy were built by Navotas-based shipbuilder Josefas Slipways, based on a design by multi-national naval architectural firm Incat Crowther. Construction began in January 2016, and the vessels were subsequently launched in August.

The MMOV platform measures 50.5 m in overall length, 9 m in overall breadth, and has a hull draft of 1.95 m. Powered by two Mitsubishi S16R2-T2MPTK marine diesel engines driving two propellers, the platform can attain a top speed of 18 kt, and a cruise speed of 15 kt. Each MMOV can accommodate a crew of 60, and carry up to 55,000 litres of fresh water, and 148,000 litres of fuel.

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[*] posted on 5-1-2018 at 11:28 AM


Saudis reportedly to take FS56 FACs

Jeremy Binnie - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 January 2018


A computer-generated image of CMN’s Combattante FS56 long-range fast attack craft. Source: CMN

Saudi Arabia is set to acquire three Combattante FS56 fast attack craft (FACs) from CMN after paying the deposit on a USD250 million contract, the French newspaper La Tribune reported on 2 January.

The three vessels were originally lined up as part of a USD3 billion Saudi-funded programme to equip the Lebanese Armed Forces with French products. Riyadh announced in February 2016 that it had cancelled the programme because Beirut did not condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

La Tribune cited several corroborating sources as saying a further agreement covering MBDA SIMBAD-RC short-range air defence systems for the FACs had yet to be finalised.

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Patria Signs Contract for Mid-Life Upgrade of Hamina Class Fast Attack Craft

(Source: Patria; issued Jan 04, 2018)


As it waits for the production of its new corvettes under the Squadron 2020 program, the Finnish Navy has awarded Patria, with Saab as the main subcontractor, a contract for the mid-life upgrade of its Hamina-class fast attack missile craft. (FI Navy photo)

Patria has signed an agreement with the Finnish Defence Forces on the mid-life upgrade and overhaul of the Finnish Defence Forces’ Hamina Class fast attack craft.

The procurement is part of the Naval Capability Development Programme, based on which the overhaul of Hamina Class vessels will ensure continued naval defence capabilities in the period between the decommissioning of Rauma Class fast attack craft and the commissioning of Squadron 2020 corvettes during the 2020s.

The total value of the delivery contract, without options, is around 170 million euros (excluding VAT). The estimated employment effect of the programme in Finland will be around 300 person-years.

Patria will act as the prime contractor, designer and lead system integrator having the overall responsibility for the project. The delivery includes a number of sensor, weapon and communication systems, system upgrades, as well as ship technical modifications and overhauls. In addition to extending the lifecycle of the attack craft, their anti-submarine warfare capability is enhanced.

Related to the new capabilities, Patria will equip the Hamina Class craft with its new, innovative ASW Training Target system, which enables flexible and cost-effective anti-submarine warfare training.

As part of the extensive supply chain management effort involved, Patria also signed the most significant subcontracts related to combat management system (CMS), torpedo and sensor systems with Saab AB and ship technical work with Oy Western Shipyard Ltd.

"The Hamina Class mid-life upgrade is a large effort, which has been planned in close cooperation with the Finnish Defence Forces. We have strong expertise and capabilities for leading and implementing challenging and extensive system integration projects as a prime contractor. We were also responsible for the successful Rauma Class fast attack craft mid-life upgrade project,” says Pasi Niinikoski, President of Patria’s Systems Business Unit.

Patria is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services and technology solutions. Besides Finland, the Group has operations in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and South Africa. Patria employs 2,800 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%).

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Saab Selected as Major Supplier for Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme

(Source: Saab; issued Jan 04, 2018)

Defence and security company Saab has been contracted by Patria as one of the major suppliers across the Finnish Navy Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade programme. Patria has the prime role for the total programme, which includes refurbishment and upgrade of four Hamina-class fast attack crafts. Saab’s order value amounts to approximately SEK 960 million with deliveries starting from 2018.

Saab will supply the 9LV Combat Management System (CMS), the 9LV Fire Control System (FCS) including the Ceros 200 fire control director and the Trackfire Remote Weapon Station (RWS). Patria has also selected Saab’s TactiCall integrated communications system. A contract for TactiCall will be signed separately slightly later.

Saab will also, as part of the Squadron 2000 MLU programme, supply its new lightweight torpedo to the Finnish Navy. Saab's new lightweight torpedo, which the Royal Swedish Navy has also previously ordered, is a flexible, advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) solution for littoral conditions. As a flexible system, it can be launched from surface ships, aircraft and submarines in anti-submarine and anti-surface roles. It works equally well in both littoral and blue waters and in cold, warm and brackish conditions.

“Saab has been a supplier of cutting-edge naval systems to the Finnish Navy for many decades. We have yet again demonstrated that our solutions and expertise meet the requirements of the Finnish Navy and we look forward to further strengthening our cooperation with the Finnish Navy and defence industry,” says Anders Gardberg, Director of Saab’s country unit Finland.

The 9LV CMS is used as command and control centre for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean. Ceros 200 is a radar and optronic tracking fire control director designed for use on naval ships.

“9LV’s open-architecture design allows seamless integration of Saab’s solutions as well as third-party sensors, weapons and systems. We will provide the Hamina-class vessels with a world-class naval system, further strengthening the Finnish Navy’s operational capability,” says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.

Trackfire RWS provides the hit performance required to engage threats effectively under all conditions. Saab’s integrated communications system TactiCall interconnects communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency or hardware.

All of the Finnish Navy’s current vessels feature at least one system from Saab, with the majority operating several systems.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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Saab Signs Contract for Deliveries of New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy

(Source: Saab; issued Jan 04, 2018)

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract for production and deliveries of Saab’s New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy. The contract signed is part of the Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU) of the Finnish Navy’s four Hamina fast attack crafts (FAC) as described in separate Saab press release.

Saab has been selected as a major supplier for the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade programme. The Squadron 2000 upgrade will ensure and develop the mission capability of the Finnish Navy. Included in the contract are Saab´s New Lightweight Torpedo, torpedo systems, documentation, training and support. Deliveries will commence in 2018.

System integration of the torpedoes on the Hamina-class vessels will be carried out together with Patria as the prime contractor in Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade.

“We are honoured that the Finnish Navy has selected Saab as the supplier of this new capability for the Finnish Defence Forces. Saab’s new torpedo has been developed to master the challenging conditions in littoral waters as well as blue waters. With Sweden also having ordered the same system there will be further opportunities for deeper cooperation between the two navies in the anti-submarine domain in the future”, says Anders Gardberg, Director of Saab’s Country Unit Finland.

“This first export order on our new torpedo is a milestone for us and our underwater business. With this order, the Finnish Navy will have the most sophisticated torpedo system available on the market. The torpedo’s wire control system enables operator support, allowing commanders to engage targets in close vicinity of friendly units as well as in narrow spaces. The new torpedo system will give the Finnish Defence Forces a whole new strength”, says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s Business Area Dynamics.

With this contract, Finland becomes Saab’s second customer on the New Lightweight Torpedo system. In May 2016, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) placed an order for the development and production of the New Lightweight Torpedo system for the Royal Swedish Navy. With Finland and Sweden operating the same torpedo system, training and logistics will be efficient.

Saab's Lightweight Torpedo System is a flexible, advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) solution for littoral conditions. This makes it the ideal solution for littorals and resistant to a variety of countermeasures. As a flexible system, it can be launched from surface ships, aircraft and submarines in anti-submarine and anti-surface roles. It works equally well in both littoral and blue waters and in cold, warm and brackish conditions.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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Typical Gulf vessel, overarmed, with buggar all freeboard, range and habitability.

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Saudis reportedly to take FS56 FACs

Jeremy Binnie - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 January 2018


A computer-generated image of CMN’s Combattante FS56 long-range fast attack craft. Source: CMN




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Very noticeable when compared to the Finnish HAMINA class above..............
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Cyprus boosts maritime capabilities with first offshore patrol vessel

Igor Bozinovski - Jane's Navy International

16 January 2018

The Cyprus Navy commissioned its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61), into service during a ceremony held at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari on 15 January.


<I>Commodore Andreas Ioannides</I> (P61) entered service on 15 January and represents the Cyprus Navy's most advanced capability. (Cyprus MoD)

Commodore Andreas Ioannides was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd in Haifa Bay, Israel, under a EUR44 million contract signed between the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel in December 2015. The contract includes an option for an additional vessel.

Based on the Israeli Hetz (Saar 4.5)-class fast attack missile craft, the OPV displaces 430 tons and has a top speed of 32 kt. It can carry a crew complement of 30 in addition to a special forces unit.

The vessel features two Rafael Typhoon 23 mm stabilised weapon stations integrated with a pair of Rafael TopLite electro-optical systems. It is equipped with an advanced radar and modern navigation, command and control and satellite communications systems, and can carry two rigid inflatable boats.

Commodore Andreas Ioannides has reportedly been fitted for future arming with the Rafael Typhoon MLS-NLOS medium-range naval missile system configured with eight Spike-NLOS missile launchers. Once armed, it will be first missile boat to serve with the maritime forces of Cyprus.

The OPV will significantly improve the Cyprus Navy’s capacity to protect the island nation’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), where the discovery of natural gas has prompted Turkey to dispute some of those waters.

In addition to the latest naval acquisition, on 14 February 2017 Cyprus commissioned into service its first open sea vessel from the Omani navy.

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India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

18 January 2018

India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme.

The platform, which will be known as the next generation offshore patrol vessel (NGOPV), will also be used by the Indian Navy (IN) for military operations other than war (MOOTW) such as search-and-rescue (SAR) missions, non-combatant evacuations, and anti-poaching patrols.

According to technical specification issued with the RFI, the NGOPV should displace about 2,500 tonnes, and feature accommodation for approximately 130 sailors and 20 officers, including four female officers.

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Marsun launches five M21-class patrol boats for Royal Thai Navy

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

19 February 2018



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- Thailand has launched another five M21-class patrol boats
- Vessels are expected to be deployed with the Royal Thai Navy’s coastguard squadron once commissioned

Thailand shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

The vessels, which bear pennant numbers from 265 through to 269 respectively, were launched on 15 February at Marsun’s facilities in the country’s Samut Prakan province, according to information released by the RTN on the same day.

The aluminum-hulled M21 class has an overall length of 21.4 m, an overall beam of 5.56 m, and a hull draught of 1.05 m. The platform is installed with storage tanks that can carry 4,000 litres of fuel and 1,200 litres of water, and can accommodate a crew of nine.

The vessel is powered by two MAN diesel engines driving two fixed pitch propellers, and can attain top speeds of more than 30 kt, and a range of more than 350 n miles (648 km) at economical speed. Shipboard electricity, rated at 220V AC 50 Hz, is provided by two 32kWe 220V generator sets.

The M21 class can be equipped with a manned 20 mm cannon in the primary position, and one 12.7 mm machine gun with a co-axial 81 mm grenade launcher in the aft section. Two 150-round ammunition storage boxes are installed ahead of the vessel’s superstructure to facilitate faster reloading of the 20 mm cannon.

M21 patrol boats already in service with the RTN have been armed with a Denel GI-2 20 mm gun as a primary weapon, but a Marsun official Jane’s spoke to on 20 February was not able to confirm if latter boats will be similarly equipped.

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The Hamina Class Creates Everything Except Its Leather

(Source: Finnish MoD Ruotuväki magazine; posted Feb 22, 2018)

(Posted in Finnish; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


The first Hamina-class first vessel, Tornio, has been undergoing refurbishment and upgrade at the Western Shipyard in Salo for several months. All four ships will complete the upgrade process by 2021. (Finland MoD photo)

Hamina class vessels are undergoing their €220 million mid-life upgrade cycle, will allow the Finnish Navy to deploy completely new weapons and torpedoes. However, this is not the only improvement - conscripts will receive power sockets, for example, to make their mobile phone more comfortable to download, for example.

The Hamina-class Tornio vessel looks like a coyote at Teijo Shipyard in Salo. The ship is standing on the spot for the second month. The surface paint has been sand-blasted away, and so the surrounding snow drifts are covered with sand dust.

"We're making the ship like a blank billboard, everything except the sea-frame goes into exchange," says the chief of the upgrade project, commanding officer Markus Mildh.

Mildh's statement is even more appropriate inside the vessel. It smells of paint, and a circular sound hits the ears. The furniture has been largely removed, and there is only a massive row of hanging wires on the bridge.

Weapon systems will be completely renewed: there is a brand-new light torpedo and a new weapon will be to select in the surface missile 2020 project. The manually-operated heavy machine guns are replaced by a remote-control weapon system.

The new facilities make the ship somewhat more cramped than before. More versatile hardware is promising, on the one hand, as today's computers take up less space. In the design, for example, electronic 3D modeling software was used.

“Accommodation facilities remain the most unchanged. Now, for all the conscripts, there is a cabinet in the hallway, in addition to the walls of the cabins there are power sockets and a washing machine that in the shower room,” says the Chief of Construction Inspectorate, Lieutenant Colonel Malik Abdeen.

At sea, the ship is manned by twenty regular crew members and 6-8 conscripts at a time. Others may also live on board at times when they are in a port. Comfort will be enhanced by enabling TV and Internet connections on board, but will only be used under operational security conditions.

The new armament is a remarkable improvement to naval capability. Torpedoes multiply the range of submarine protection, so vital maritime connections can be better protected. The selected torpedo is the Swedish brand-new Saab Torpedo 47, which is currently being supplied to the Swedish Navy. The Swedish navy trains to use torpedoes to Finland, and at that stage also borrows missiles.

“Co-operation with Sweden has a significant role to play, and the more we cooperate on material, the more fruitful it is. However, we competed with all potential suppliers, , we mapped the pros and cons, and the best won,” Abdeen said.

One of the reasons for choosing the Saab system is that it was designed for the unique, varied and low surface contours of the Baltic Sea.

On the surface, impacts will be improved by the combat management system that will soon be selected in the IPP 2020 project. It replaces the current Marine Control 85 system, and will significantly increase its performance. The missiles will be more versatile, for example, they will be able to affect not only naval targets but also those ob land.

The protection of the neighboring area has been based on formerly machine-controlled machine guns, which means that one operator per weapon is required. The new remote-control system monitors the target and automatically determines the firing parameters, and shows on the screen the information produced by the other sensors as well. The weather, the amount of light and the skill of the shooter will no longer affect the result, while only one operator is needed to fight, instead of the previous one operator and two shooters.

The sensor system is being upgraded, so ships are able to produce better objective information more independently. The submerged snapshot, however, diversifies the new echoes.

The ships arrived in the Navy at the beginning of the 21st century, and now a mid-term upgrade is in progress so they will remain effective until 2035. The class consists of four ships called Hamina, Tornio, Hanko and Pori; Tornio is the first to upgrade. The last vessel is scheduled to be upgraded in 2021.

“We will not take a stand on what happens to ships after the 2030s. Over the next fifteen years, we will ensure that the hull, machinery and systems are in place. Then, we look at how the whips can be used,” Mildh says.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the total price of renovation is approximately EUR 223 million, and some 300 people are employed on the project.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The upgrade will also add Harpoon Block II+ surface-launched anti-ship missiles, according to a Feb. 05 Congressional notification by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency.)

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South Africa orders patrol boats from Damen

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 February 2018


An artist’s impression of the Stan Patrol 6211 inshore patrol vessel ordered for the South African Navy. Source: Damen Shipyards Group

The South African defence procurement organisation Armscor has ordered three 62 m inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) from Damen Shipyards Cape Town, it was announced on 26 February.

The Damen Shipyards Group did not say when its South African subsidiary would deliver the vessels, but noted that they would have the Sea Axe hull design and released a computer-generated image of a Stan Patrol 6211 sailing off Cape Town.

Damen said the Sea Axe hull improves seakeeping performance and fuel efficiency. It lists the Stan Patrol 6211 as having a maximum speed of 26.5 kt, a range of 4,000 n miles, and a crew of up to 62.

The IPVs were ordered for the South African Navy as part of Project Biro, which saw Armscor releasing requests for proposals (RFPs) for three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and three IPVs in December 2014.

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DIMDEX 2018: Fincantieri Unveils Qatari Navy OPV Design

Posted On Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:50

Some people have strange ideas about what an OPV should look like.........! :no:

At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Qatar, Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri is showcasing for the first time the design of the Offshore Patrol Vessel ordered by the Qatari Navy.


The future OPV of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces. Fincantieri image.

Qatar confirmed in August 2017 its order for seven vessels from Fincantieri following the signing of a preliminary contract in June 2016. The deal consists in four air defence corvettes of over 100 meters in length, one amphibious vessel (LPD - Landing Platform Dock acting as mobile radar station for the corvettes), and two patrol vessels (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel).


The future OPV on the Qatari Emiri Navy stand at DIMDEX 2018.

The OPV design selected by the Qatari Navy has a length of 63 meters, a maximum breadth of 9.20 meters, a draft of 2.60 meters for a full load displacement of 670 tons.

Its maximum speed is set to be 30 knots, its range 1500 nautical miles (at 15 knots). The propulsion system consists in 4x diesel engines, 4 shafts and 4 fixed pitched propellers. It will have an endurance of 7 days at sea.

The crew complement will be 38 sailors.


These OPVs will be quite heavily armed.

In terms of weapon systems, the OPVs will actually be closer to FACM (Fast Attack Craft Missile) or even light corvettes: The OPVs will be fitted with a 76mm main gun by Leonardo, 8x VLS cells for VL MICA surface to air missiles (by MBDA), two Marlins 30mm remote weapon stations (Leonardo), 4x Exocet MM40 Block III (MBDA) anti-ship missiles.

Leonardo is responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system (Athena), main radar system (Kronos) and on-board sensors and defence sub-systems, including the fire control system.

Two Sylena Mk2 decoy launchers by Lacroix will protect the vessels against anti-ship missile threats.


Its maximum speed is set to be 30 knots, its range 1500 nautical miles (at 15 knots). The propulsion system consists in 4x diesel engines, 4 shafts and 4 fixed pitched propellers. It will have an endurance of 7 days at sea.

These OPVs will be delivered in the same timeframe as the Corvettes also ordered by Qatar (First steel cutting is set to take place in June 2018 while delivery of first of class vessel is expected in 2021).

The contract also includes support services in Qatar for 15 years (10 for the corvettes and 5 for the OPVs and LPD) after the delivery of the vessels. All the units will be entirely built in Fincantieri Italian shipyards starting from 2018, ensuring 6 years of work and an important impact on the main Italian defense companies.

Fincantieri and the Qatari Navy are also showcasing for the first time the designs of the Corvette and LPD.
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DIMDEX 2018: Fincantieri Unveils Qatari Navy OPV Design

Posted On Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:50

Some people have strange ideas about what an OPV should look like.........! :no:

At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Qatar, Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri is showcasing for the first time the design of the Offshore Patrol Vessel ordered by the Qatari Navy.


The future OPV of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces. Fincantieri image.


It certainly doesn't look very coastguard! :no:
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Kalashnikov begins construction of BK-16 Fast Assault Craft

Posted On Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:44

The Kalashnikov Concern launched the production of BK-16 landing speedboats for the Russian Guard at its shipyard in Rybinsk, the company said.


BK-16 is designed to operate in coastal waters, transport personnel, land seaborne assault on unequipped coast and provide fire support

"The Rybinskaya verf held a gala ceremony to lay BK-16 landing speedboat for the Russian Guard," it said.

Shipyard CEO Sergey Antonov said BK-16 is one of the best recently designed domestic boats of the class. It is distinguished by high speed, a big landing compartment, and a possibility to beach for landing.

"According to customer requirements, we can supply various boat options for specific missions," he said.

Russian Guard deputy chief Sergey Mileiko said the force plans to receive several boats by the end of the year.

The Russian Guard and the shipyard in Rybinsk agreed cooperation prospects in the supply of BK-16 landing boats and talks are underway on new contracts.

BK-16 is designed to operate in coastal waters, transport personnel, land seaborne assault on unequipped coast and provide fire support to it, arrange medical evacuation, assist people in distress, and fight sea piracy and terrorism.


The keel laying ceremony. Kalashnikov picture.

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[*] posted on 26-3-2018 at 09:52 PM


Indonesia launches seventh PC-40 class vessel

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

26 March 2018

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has launched the country’s seventh PC-40 class patrol vessel.

The 248-tonne platform, which will be known In service as KRI Albakora with pennant number 867 once it is commissioned, was launched on 26 March at the shipbuilder’s facilities at Banten in West Java.

The PC-40 class is a lighter armed variant of the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut’s, or TNI-AL’s) KCR-40 class missile attack craft.

Each vessel has been built with weight considerations for a 30 mm calibre naval gun in the primary position, and two 12.7 mm machine guns in the aft section.

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Tunisian Navy receives first of its new Damen MSOPV 1400 offshore patrol vessels

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar, Alameda - Jane's Navy International

06 April 2018



The Tunisian Navy has received the first of four new Damen-built Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a SeaAxe hullform.

The lead vessel, Jugurtha , departed its shipyard at Galati in Romania in early March and arrived at the main Tunisian naval base of Bizerte on 9 March, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.

Although Damen has refused to comment on this project, citing customer confidentiality, it is understood that Damen is building these ships in pairs. Steel-cutting for the lead pair of vessels – Jugurtha and Syphax – started on 13 December 2016.

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India commissions first new Vikram-class OPV

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

10 April 2018


ICGS Vikram, seen here during its sea trials. Source: Larsen & Toubro

Key Points

- The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its first 97 m Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel
- Platform validates the capabilities of Indian private shipyards to deliver on more complex Mil-Spec platform projects

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its first new Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).

The platform, which has been named ICGS Vikram with pennant number 33, was officially inducted on 11 April in a ceremony officiated by Indian Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre. Vikram is part of an INR14320 million (USD220 million) contract awarded to Larsen & Toubro in March 2015 for seven vessels.

The OPV was launched in October 2017 at Larsen & Toubro’s Kattupali shipyard, while a second ship in the programme was lowered into the water in January 2018. Vikram inherits the name and hull number of the first ship in a class of nine that was in service with the ICG since 1983 and began retiring in 2012. The service currently operates a single ship, ICGS Vigraha (39), in this older class of vessels.

The new Vikram class has an overall length of 97 m, an overall beam of 15 m, and a hull draught of 3.6 m. The platform has a top speed of 26 kt, and a standard range of 5000 n miles at 12 kt. The ship’s construction design and construction processes have undergone dual certifications from the American Bureau of Shipping and Indian Registrar of Shipping.

The vessel can accommodate a helicopter, such as the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv, on its flight deck to augment its search-and-rescue (SAR), and maritime patrol capabilities. The ship can also carry two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), on davits that are located on the port and starboard, for maritime interdiction operations.

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DSA 2018: Boustead Unveils NGPV Batch II Proposal for Malaysia

Posted On Monday, 16 April 2018 16:52

At DSA 2018, the tri-service defence exhibition currently held in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, local company Boustead Naval Shipyard unveiled an New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) Batch II design proposal.


Boustead Naval Shipyard unveiled an New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) Batch II design proposal.

Boustead is proposing this new design to the Royal Malaysian Navy as a more affordable variant of the existing patrol vessels (Kedah-lass) but "featuring a more stealthy design" according to a company representative.

The design features the same hull form as the MEKO 100 but with a new structure entirely made by Boustead. The Batch II is set to feature a scaled down combat management system (CMS) with just 2 to 3 consoles.

Boustead Naval Shipyard unveiled an New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) Batch II design proposal.

Boustead Naval Shipyard is proposing to build six of these new patrol vessels in its Lumut shipyard.

"Our goal is to propose as much local content as possible" a Boustead representative explained.



A Boustead brochure shows the NGPV Batch II fitted with a 76mm main gun by Leonardo and a Thales NS100 radar while the scale model on display at DSA 2018 shows a BAE Systems Bofors 57mm main gun and a TRS-3D radar.

Again, the Batch II shares the hull form with the Kedah-class: length overall of 91.10 meters, beam of 12.85 meters, draught of 3.40 meters for a displacement of about 1850 tons.
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DSA 2018: FSD Unveils its Combat Boat for Special Forces

Posted On Monday, 16 April 2018 15:45

At DSA 2018, the tri-service defence exhibition currently held in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, Italian shipyard Ferretti Security and Defence is showcasing for the first time the design of its FSD150 Combat Boat Mk. 1.


Ferretti Security and Defence is showcasing for the first time the design of its FSD150 Combat Boat Mk. 1.

Talking to Navy Recognition at the show, an FSD representative explained that this combat boat is currently being offered to the famous "San Marco" Marine Brigade (Brigata marina "San Marco"). It is an amphibious formation of the Italian Navy established on 1 March 2013, reorganizing the Navy Landing Force.

There is an ongoing requirement for two combat boats for the future LHD of the Italian Navy. The LHD will be built by Fincantieri as part of the "Naval Law" (Legge Navale). We understand that FSD is competing against one other Italian shipyard. FSD started work (studies) on this project one year ago.


FSD new combat boat design

The combat boat has a length overall of 16.30 meters, a maximum beam of 4.20 m for a full load displacement of 22 tons. The FSD150 combat boat Mk. 1 has a maximum speed of 40 knots and a range of 320 nautical miles (at cruising speed).

The vessel has a crew of 3 and can accommodate 20 special forces soldiers (plus 2 commanders). It is fitted with a Leonardo Hitrole 12.7mm remote weapon station (RWS), two Rheinmetall ROSY decoy launchers, and a fully armored pilothouse and troops compartments (armor provided by Rheinmetall). The combat management system is the SeaGuardian by ASTIM.

A 4.70 meters RHIB can be easily launched and recovered thanks to a stern ramp.


The FSD150 Combat Boat Mk. 1

The company representative stressed that the two main qualities of the design are:

- A specifically designed surface drive propulsion system which allows for beaching operations (thanks to trimable propeller shafts). This has already been tested and proven by FSD.
- The use of a hybdrid carbon / glass fiber hull which offers twice the strength compared to aluminum hulls.
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DSA 2018: South Africa's MILKOR Unveils MN Centurion Interceptor

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:45

At DSA 2018, the tri-service defence exhibition currently held in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, South African company MILKOR unveiled its MN Centurion high-speed interceptor craft.


Milkor high-speed interceptor craft

The Milkor high-speed interceptor craft is a 12m stepped hull, hydrofoil-assisted catamaran design with lightweight composite structure and a reduced radar signature. Designed and configured for multi-role operations, it is ideally suited for long endurance missions. The command and control bridge is shock-mitigated, ballistic-protected and airconditioned able to house the crew in safety and comfort. The high-speed interceptor craft houses an array of surveillance equipment, communications equipment and weapons giving it a full spectrum of capabilities for any inshore or offshore operation. Milkor designs, manufactures and offers after sales service for Naval and Commercial requirements.

The high-speed interceptor craft with its hydrofoil-assisted stepped hull design is able to achieve a high interception speed whilst retaining stability and control. This design also enables a high lift to drag ratio at top speed increasing fuel efficiency and endurance.

The command and control bridge houses world class communications and surveillance equipment, along with its reduced radar signature hull, giving this craft the advantage for surveillance patrol, counter-piracy, and asset protection missions. It remains the heart of this craft providing the comfort of an airconditioned shock-mitigated cabin for rough conditions.

With ballistic protection and armoured glass, the crew is able to remain secure under threat allowing full attentiveness to the mission.


The company plans to showcase the first prototype during AAD defense exhibition in South Africa in September 2018.

The vessel has a length of 12 meters, a beam of 4;8 meters and a displacement of 10 tons. It can reach a top speed of 54 knots. It is fitted with a 40mm AGL by ST Kinetics (under a stealth cupola) at the bow and a secondary 20mm RWS. The vessel can also be configured to operate as an Unmanned Surface Vehicle.

The company plans to showcase the first prototype during AAD defense exhibition in South Africa in September 2018.

Milkor is a South African defence company which was established in 1981 as an original designer and manufacturer of the hand held 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher weapon systems. Over the past 36 years, Milkor has supplied in excess of 60,000 weapons to more than 60 countries worldwide to military and law enforcement ranging for lethal to less-lethal.
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Israel Shipyards ships first two Shaldag-class FPB for Argentina

Gabriel Porfilio, Orlando, FL - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 April 2018



The first two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats for the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentina Coast Guard) have been shipped from Israel.

The boats are the first of four such vessels purchased under a USD49 million contract signed at the end of 2016.

These fast and relatively heavily armed vessels will be used to patrol the riverine regions near the borders with Paraguay and Brazil and to fight drug and merchandise smuggling and human trafficking.

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The Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA), part of the Security Ministry, has recently received an influx of funds to procure new equipment including helicopters, fast patrol boats, and better individual equipment.

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DSA 2018: BHIC Shows Two New Conceptual Ship Designs


The conceptual Revolutionary Littoral Mission Ship (RLMS) design is Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation’s (BHIC) proposal for the follow-on to the four Littoral Mission Ships to be built by BHIC and China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC) and is BHIC’s own design based on discussions with the RMN as to the operational and mission requirements for follow-on LMSs after the first batch of four. (Photo: Dzirhan Mahadzir)

At DSA 2018, held 16-19 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation (BHIC) shows two new conceptual ship designs models, the second batch New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) and the Revolutionary Littoral Mission Ship. A company official briefed MONCh on both the designs. Both ships are targeted for meeting the goals set out in the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) 15 to 5 transformation plan, which seeks to reduce the number of ship classes operated from the current total of 15 to just five classes of ships, namely the MAHARAJA LELA-class Littoral Combat Ship, the KEDAH-class NGPVs, the Littoral Mission Ship, the Multi-Role Support Ship and Submarines.

Six KEDAH-class NGPVs based on the MEKO 100 design were built by Boustead and entered service with the RMN starting in 2006, the RMN’s 15 to 5 plan calls for another 12 ships of this class though it has long been assumed that these additional 12 ships would be more heavily armed with anti-surface and anti-air missiles which were fitted out for installation on the KEDAH-class but never installed in the end owing to budget considerations.

However, the BHIC official stated that the RMN has actually decided that the 12 additional ships would not need such armaments given their planned roles would be EEZ and maritime enforcement patrol rather than being a front line combatant. Part of the decision stems in regard to cost considerations and the need to obtain more hulls for the RMN to enable it to cope with its peacetime tasks of patrolling Malaysia’s waters and preventing illegal fishing, piracy and seaborne cross border raids from armed groups in the Philippines. Opting for a lesser armed ship puts the second batch NGPV coming in at a projected price of less than RM500 million (U$128 million) a ship. The second batch NGPV will continue to use the MEKO 100 hull which BHIC has an IP license for but the ship’s superstructure will be modified to provide a lower radar cross section profile.

Meantime, the conceptual Revolutionary Littoral Mission Ship (RLMS) design is BHICs proposal for the follow-on to the four Littoral Mission Ships to be built by BHIC and China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC) and is BHIC’s own design based on discussions with the RMN as to the operational and mission requirements for follow-on LMSs after the first batch of four.

The BHIC official would only state that using BHIC’s own design would better meet Malaysia’s goal of developing a self-sufficient defence industry capable of making its own indigenous products when queried as to why the follow on ships will not use the CSOC design. Under the 15 to 5 plans, a total of 18 LMS are projected for the RMN fleet though only the first four have been funded and contracted for.

The RLMS will incorporate a flight deck capable of light to medium helicopters unlike the first batch of LMS which does not have a flight deck. Owing to the flight deck, the RMLS will also have a length of slightly above 70m in contrast of the first LMS batch whose length is 68 metres. Armament will be in the light category of a 40mm or less main gun based on the RMN’s preference.


Second batch New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) by Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation (BHIC). (Photo: Dzirhan Mahadzir)

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Damen begins work on first of two OPVs for Pakistan Navy

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 April 2018


A computer-generated image of the OPVs being built by Damen Shipyards for the Pakistan Navy. Source: Pakistan Navy

Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has begun work on the first of two 1,900 tonne multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

An article published in the April issue of the PN’s Navy News magazine revealed that a steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship was held at Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania, where the second ship will also be built.

Images have also emerged of a keel-laying ceremony recently held at the same yard showing that the vessel class is being designated the OPV 1900. The ceremony was attended by PN Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Projects), Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad.

The contract for the OPVs was signed in June 2017.
The 90 m-long vessels will have a full-load displacement of about 1,900 tonnes, and a top speed of 22 kt. The OPVs have been described by the PN as “state-of-the-art vessels” especially suited for anti-surface, anti-air, and maritime security operations.

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Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

30 May 2018

Key Points

- Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative
- First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018


The first Pacific Patrol Boat, seen here on the day of its launch on 29 May 2018. (Austal)

Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat programme.

The vessel, which bears the name Ted Diro with pennant number 401, was launched on 29 May at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, Western Australia. It is the first of 21 boats that will be gifted to 12 Pacific Island nations as part of Australia’s security assistance to countries in the region.

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