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[*] posted on 6-6-2018 at 09:03 PM


Sovereign Global to Add 5 New High-Tech OPVs to its Portfolio

Posted On Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:10

Sovereign Global has developed an efficient and innovative maritime security solution providing Governments, NGO’s and multi-national corporations with an owned or chartered fleet of highly versatile, hybrid fuel and cost-efficient Offshore Patrol and COMINT Vessels, complete with crew and maintenance teams to cover the whole spectrum of offshore patrol tasks and intelligence gathering.


The OPV55 series are equipped with Next Generation Recognised Maritime Picture (NG-RMP), fast response interdiction vessels, Subsea Security Sonars, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) devices, live satellite imagery, Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) and MARPOL oil spill response equipment.

The OPV55 series are equipped with Next Generation Recognised Maritime Picture (NG-RMP), fast response interdiction vessels, Subsea Security Sonars, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) devices, live satellite imagery, Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) and MARPOL oil spill response equipment.

Flexible mission modules and modular manning quarters make customized mission configurations possible allowing the vessel to operate for different (government) departments and institutions.

All Sovereign Global OPV Solutions feature low-freeboard recesses on either side to facilitate secondary tasks such as humanitarian assistance, diving operations and boarding team transfers.

The OPV is 55 meters in length and made from high-tensile steel with a proven track record of low maintenance and through life costs.

A diesel-electric propulsion plant delivers an interception speed of 21 knots and provides a fuel efficiency of only 100 litres per hour at 11 knots patrol speed, bringing her operational costs down to one of the lowest in the industry available today.

Equipped with a DP-1 position system, it is capable of facilitating missions such as Optical Reconnaissance, Drone / UAS launch and recovery, and the launch and recovery of the onboard fast response interdiction RIBs. For COMINT operations, an extended mast is added to carry the payloads for Iridium SATCOM Interception Monitoring and RADAR systems.

With a minimum capability of 30 continuous station keeping days at sea with 36 crew and embarked specialists, Sovereign Global has created an effective, cost-efficient and available answer to the growing challenges involved in maritime security, safety and sovereignty.

Sovereign Global has a unique track record providing total domain awareness systems in Europe and Africa for United Nations peacekeeping missions, providing assistance to sea lane freedom of movement maritime patrol programmes, including the monitoring of Exclusive Economic Zones against terrorism, IUU fishing, drugs trafficking and illegal transshipments.
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[*] posted on 6-6-2018 at 09:07 PM


OSI Signs Contract with Damen to Provide INTS to the South African Navy MMIPV Program

Posted On Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:34

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) in support of the Project BIRO three-ship Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV) program for the South African Navy (SAN).


The systems will be fitted on the three patrol vessels that are being built by DSCT.

Under the terms of the contract, OSI will supply and install its Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS), Tactical Asset Control & Tracking (T-ACT) System, and Integrated Mission Management System.

The systems will be fitted on the three patrol vessels that are being built by DSCT.

“We are pleased to be working with Damen and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important project,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO.

The systems provided by OSI will be integrated with SAN specific sensors and data link, offering an unparalleled blue-force tactical advantage allowing the Command to build, manage and participate in a Recognised Maritime Picture.

SAN’s Project BIRO aim is to develop South Africa’s maritime security, ensuring that the country has the capability to respond effectively, rapidly and cost-efficiently to maritime threats including illegal trafficking and fishing.

Mr. Kirkpatrick continued, “This has been a successful engagement between government and private enterprise and we are proud to be working with Damen and the South African government."
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[*] posted on 16-6-2018 at 02:34 PM


Eurosatory 2018: Streit Group unveil Triton-G810 armoured boat

Oscar Widlund, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

15 June 2018

The Streit Group unveiled the Triton-G810 armoured boat at Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition in Paris.


The Triton-G810 on display at Eurosatory (IHS Markit/Oscar Widlund)

The boat is 8.1 m long, has a beam of 2.32 m, a draught of 0.85 m, and can accommodate up to 10 people. It is powered by two outboard engines; the 250 hp unit gives a maximum speed of 80 km/h; the 350 hp unit gives up to 100 km/h, according to Streit.

The hull is made of high density polyethylene, while the cabin is armoured and has six gun ports in the sides and a hatch in the roof.
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[*] posted on 28-6-2018 at 09:20 AM


Argentina orders OPVs from France

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

27 June 2018

Argentina signed a EUR280 million (USD324 million) contract on 22 June to acquire four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from France, an Argentine Navy high-ranking source has told Jane’s .

The contract signed by the Navy Material General Directorate (DGMM) and French shipbuilder Naval Group is in accordance with a government-to-government agreement resulting from an international tender, the source said.

The contract includes the ship FS L'Adroit (P725), which was self-funded by Naval Group and has been serving with the French Navy since 2011. Delivery of the ship to Argentina is planned for 2019. Three OPV-87 vessels, which are 87 m long and displace 1,650 tons, are also part of the deal, with two to be delivered in 2021 and one in 2022.

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[*] posted on 28-6-2018 at 07:02 PM


Mexican Navy and Damen Cooperating on Most Technologically Advanced Naval Ship in Latin America

(Source: Damen Shipyards Group; issued June 26, 2018)


Three of the six modular sections of the POLA long-range offshore patrol vessel, two of which are built by Damen, are already in drydock at Mexico’s Salinas Cruz shipyard, where they will be assembled in time for the ship’s launch in November. (Damen photo)

Damen Shipyards Group and the Mexican Navy, via the Directorate General of Shipbuilding, are currently working together to build the Long-Range Ocean Patrol (POLA, from its initials in Spanish), the most technologically advanced vessel in Latin America. With this, the Mexican Navy will join the long list of navies around the world that have Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding vessels in their fleets.

POLA will be the Mexican version of the Damen SIGMA 10514, a proven design that has booked successful results internationally. POLA will be 107 metres in length, with a beam of 14 metres. It will be able to sail at speeds of up to 25+ knots and a capacity of more than 20 days at sea.

A Damen representative said, “This vessel will be capable of carrying out various missions such as safeguarding Mexican sovereignty, international security cooperation, long range search and rescue operations and humanitarian aid. POLA will allow the Mexican state to increase its surveillance coverage and the protection of Mexican maritime interests beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Damen, with its global experience in the construction of complex vessels, is transferring knowledge to the Mexican shipbuilding industry through this project. This is a process that Damen undertakes regularly via the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC). This project, however, takes the DTC concept to the next level. Damen and the Mexican Navy took the decision to build two of the six modular sections of the vessel at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

The remaining four modules will be built locally in Mexico. The construction of these modules, along with the integration, will be carried out at a yard that cooperates on this with Damen. “In this way, for the most part,” the Damen representative stated, “the vessel will be built for Mexico, in Mexico, by Mexicans.”

During the construction of the modules in Europe, a Mexican team is based in the Netherlands to supervise the process and to receive knowledge transfer. At the same time, Damen is benefitting from the transfer of region-specific expertise from the Mexican delegation.

The first of the Dutch modules has already arrived in Mexico, where it is being integrated by Mexican personnel with two of those already built in Salina Cruz. Just fifteen months following the inking of the contract, the hull is already complete in drydock. It will now be prepared to receive the other three superstructure modules.

The flagging ceremony of the POLA is planned for November 2018. After this, a full integrated process of setting to work, commissioning, training, tests and trials will continue in 2019.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.

Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality. Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

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[*] posted on 5-7-2018 at 08:04 PM


India lays keel for fifth, sixth Vikram-class OPV

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

04 July 2018


The keel-laying ceremony of the Indian Coast Guard's fifth and sixth Vikram-class OPV. Source: Larsen & Toubro

Key Points

- Keels for the Indian Coast Guard’s fifth and sixth new Vikram-class vessels have been laid down
- Programme is running ahead of schedule, and service is on track to operate the entire class by 2021

Indian shipbuilding and engineering company, Larsen & Toubro, has laid down keels for the Indian Coast Guard’s fifth and sixth Vikram-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The vessels were laid down at the company’s shipyard in Kattupalli on 3 July. The two OPVs are part of an INR14.32 billion (USD210 million) contract awarded to Larsen & Toubro in March 2015 for seven vessels.

The programme's first-of-class, ICGS Vikram , was delivered in April 2018 and commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard in the same month. The second OPV, which will be known in service as ICGS Vijaya , was launched in January 2018, and is currently being readied for sea trials, said Larsen & Toubro.

The third and fourth vessels are currently undergoing systems integration, and are scheduled to be launched in the later part of 2018.

The Vikram class has an overall length of 97 m, an overall beam of 15 m, and a hull draught of 3.6 m. It can attain a top speed of 26 kt, and a standard range of 5000 n miles at 12 kt. The class’ build processes has undergone dual certifications from the American Bureau of Shipping and Indian Registrar of Shipping.

The OPV can accommodate one aircraft, such as the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv helicopter, to bolster its maritime patrol and search-and-rescue (SAR), and capabilities. The ship can also embark two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for maritime interdiction operations. These can be launched and recovered via davits located on the port and starboard sides.

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[*] posted on 6-7-2018 at 07:32 PM


Tunisian Navy commissions latest Damen OPV and locally built patrol boat

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar - Jane's Navy International

05 July 2018


Tunisia's second Damen-built OPV, Syphax, was commissioned at La Goulette on 25 June. Source: Presidence Tunisie

The Tunisian Navy commissioned its second Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (MSOPV) 1400 and a third Istiklal-class patrol boat at the port of La Goulette on 25 June.

Syphax (P 611), the second of four MSOPV 1400s on order for the Tunisian Navy, was delivered to Tunisia the previous month after completing construction at Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania, on 2 May. First-of-class Jugurtha was delivered in early March.

Built to Bureau Veritas classification standards, Tunisia’s Damen MSOPV 1400 vessels have a length of 72 m, a 12.7 m beam, and a 3.75 m draft. The vessels have a standard displacement of 1,284 tonnes or up to 1,877 tonnes fully loaded.

Powered by two Caterpillar engines, with a total power rating of 7060 kW, the nominal top speed is 20 kt, but this limit has been exceeded on sea trials with speeds approaching 22 kt. So far, no heavy weapons have been fitted.

Meanwhile, the third OPV, Hannon , commenced initial sea trials in the Black Sea on 26 June.

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[*] posted on 30-7-2018 at 11:06 PM


Austal closes in on Cape-class export deal

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

30 July 2018


Australian shipbuilder Austal is close to securing a contract from Trinidad and Tobago to supply two Cape-class patrol boats. The class is also in operation with the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Border Force (pictured). Source: Austal Limited

Australian shipbuilder Austal is close to signing a contract with Trinidad and Tobago to build and supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats, the company announced on 30 July.

The patrol boats will be operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which in 2008 also ordered six 30 m fast patrol craft from Austal for about USD60 million.

Austal said in a statement that the new contract is likely to be valued at about AUD100 million (USD74 million) with funds provided by the Australian government through its Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).

This finance package will be “developed specifically to support the programme”, Austal said, adding that the EFIC has already supplied Trinidad and Tobago with a “letter of support” to facilitate the deal.

The contract will also be accompanied by a multiyear maintenance package, according to Austal. The company added that it expects to set up a service centre in Trinidad to support the new patrol boats, as well as fast patrol craft that it previously exported to the Caribbean country and any additional vessels requiring maintenance.

Austal said its announcement follows its submission of a proposal to Trinidad and Tobago in recent weeks. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN), which operates two Cape-class patrol boats, also recently demonstrated the capabilities of the type to a visiting delegation of senior officials from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Australian Border Force also operates eight vessels in the class.

Austal said the new vessels will be built at its Henderson shipyard in Western Australia, with deliveries to Trinidad and Tobago from mid-2020. It added that the sale is conditional on final contracts being signed in the coming weeks, together with a conclusive offer from the EFIC to Trinidad and Tobago.

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[*] posted on 31-7-2018 at 08:11 PM


New Indonesian military tank-boat to be used in Papua

Posted On Monday, 30 July 2018 15:30

A new tank-like military vessel under development in Indonesia is being targeted for use in provinces including Papua, Radio New Zealand reports.


Antasena tank-boat (Picture source: Youtube)

Production of the Antansena combat vessel began last year by East Java high-tech shipping company PT Lundin. Antara news agency reports the Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu saying the vessels will be complete next year.

He said they are to be used in regions with many rivers and swampy areas such as Papua and Kalimantan. PT Lundin describes the vessel as "a tank in the form of boat", flexible enough to pursue pirates up narrow rivers that can't be accessed by wider bodied patrol boats. The minister said orders for the tank boat have been received from military forces of other countries such as Russia.
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Russian FACs receive Uprava-Kord RCWS

Nikolai Novichkov, St Petersburg - Jane's Navy International

31 July 2018


A Project 03160 Raptor boat armed with the Uprava-Kord RCWS is pictured during Russia’s Navy Day parade in St Petersburg on 29 July. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The Russian Navy’s newest fast attack craft (FAC) are being fitted with the Uprava-Kord marinised remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), a military source told Jane’s.

“The cutting-edge Russian FACs, namely, Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust [Mongoose], are being fitted with Uprava-Kord unmanned weapon stations,” the source said.

The dual-axis stabilised RCWS features an integrated electro-optic (EO) suite, and a separate gyrostabilised EO station can also be used, he said.

The Uprava-Kord RCWS has a height of 1,100 mm, a maximum turning radius of 1,355 mm, and a maximum weight of 200 kg.

It has a traverse angle of 200° and an elevation angle varying between -20° and +80°. The module’s EO suite incorporates a thermal imager, a wide-angle colour TV camera with variable focus, and a laser target illuminator.

The Uprava-Kord can be armed with a Vladimirov KPVT 14.5 mm heavy machine gun (HMG), Kord 12.7 mm HMG, or Kalashnikov PKT 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun.

“The RCWS integrated with the Project 03160 Raptor FAC is armed with a KPVT, while that of the Project 12150 Mangust features a Kord machine gun,” the source said. The station can be fitted with an automatic target tracker and a ballistic calculator.

“In the full configuration, the Uprava-Kord is capable of engaging low-flying aerial targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles,” the source said.

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[*] posted on 10-8-2018 at 09:23 AM


First Guardian-class PPB starts sea trials

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

09 August 2018



Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on 9 August that the first Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) had begun sea trials.

The vessel is one of 21 Austal-designed and -built patrol boats that are to be gifted by Canberra to Pacific Island states as part of Australia’s security assistance to the region under the Sea 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat programme.

The move comes a few months after Austal launched the first of the Guardian-class boats. Named Ted Diro (with the pennant number 401), the vessel entered the water on 29 May at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson in Western Australia.
The Sea 3036 programme will replace a current fleet of 22 patrol boats gifted to Pacific Island states between 1987 and 1997.

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[*] posted on 11-8-2018 at 11:32 AM


Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 August 2018



The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense.

The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces the service's ability to execute a wide range of missions in the 1,350 km 2 Itaipu Lake, which borders Brazil and Paraguay and hosts a major hydro-electric power plant. Poraquê will make it easier to conduct operations with other local government agencies.

The high-speed hybrid tubular rigid boat is 9.2 m long, has a beam of 2.85 m, weighs 4.8 tonnes and has a maximum operational weight of 6.8 tonnes.

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[*] posted on 7-9-2018 at 11:00 PM


Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar - Jane's Navy International

07 September 2018


The Nigerian Navy’s two Ocea FPB 110 MKII fast patrol boats, NNS Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188), seen before they were delivered in April 2018. Source: Ocea

The Nigerian Navy commissioned six new Ocea fast patrol boats during an official ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on 4 September.

The patrol boats include two FPB 110 MKII hulls – Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188) – and four smaller FPB 72 MKII hulls – Shiroro (P 185), Ose (P 186), Gongola (P 189), and Calabar (P 190). All vessels were delivered between late 2017 and April 2018.

The FPB 72 hulls seen in the commissioning ceremony appeared to be fitted with a single pintle-mounted Chinese-made 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on the foredeck, while the FPB 110s have two additional guns mounted behind their bridges.

Both types can launch and recover a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). For this purpose, the Nigerian Navy also commissioned 10 RHIBs during the 4 September ceremony. The boats appear to comprise a mix of Guardian 8.5 m and 9.5 m designs supplied by South African boat builder Nautic Africa. The outboard-powered RHIBs have ballistic protection and are armed with a single pintle-mounted machine gun similar to those on the Ocea patrol craft.

The Nigerian Navy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, said the service has inducted more than 200 small craft (gunboats in Nigerian Navy parlance) in the past two years, with the vast majority being built by local boat builders including Epenal and John Holt. He added that the Naval Dockyard in Lagos is on course for the delivery of a 42 m Seaward Defence Boat.

Speaking to Jane’s, the Nigerian Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Ayo Olugbode, said the new acquisitions will boost the navy’s capability to tackle a range of maritime security threats within Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. The new vessels are part of the service’s ongoing recapitalisation and capacity-building efforts, which include platform sourcing from overseas and local shipyards.

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[*] posted on 19-9-2018 at 01:26 PM


First Centaur Fast Assault Craft Launched for Ukrainian Navy

Posted On Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:33

The first Centaur (Centaur-LK) fast assault craft was launched on 14 September, 2018 at 'Kuznya on Rybalsky' plant (formerly known as Lenin's Forge) in Kiev, Ukraine. This first of two vessels on order for the Ukrainian Navy was fully designed and built in Ukraine.


Launch of the first Centaur Fast Assault Craft for the Ukrainian Navy. Kiev, 14.09 .2018 (с) Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov and Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Admiral Igor Voronchenko attended the launch.

The fast assault craft (FAC) was developed by the state enterprise "Research and Design Center of Shipbuilding" (GP "IPPC") in the city of Nikolaev in 2015 under the leadership of Chief Designer S. Krivko. (he took part in the design of the armored boats "Gyurza", "Lan" and "TT400TP", project 58250 corvettes). The characteristics of the FAC were adopted by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to create a series of special-purpose boats.

The Centaur was created from a clean sheet, taking into account the experience of design and operation of the line of armored boats "Gyurza" and "Gyurza-M", in comparison with which the "Centaur" should have expanded functionality for special tasks. The aggravation of the situation in the area of ​​Mariupol (on the Sea of ​​Azov) made its own specific adjustments to the characteristics of the project. The design features several bulletproof area (pilothouse, engine compartment, landing compartment).

Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stressed it during an official ceremony of launch of Centaur boat ordered by the defence ministry: "National industry responds to military threats. Over the past two years PJSC Kuznia Na Rybalskomu has constructed and transferred the Ukrainian Navy six armoured artillery boats. They have been already executing assigned tasks. We are increasing our strength. Today we have a new victory. We launch the first Kentavr boat, Stepan Poltorak said." According to the Minister, modern boats will strengthen combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy and the priority is to construct modern ships and boats, special boats and support vessels.


Launch of the first Centaur Fast Assault Craft for the Ukrainian Navy. Kiev, 14.09 .2018 (с) Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The first two Centaur FAC were laid at PJSC "Leninskaya Kuznya Plant" (since 2017 - PJSC "Kuzn'a na Rybalskom") on December 28, 2016 (factory numbers 01032 and 01033). Then the construction of the boats was delayed because of issues with the delivery terms of the imported water-jet propulsors.

Main characteristics of Centuar FAC:

Displacement: 47 tons (full)
Length, greatest: 24.3 m
Width: 4.8 m (highest)
Draft: 1.0 m (maximum)
Autonomy 5 days
Crew 5 people
Maximum speed: up to 50 knots
Range: at least 500 miles (at a speed of 11 knots)
Landing capacity: up to 32 people

Two water jet produced by Hamilton Jet (New Zealand), originally plan called for the Swedish installation.

The armament of the basic version of the boat can be changed at the request of the customer and can include:

2 combat modules consisting of a machine gun (7.62 or 12.7 mm) and automatic grenade launcher (30 or 40 mm NATO standard);

2 MLRS launchers with unguided rockets S-8;

Radar Furuno DRS4D-NXT;

satellite terminal Iridium Pilot, which allows to simultaneously provide up to three independent communication lines and constant connection to the data transmission network with the speed up to 134 kbit / s;

MANPADS;

means of staging interference and false targets (in the optical, IR and RL bands);

sea ​​mines.

The transported contingent is a platoon of marines with standard small arms, which will allow organizing a platoon stronghold on the shore. In total the landing can be up to 32 people.

Crew - 5 people.
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[*] posted on 26-9-2018 at 10:46 PM


Modern Multi-Role Offshore Patrol Vessel by Babcock

Posted On Tuesday, 25 September 2018 23:33

Babcock International, the highly-skilled engineering service company, is showcasing its design of modern multi-role Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) with an emphasis on hull forms at the OPV 2018 conference and exhibition, in London.


Babcock Defense 90 OPV design. Babcock picture.

Well placed to support global navies, Babcock will discuss the importance of innovation as the company promotes its latest programmes, design and build capability, through-life support and marine training for the general purpose frigate market.

With a portfolio of class-leading 50m inshore patrol vessels and 90m OPVs, of which Babcock is in the finishing stages of completing a fourth ship for the Irish Naval Service’s OPV Fleet, the international conference will provide a platform for the company to display innovative hull forms – developed for its Defender range of multi-role OPVs and its most recently launched Arrowhead 120 and 140 ships – all underlining the company’s design credentials.

Understanding the global demand for smaller, more versatile crafts, Babcock is demonstrating its universal capability to design new ships which meet customer requirements for ever more capability and operational flexibility from a single platform. Its Defender and Arrowhead portfolio enable design variants, bespoke reconfigurations and armaments solutions to deliver exactly what its customers want – wherever in the world they operate.

Babcock’s multi-role vessel hull form is a distinctive yet traditional design that has been optimised with MARIN for seakeeping, fuel efficiency and launch and recovery of off-board assets. And the company’s blend of commercial and military technology provides a robust and cost effective design. All backed by a comprehensive through-life support and network of global naval training, Babcock provides the full package of design, build and support services.

Simon Knight, Babcock’s Naval Engineering Director said: “Babcock’s flexible approach means that we can provide an extensive range of global support to a wide range of maritime protection and enhancement organisations.

“This includes in-country maintenance, technology transfer, training or full design and build from our own or local facilities.

With many decades of experience of delivering in the OPV market, we look forward to profiling our platform range and capability."
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[*] posted on 26-9-2018 at 10:50 PM


Naval Group showcases its multi-missions Offshore Patrol Vessel 90 at ADEX 2018 in Baku

Posted On Tuesday, 25 September 2018 23:43

Naval Group will showcase its Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 90 at ADEX 2018. With the OPV 90, the Naval Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan will acquire a comprehensive and reliable capability to fulfil a large spectrum of civilian and military missions, including maritime traffic control, protection of offshore resources, search and rescue, fisheries and marine environments, humanitarian assistance and fight against illegal trafficking.


Naval Group stand at ADEX 2018

L’Adroit, the first-of-class of Naval Group’s OPV 90, has been in service with the French Navy since 2012.

OPV 90 introduces a host of innovations. The ship’s surveillance capabilities rely on an innovative architecture with a single mast and a 140-sq.m bridge offering panoramic visibility, a defining feature for an operational surface vessel. The dome atop the enclosed mast houses the entire sensor suite. From the bridge, watch officers have a 360° view from the ship’s hull to the horizon without the least obstruction or blind spot. The compact topside leaves ample space for a 5- to 10-tonne helicopter or an unmanned aerial vehicle, while the stern ramp can launch and recover two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) simultaneously in less than five minutes.

Another key innovation is the ability to deploy unmanned aerial and surface vehicles (UAVs & USVs) at sea. UAVs carrying various sensor packages are used as forward data collection platforms, giving OPV 90 a clear operational advantage on new maritime security missions.

Target data gathered by a UAV can be processed in real time by the ship’s Naval Group-designed Polaris combat management system (CMS). The Polaris® CMS provides the officer of the watch with a comprehensive picture of the tactical situation and includes the NIDL®, a tactical data liaison module allowing the exchange of tactical situation and files. The Polaris® and the NIDL® are fully sea-proven with the French Navy.

Thanks to her multi-mission capabilities and long range autonomy with an optimized crew, the OPV 90 will ensure the Naval Forces of Azerbaijan an outstanding rapid response capability as well as an increased permanence at sea.
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This is Austal's proposal for the Philippine OPV, for the Philippine requirement for 6 x OPV's..............just published, the design that is...............



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[*] posted on 26-9-2018 at 11:26 PM


ADAS 2018: Austal on track with Philippine expansion

Jon Grevatt, Manila - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

26 September 2018

Australian shipbuilder Austal is expanding its presence in the Philippines in support of a potential programme to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) 2018 exhibition in Manila, a company official told Jane’s that Austal is currently increasing the size of its existing ship-building facility in Balamban, in the central island province of Cebu, and aims to double its local workforce at the site.

Work on expanding the ship-building facility is expected to be complete by early 2019 and within another year Austal expects to employ up to 1,000 people at the yard.

Initial work to be undertaken at the Cebu facility will support Austal’s commercial ship-building projects but the yard will also be a focal point for the company’s proposed programme to supply the OPVs to the PN.

Austal initially announced it was in position to win the OPV contract on 13 August. The potential contract was revealed two days earlier by Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who said the PN would acquire the OPVs from the Australian company.

The Austal official confirmed to Jane’s that talks with the PN are continuing and that the proposed OPVs will be built at the Cebu facility if the company secures the contract. The facility will also sustain the vessels, which are based on a larger and more capable variant of the 58 m Cape-class patrol boats currently operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Australian Border Force (ABF).

The new vessel will measure 81.7 m in length and have a beam of 13.3 m. The design, a model of which was on show at ADAS 2018, features an aviation deck enabling helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions.

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[*] posted on 27-9-2018 at 02:09 PM


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This is Austal's proposal for the Philippine OPV, for the Philippine requirement for 6 x OPV's..............just published, the design that is...............



VIDEO here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N57FjgCIrnU&feature=yout...


Yep, small wonder Lürssen and Austal were never going to get along. ;)
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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 09:25 PM


Papua New Guinea retires first Pacific-class patrol vessel

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

24 October 2018

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- Papua New Guinea has decommissioned its first Pacific-class patrol boat
- The retirement paves the way for delivery of the country's first Guardian-class patrol vessel

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force's (PNGDF) Maritime Element has decommissioned its first Pacific-class patrol boat after 31 years of service.

The vessel, which was formerly known as HMPNGS Rabaul (01), completed its service with the PNGDF in August and subsequently made its final voyage to Port Macquarie, Australia, from Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, on 22 October. The vessel arrived in Port Macquarie to begin its disposal process.

Rabaul was gifted to Papua New Guinea in May 1987 via the Australian government's Pacific Patrol Boat Program, under which 22 vessels were delivered to countries in the Pacific Island.

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Israel Shipyards Shaldag-class FPB family at Euronaval 2018

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2018 12:51

Israel Shipyards Ltd., a leading shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets, highlights its advanced solutions for seaborne interdiction and prevention of terrorist and illegal activities for the military, law enforcement and HLS, at EURONAVAL 2018. Among other vessels, Israel Shipyards is showcasing its family of SHALDAG Fast Patrol Craft


A model of Israel Shipyards's Shaldag Mk V Fast Patrol Boat at Euronaval 2018

The company is presenting two models of the Fast Patrol Craft (FPC) family – the SHALDAG MK II and SHALDAG MK V. Both FPCs are made of aluminum and driven by water jet, with a speed of above 40 knots even in rough seas. They provide outstanding maneuverability and minimal draft, enabling operation in shallow waters.

The SHALDAG MK II is designed for coastal protection as well as for rivers, while the SHALDAG MK V is, among other things, designed for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) protection missions.

One of the ISL vessels currently in highest demand, the SHALDAG FPB was designed in the late 1990s, integrating valuable improvements created by Israeli defense experts in response to real-life security challenges. Operators of the Shaldag-class FPB include the Israeli Sea Corps, Azerbaijani Navy, Sri Lanka Navy and Nigerian Navy.
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Euronaval 2018: Baglietto Navy will deliver first MNI 15 fast craft to an European Navy

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2018 05:01

The Italian Shipward Company Baglietto Navy won a contract with a European navy for the delivery of two MNI’s 15 fast 15 m aluminum craft. The production of the first prototype of the MNI 15 was started in March 2016 according to the official web site of Baglietto Navy.


Baglietto Navy will deliver first MNI 15 fast craft to an European Navy Euronaval 2018 925 001Scale model of Baglietto Navy MNI 15 at Euronaval 2018 (Picture source Navy Recognition)

The MNI 15 is a multi-purpose platform, widely customizable in terms of both engine/propulsion and interior/exterior layout and features, it can be used as landing craft, from fast attack to police actions, patrolling and rescue.

The MNI 15 can reach a maximum speed of 47 knots and excellent maneuverability are the main features of this craft and, together with its limited draught (0.80 m), make it ideal for both beaching and river navigation.

The material used for the hull and the superstructure is an innovative 5083-H 128 aluminum alloy ideal for marine applications. The high metal sheet cutting and assembly techniques implemented contribute to achieving a flawless surface finish and do not require the use of paint for exterior finishing.

The deep-V bottom has been designed to ensure great speed and outstanding maneuverability and sea keeping features. The stealth shapes of the superstructure result in maximum visibility and minimum impact.

The interior layout can be optimized depending on the type of mission, allowing to remain at sea for at least one week.

A watertight hull door is located forward, under the main deck, for personnel embarkation / disembarkation. The door can even be opened while at sea, during maneuvering, and even when moving at low speed, to recover any floating items). Thanks to its limited size, this boat can be easily carried on board a parent ship and transported by road.
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[*] posted on 27-11-2018 at 10:00 AM


SEMAR Commemorates the ''Day of the Navy of Mexico'' with the Launch and Flagging of the First Long Range Oceanic Patrol Ship

(Source: Mexican Navy Secretariat; issued Nov 23, 2018)

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The Mexican Navy’s latest ship, the Damen Sigma-class corvette “Reformador,” was floated at the Salina Cruz shipyard in Oaxaca state on Nov. 23. Despite its heavy weapons fit, it is designated as an OPV by the Mexican Navy. (Semar photo)

MEXICO CITY --- Today, at the Navy Shipyard Number 20 (ASTIMAR 20) of the Secretariat of the Navy - Navy of Mexico, based in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, the President of the United States of Mexico and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, presided over the ceremony for the launch and flagging of the Long Range Oceanic Patrol Vessel ARM "Reformador" (POLA-10) as part of the celebrations of the "Day of the Navy of Mexico" that also marks the commemoration of National Independence, a historical event that took place on November 23, 1825.

The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces was accompanied by Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy and Supreme Commander of the Mexican Navy, as well as civil, naval and military authorities.

The construction of the Long-Range Ocean Patrol ship is part of the Marine Sector Program 2013-2018 that strengthens and promotes the maritime development of the country and its naval industry; therefore, Vice Admiral Naval Engineer Mariano Valencia Salinas, Director of the ASTIMAR 20 shipyard, stressed that this ship will increase the operational capability to enforce maritime law in the Mexican seas.

At the same time, as part of the protocol of launching, Mrs. Georgina Ventura de Soberón, representing Mrs. Angelica Rivera de Peña, godmother of the ship, addressed some words of good fortune and hope for the first crew of this Navy ship. Mexico, which will go to the readiness phase where the systems and equipment will be equipped and installed, and the corresponding tests will be developed so that the term is fully operational. Likewise, training will be carried out for the personnel that integrate their crew.

During this event, Mrs. Ventura de Soberón cut a ribbon with the ceremonial axe, which was the traditional breaking of a bottle of mezcal, traditional drink of the region, against the bow of the hull, with which the maneuver of launching the ship until it is afloat, being thus bathed for the first time by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

It is worth mentioning that one of the missions of this unit is to conduct patrol and surveillance operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone to maintain the Rule of Law at sea. For this mission, the Long-Range Oceanic Patrol Vessel has a length of 107.14 meters, a width of 14.02 meters, a displacement of 2,570 tonnes, a maximum speed of 27 knots (50 km/hr). Its propulsion is diesel-mechanical / diesel-electric combination and she has a 20-day autonomy at sea.

The characteristics will serve for long-range search and rescue operations to safeguard human life at sea, as well as humanitarian aid actions, multinational operations and peacekeeping.

It is noteworthy that the Navy has shipyards on both coasts of the country, where ships are designed, built and repaired for the Navy of Mexico and other types of vessels for the public and private sectors, thereby promoting the development of the National Maritime Sector.

During the aforementioned celebrations, the President of the Republic sent the "JALISCO" ARM Ocean Surveillance Patrol Vessel (PO-167), which was launched on July 2 of this year, as well as the ARM Long Range Ocean Patrol Vessel. “Reformer” POLA-101, where he toured of the interiors, at which time he said "I come in the name of the Homeland to entrust its value, patriotism and strict discipline to this Flag, which symbolizes its Independence, its Institutions, the integrity of its territory and the naval honor."

During the flagging of the Oceanic Patrol "JALISCO" (PO-167) and the Long Range Oceanic Patrol "REFORMADOR" (POLA-101), the Secretary of the Navy pointed out that "today, two new surface units of this Institution has raised our badge for the first time. They confirm that this is their homeland and that they will always be ready to look after their highest interests. He added that each of the missions entrusted to them will always be aimed at asserting the Rule of Law in our seas and thereby defending the Independence and Sovereignty of Mexico. "

Likewise, he delivered to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on behalf of the navy men of the Navy of Mexico, the badge of command that waved in the different naval facilities while he was present, a hallmark of authority and leadership before our ground, air and sea forces.

During the present administration, the Secretariat of Navy-Navy of Mexico has built 16 ships among them: A Long-Range Patrol Vessel, eight Coastal Patrols, three Ocean Surveillance Vessels, two Intercepting Patrols and two Logistic Support Vessels, to boost their fleet naval.

This Institution reaffirms its commitment to continue with the momentum of the Naval Industry and the National Maritime Sector; as well as having an efficient and effective Navy, according to national and global requirements, to ensure the safety of citizens, on land, air and sea.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: ARM Reformador was locally assembled from six modules – two built by Damen in the Netherlands and four by Astimar 20 -- to a design derived from Damen Shipyards’ Sigma-class corvettes, which are also in service in Indonesia and Morocco.

Reformador is also armed with Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) surface-to-air missiles, MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes and an 8-cell MK56 VLS launcher for the Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM), making it very powerfully armed for an OPV.

After additional outfitting and tests, builder’s trials will take place in 2019, and the ship is due to be handed over to the Mexican Navy in early 2020.)

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Austal Delivers First Guardian-class Patrol Boat for Papua New Guinea

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2018 08:49

Austal today delivered the first Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence and then in a handover ceremony, presented the vessel to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government. The “Ted Diro” is the first of 21 GCPBs to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste under the Commonwealths Pacific Maritime Security Program.


The Guardian Class Patrol Boat was designed and constructed by Austal Australia for the Commonwealth of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, comprising 21 vessels to be delivered to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste. Image: Austal.

“Austal are proud to deliver this program for the Commonwealth of Australia. The Guardian Class has brought together the industry-leading skills of over 200 Austal employees, and estimated to have employed an additional 200 people indirectly through the design, construction and sustainment process.

The Guardian Class is the latest evolution of Austal’s proven patrol boat platform that was first introduced some 20 years ago, commencing with the Bay Class Patrol Boat developed for the Australian Customs Service. Since 1998, Austal has delivered 32 patrol boats to the Commonwealth – representing Australia’s entire border patrol capability. Indeed Austal has delivered or has orders for a total of 97 patrol boats for Australia and around the world.

Over the past six weeks, we have had the Ted Diro crew from the PNG Navy at Austal training on how to use and maintain the new vessels. Their positive feedback on the greater capability, amenity and operability of the Guardian Class has been fantastic. We look forward to show casing the new vessels to the other Pacific Island nations over the life of the 21vessel program through to 2023”. Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

“This is Austal’s first major ship building program in steel. It is a reflection of the skills, experience and management of the Austal team that, since May 2016 they have developed a brand new production facility at Naval Base in Western Australia, designed a production line process, completed the detailed vessel design and are now delivering the first vessel 30 months later.”

“The program is now in a full rate of production, with the second vessel, which is destined for Tuvalu, successfully launched on Monday with an additional three vessels in various stages of construction. Austal are already looking at export opportunities for the GCPB” Mr Singleton said.

The Pacific Patrol Boat contract was awarded to Austal in May 2016 with a contract option in April 2018 taking the program to 21 vessels valued at AU$335 million. The program supports more than 200 direct jobs at Austal and more than a further 200 indirect jobs through the Australian industry involved in the program. Austal has around 1000 employees in Australia directly contributing to delivering a strong domestic and export shipbuilding industry.
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[*] posted on 7-12-2018 at 09:41 PM


Argentina Buys Four OPVs from France for €318M Euros

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; posted Dec 06, 2018)


The offshore patrol vessel L’Adroit, seen here during its service with the French Navy, will be delivered to Argentina next year, after a refit, and will be followed by other similar ships built to Naval Group’s OPV-90 design. (FR Navy photo)

PARIS --- Argentina and France signed a contract during the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires for the financing of four Naval Group patrol vessels for the Argentinian Navy at a cost of 318 million euros.

The first ship to be delivered is L’Adroit, an offshore patrol vessel built as a private venture by Naval Group and leased by the French Navy to explore and validate its design concept. Her delivery to Argentina is planned for 2019, after a general refit and specific modifications requested by the Argentine Navy.

The contract was signed by French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and his Argentine counterpart, Nicolás Dujovne, and was authorised by decree n° 1078-2018 published in Argentina’s official bulletin.

Altogether, the four ships will cost 319.03 million euros, that Argentina will pay thanks to a financing package put together by French banks Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis, together with Spain’s Banco Santander.

The other three ships are to be built to Naval Group’s Gowind OPV-90 design.

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Financial Support from France for € 319 Million to Improve Maritime Surveillance and Control

(Source: Argentina Ministry of Economy; issued Nov 29, 2018)

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The Minister of Finance, Nicolás Dujovne, together with authorities of the financial institutions Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis and Banco Santander S.A., signed the financing agreement for € 319 million for the Naval Patrol Capacity Recovery project. This operation constitutes the largest credit operation with Export Credit Agencies (ECA) of this government.

The objective of the project is to improve the surveillance and control of our maritime area of interest with naval surface vessels, which extend over 138,303 nautical miles in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Argentine Republic. This credit operation was the result of negotiations carried out with French banks by officials of the Ministry of Finance.

In this regard, provision is made for four Integrated Multipurpose Patrol Units (known as Offshore Patrol Vessel in English), which will complement the missions of the Argentine Navy in relation to the patrolling of the EEZ for the preservation of renewable resources and non-renewable resources in the maritime area of national interest.

They will also support the safeguarding of human life at sea, while at the same time they will allow to attend the Antarctic activities, thus providing support to the bases and vessels that operate in the region.

During the meeting, held at the Casa Rosada in the framework of the G20 Summit, were present the Ministers of Economy and Finance of the French Republic, Bruno Le Maire, and of European and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Also attending was the Undersecretary of International Financial Relations of the Argentine Ministry of Finance, Martín Soto.

It is worth highlighting the constant support that France has given to our country in recent times, corresponding to the confidence placed in the strategic objectives implemented by this government for the economic, productive and sustainable development of our country.

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