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[*] posted on 26-10-2019 at 01:10 PM


Meet the New Combat Boat from Saab

(Source: Saab; issued Oct. 24, 2019)

The first out of 18 of the all-new CB90 HSM has been delivered to the Swedish defense material administration (FMV). A brand-new boat, equipped with a lot more than its predecessors: improved speed and maneuverability – as well as attack power and surveillance capabilities.

With more than 250 sold boats operating worldwide, CB90 has been a success story since the first boat was commissioned. Recently a new model of the proven concept was delivered to FMV; CB90 HSM. The following months another 17 boats will be delivered from Dockstavarvet, part of Saab.

Even though it looks similar to its predecessors on the outside, the inside is vastly modified.

An all-new driveline including an adjusted placement of the engine makes the point of gravity optimized, which in turn makes the boat even more stable, faster and a lot more silent. Combined with new jets run on a higher efficiency the total efficiency is greatly increased – as well as the ergonomics and crew comfort.

VIDEO: Combat Boat 90HSM: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/20...

“The principles are the same, but with stronger engines everything becomes even more impressive. We’ve managed to overcome the speed demand by several knots”, said Andreas Nordstrand, project manager at Dockstavarvet, Saab.

Add to that new combat management system and sensors for surveillance and attack power through the Trackfire system, CB90 HSM is indeed a whole new breed, ready to take on the coasts of Sweden.

Trackfire – giving CB90 HSM an edge

The unique configuration of Trackfire provides a Stabilized Independent Line Of Sight (SILOS). As the independently stabilized Sensor Module is decoupled from the weapons axes (and hence isolated from weapon recoil effects), the operator is able to maintain the line of sight on the target, thereby greatly reducing target acquisition times.

The Trackfire system also allows greatly improved surveillance capabilities through IR cameras.

Furthermore, this configuration enables a target to be continuously lased during the engagement sequence; thereby providing a true comprehensive ballistic calculation including 3D target prediction.

“We’re looking at completely new capabilities. While the older versions are very fine boats, they are more like transportation vehicles in comparison to the new model, taking troops from one point to another. With these upgrades we have completely new operational capabilities in terms of surveillance, fire power, tactical awareness and the ability to act when needed” said Fredrik Hyllengren, project manager at FMV.

A close cooperation

As in all cases of building vessels for the Swedish Navy, CB90 HSM is a result of a close cooperation between Saab’s Dockstavarvet and FMV, something that Andreas Nordstrand means really brings the best out of us as a supplier.

“The list and level of demands push us to deliver accordingly – as best as we can. I think of it as a win-win situation.”

The end user is always a part of the process, making sure standards are met, in this case the Naval Warfare Centre and the Amphibious Battalion.

“This is a good product and the teamwork between all parties involved has been great, everyone have been humble and truly worked together. This is the reason for the successful outcome; a great cooperation,” said Fredrik Hyllengren.

Specs Combat boat 90 HSM

-- Displacement—Light: 18 tons
-- Max Displacement: 24,5 tons
-- Dimensions:
* Total length: 16.3 meters
* Length hull: 14.9 meters
* Beam: 3.8 meters
* Draught: 0.9 meters

Speed and range:
* Max speed with max load: 45 knots
* Cruise Speed at Sea state 1 or less: 38 knots
* Range at cruise speed: 300 NM

Propulsion:
* Engines: 2 x 900 HP, Scania Diesel V8
* Water jet: S32 Mix flow

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[*] posted on 9-11-2019 at 01:27 PM


Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol boat to Solomon Islands

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

08 November 2019


Australia handed over Guardian-class patrol boat in a ceremony held on 8 November at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia. Source: Austal

Australia handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to the government of the Solomon Islands in a ceremony held on 8 November at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia.

The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme.

Gizo , which is replacing the recently decommissioned Pacific-class patrol boat Lata , was received by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in a ceremony that was also attended by Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.

The Guardian class has an overall length of 39.5 m, a beam of 8 m, and can accommodate a crew of 23. It is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines and can attain a top speed of 20 kt.

The steel-hulled boats are being built with space and weight considerations for a 30 mm naval gun as a primary weapon, as well as port and starboard mounts for 12.7 mm general-purpose machine guns.

The Sea 3036 programme, which seeks to enhance the security of Australia's maritime region by augmenting the maritime capabilities of its immediate neighbours, is aimed at replacing a current fleet of 22 patrol boats given to Pacific Island states between 1987 and 1997.

The 13 countries receiving the new boats are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by 2023.

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[*] posted on 21-11-2019 at 09:05 AM


Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership

Emmanuel Huberdeau, London - Jane's Navy International

20 November 2019

Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to be completed by mid-2023. The contract includes follow-on support in Senegal.


The OPV 58 S vessels will significantly increase the capabilities of the Senegalese Navy. (Piriou)

Kership's OPV 58 S design is based on a steel and aluminium hull with an overall length of 62 m and a displacement of 550 tonnes. It features a 360° vision bridge and an aft ramp for the rapid launch and recovery of two rigid-hull inflatable boats. Innovative features include a 'C-Sharp' (Combined-Speeds Hull with All-Round Performances) hull shape jointly developed by Piriou and Kership that increases the ship's endurance and seagoing capabilities.

The OPVs will have a maximum speed of 21 kt, and an endurance of 25 days, or 4,500 n miles at a speed of 12 kt. The ships will be operated by a crew of 24, with accommodation for an additional 24 personnel.

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[*] posted on 21-11-2019 at 09:51 AM


Senegal Signs with Piriou A Contract to Purchase Three OPVs

(Source: Piriou Group; issued Nov. 17, 2019)


Senegal’s future Piriou offshore patrol vessels are intended to protect the country’s offshore oil fields; they will have an endurance of 25 days, a range of 4,500 nautical miles and a top speed of 21 knots. (Piriou image)

The Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and the PIRIOU group have just signed –in the presence of the President of the Republic of Senegal and the French ministerial delegation– a contract to purchase three Offshore Patrol Vessels [for] the Senegalese navy.

The OPV 58 S (Offshore Patrol Vessel) is a 62m versatile, high endurance and robust patrol vessel [intended for] missions such as surveillance and sea control, perfectly answering the various missions related to law enforcement at sea.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to Italian media reports, the three OPVs will be armed with MBDA Simbad-RC launchers for Mistral short-range air-defense missiles and about a dozen Marte Mk2 anti-ship missiles. (4 per ship)
Their weapons fit will also include a 76mm automatic gun.
The ships will be supplied by the Kership joint venture between Piriou (55%) and Naval Group (45%).)

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[*] posted on 21-11-2019 at 03:43 PM


France to Produce 20 Modern Patrol Boats for Ukraine's Interior Ministry

(Source: Unian Information Agency; posted November 19, 2019)



France will manufacture and deliver by 2023 a total of 20 modern patrol boats, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of the Interior. The 32-meter boats are designed to protect the state border on water, carry out surveillance and monitoring and control missions, search and rescue and counter-sabotage operations.

According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, every fourth boat will be made in Ukraine. Tentative plans say the capacities will be hosted at one of the Mykolayiv-based shipyards. The agreement provides for Ukrainian additional equipment to be installed on the vessels.

The project costs EUR 136 million. Immediately, 15% of the total amount will be taken from the state budget and another 85% – through a special loan from the French Treasury at minimal rate.

The project also includes boat servicing, as well as training of 240 crew and 120 technical personnel. Ukraine will be able to get the first boat from the batch as early as 2021. As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian Navy began military exercises in the Black Sea, in which more than ten naval vessels take part, as well as aviation.

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[*] posted on 21-11-2019 at 03:46 PM


Ukrainian Navy Has Received Island-Class Patrol Boats “Starobilsk”, “Sloviansk” and Search and Rescue Vessel “Oleksandr Okhrimenko”

(Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence; issued Nov. 13, 2019)

The US government has donated three former Coast Guard vessels, including two Island-class patrol boats, to the Ukrainian Navy; three more patrol boats are to follow. (UKR MoD photo)

On November 13, solemn events on the occasion of the transfer of the Island class patrol boats and search and rescue vessel to the Ukrainian Navy took place in Odessa.

The events were attended by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anatolii Petrenko, representatives of the US Embassy in Ukraine, diplomats and other foreign guests as well as Navy personnel, volunteers, clergy and the general public.

The patrol boats received from the USA were named after the cities of Ukrainian Donbass — Sloviansk and Starobilsk. These names perpetuate the memory of the fallen defenders of Ukraine, natives of these cities — sailor Olexandr Veremeyenko and senior sailor Stepan Kryl from Starobilsk, sailor Roman Napriaglia, senior sailor Sergiy Mayboroda from Sloviansk. They gave their lives for Ukraine’s independence and its European future.

According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anatolii Petrenko, reliable protection of national interests in the Black and Azov Sea regions is a matter of honor and a strategic task of the Ukrainian Navy and defense forces as a whole.

“Our goal is ambitious, but achievable: through the consistent implementation of defense reform according to NATO standards, we have to actively move through the steadfast implementation of the country’s strategic course on European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Work on the systematic increase in scale and content of our strategic partnership with the United States in the defense field. This event is a compelling success story of our relations and demonstration that everything is actually possible," noted Anatolii Petrenko.

Anatolii Petrenko also stressed that by the end of this year, it is planned to complete the test and adopt three more combat ships from the national defense industry manufacturer to the Ukrainian Navy. The same figure is in the plans of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for 2020.

“I am sure that our American partners will continue to support us strongly and symmetrically for further restoration of the naval composition of the Ukrainian Navy. We need to work together on Navy infrastructure, social protection for our sailors and their families. We need to further improve our capabilities in terms of situational awareness, maritime patrol aviation and high-precision weapons,” said the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to US Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Joseph Pennington, these boats are part of over 1.6 billion dollars in security assistance the United States has provided to Ukraine since 2014.

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The United States Will Hand Over Three More Island-Class Patrol Boats to the Ukrainian Navy

(Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence; issued Nov. 13, 2019)

This was stated by the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States Embassy in Ukraine Joseph Pennington during the ceremony in Odessa.

“Starobilsk and Sloviansk boats are only a small part of the US security assistance that has been provided to Ukraine since 2014. As part of our support for Ukraine, I am also pleased to announce that, in addition to these two Island-class patrol boats we are transferring today, the United States will provide three additional boats of the same class. These are US Coast Guard boats that will further enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy.

“The United States will continue to provide security assistance to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, not only by providing training and equipment, but also by engaging defense reform advisers to develop the Armed Forces. The United States, as Ukraine’s strategic partner, are proud to provide equipment and technology as well as advisory assistance to support Ukraine in protecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity and in further NATO aspirations. We will stand close to Ukraine at every step of the way.

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[*] posted on 23-11-2019 at 10:07 AM


German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV

Michael Nitz, Germany - Jane's Navy International

22 November 2019

The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November.

The 86 m OPVs were built under a contract awarded to Fassmer shipyard in December 2016. The design is derived from Fassmer’s proven OPV 80, with modifications including a hybrid propulsion system and exhaust treatment system to meet Tier III/ECA standards.

Fassmer subcontracted the steelwork for the second and third hulls to Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Klaipeda, Lithuania, with outfitting taking place back in Germany. First-of-class FGS Potsdam (BP 81) was commissioned on 22 July 2019, followed by the second ship FGS Bamberg (BP 82) on 18 September.


Second-of-class Potsdam after launch

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Commissioning a Cutting-Edge Patrol Vessel that Showcases Poland’s Naval Aspirations

(Source: Thales; issued Nov 28, 2019)



The start of the 21st century has seen terrorism, criminality and political instability on the march. The results are more troubled global waters and a renewed interest in the seas both as combat and security zones. Facing this, and rapid technological change affecting all areas, navies are pursuing strategies to keep them at the top of their game and underpin their effectiveness and mission success.

The country’s new naval patrol ship, ORP “Ślązak”, is a significant part of this story: it marks the country’s maritime aspirations and a return to naval shipbuilding. Following a ceremony at Gdynia, the Polish Navy took possession of the new ship in early November 2019, ready for formal commissioning on the 101st anniversary of the founding of the modern Polish navy.

The navy turned to Thales to help it realise its vision for a robust patrol capability. They had already collaborated on Poland’s Orkan class fast attack craft, bringing Thales’s breadth of systems know-how, and long experience in equipping leading navies, to the Polish fleet. Among the carefully scrutinised competitors for this project, the navy considered that Thales’s approach of combining technical excellence with a long-term commitment to its customers was the right fit to its values of technical rigour and deep understanding of its systems.

Building on an already successful partnership, the navy selected Thales to supply and integrate the entire mission suite for ORP Ślązak. The scope of the work was considerable, with Thales’s Tacticos Combat Management System (CMS)—with its open architecture and latest-sensor design—central to successfully integrating a range of leading-edge equipment on board. Thales’s Sting-EO Mk2 Fire control Radar, MIRADOR electro-optical system for observation and target tracking, LINK 11/16 tactical data link system, Automatic Identification System (AIS), and CCTV, are also integrated into the vessel.

Hand-in-glove working was essential to a project that marked Poland’s return to naval shipbuilding, something embodied in the strong working relations between Thales and local partners. The project was led by Inspektorat Uzbrojenia (Poland’s defence procurement agency), with Gdynia-based local players PGZ-SMW (a Polish shipbuilder) and Enamor (for navigation and communications integration) heavily involved. But the partnership also looked beyond the immediate project and towards building the country’s future defence expertise. Thales worked closely with Polish industrial players to transfer technology and knowledge for the long term, with the focus on areas like combat system integration and software development.

The net result? ORP Ślązak was delivered to the customer’s requirements, with the confidence the Polish Navy placed in Thales as its main systems partner borne out in successful and highly satisfactory acceptance tests. The ship’s commissioning represents another milestone in Poland’s enhancement of its maritime capability, and in Thales’s developing role in helping deliver this. It’s a partnership set to continue into the future, with an upgrade of the navy’s Orkan class ships currently under exploration.

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[*] posted on 4-12-2019 at 02:21 PM


ORP Ślązak Commissioned

(Source: Defence24.com; posted Dec. 02, 2019)

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It’s taken 18 years since her keel was laid, but the Polish Navy has finally commissioned the ORP Slazak, originally built as a multi-mission corvette but since repurposed as a Patrol vessel. (Defence24.com photo)

Eighteen years after the keel-laying ceremony, the ORP Ślązak patrol corvette has finally been commissioned into the Polish Navy. Her keel-laying ceremony took place on 28th November 2001 at the Gdynia Naval Shipyard, and the program was finally completed on November 28, 2019 with her commissioning in the presence of Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

This is the second new vessel that has been transferred to the Polish Navy over the last two years. ORP “Kormoran” minehunter was commissioned on November 28, 2017.

Originally, Ślązak was designed as a multi-mission corvette with anti-aircraft and ASW assets, as well as anti-ship missiles. The keel for that vessel was laid back in 2001. Back then no decision was made with regards to missile systems and combat system. As the project was underfunded since the very beginning, it faced long construction delays, and many technical issues troubled the builders during the process.

In February 2012 the process came to a halt, but in late 2012 the decision was changed. Ultimately, an annex of the agreement concerning building of a patrol vessel instead of a corvette was signed in September 2013. The agreement has been a subject to annexation later on as well. Ultimately, the vessel passed her trials and was commissioned.

Ślązak is 95 meters long, 13 meters wide and has displacement of 1800 tonnes, with a top speed of around 30 knots. Her armament includes an 76 mm OTO Melara naval gun, two 30 mm Marlin-WS cannons, four Grom VSHORAD missile launchers and four .50-cal. machine guns.

The vessel features an expanded CIC and surveillance suite (SMART-S Mk 2 3D radar, STING-EO Mk 2 fire control radar and Mirador EO fire control/observation suite). In the future, should the Polish MoD want it, Ślązak can be easily fitted with a VLS solution for anti-aircraft missiles, as her design permits retrofit of such a system.

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Commissioning A Cutting-Edge Patrol Vessel That Showcases Poland’s Naval Aspirations

(Source: Thales; issued Nov. 28, 2019)

The country’s new naval patrol ship, ORP “Ślązak”, marks the country’s maritime aspirations and a return to naval shipbuilding. Following a ceremony at Gdynia, the Polish Navy took possession of the new ship in early November 2019, ready for formal commissioning on the 101st anniversary of the founding of the modern Polish navy.

The navy turned to Thales to help it realise its vision for a robust patrol capability. They had already collaborated on Poland’s Orkan class fast attack craft, bringing Thales’s breadth of systems know-how, and long experience in equipping leading navies, to the Polish fleet. Among the carefully scrutinised competitors for this project, the navy considered that Thales’s approach of combining technical excellence with a long-term commitment to its customers was the right fit to its values of technical rigour and deep understanding of its systems.

Building on an already successful partnership, the navy selected Thales to supply and integrate the entire mission suite for ORP Ślązak. The scope of the work was considerable, with Thales’s Tacticos Combat Management System (CMS)—with its open architecture and latest-sensor design—central to successfully integrating a range of leading-edge equipment on board. Thales’s Sting-EO Mk2 Fire control Radar, MIRADOR electro-optical system for observation and target tracking, LINK 11/16 tactical data link system, Automatic Identification System (AIS), and CCTV, are also integrated into the vessel.

Hand-in-glove working was essential to a project that marked Poland’s return to naval shipbuilding, something embodied in the strong working relations between Thales and local partners. The project was led by Inspektorat Uzbrojenia (Poland’s defence procurement agency), with Gdynia-based local players PGZ-SMW (a Polish shipbuilder) and Enamor (for navigation and communications integration) heavily involved.

But the partnership also looked beyond the immediate project and towards building the country’s future defence expertise. Thales worked closely with Polish industrial players to transfer technology and knowledge for the long term, with the focus on areas like combat system integration and software development.

The net result? ORP Ślązak was delivered to the customer’s requirements, with the confidence the Polish Navy placed in Thales as its main systems partner borne out in successful and highly satisfactory acceptance tests. The ship’s commissioning represents another milestone in Poland’s enhancement of its maritime capability, and in Thales’s developing role in helping deliver this.

It’s a partnership set to continue into the future, with an upgrade of the navy’s Orkan class ships currently under exploration.

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The President of the Republic Announces the Order for Six Patrol Vessels

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Dec. 03, 2019)

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France has ordered six new large patrol vessels to replace those now deployed in her overseas territories, in addition to the three already ordered for the three territories in the Caribbean. (DGA image)

PARIS --- At the Maritime Economy Symposium in Montpellier today, the President of the Republic announced the order of six new patrol boats for France’s overseas dependencies.

In accordance with the strategic goals of the 2019-2025 military program law, this order reinforces the protection of our maritime territories, and advances the renewal of this capability by two years.

In a context of increasing threats to fishing resources, biodiversity and international rules of the law of the sea, France intends to fully exercise its sovereignty and responsibilities in France and in its overseas dependencies.

This announcement follows the Ministerial Investment Committee of November 19, 2019, when Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly decided to launch the Patrouilleur d’Outre Mer (Overseas Patrol Vessel) program, managed by the Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA).

That is why the renewal of naval assets for the surveillance of our overseas maritime territories, which began with the delivery of the three patrol vessels for the Antilles and Guiana between 2017 and 2019, continues today with this latest order, which will allow the replacement of the obsolete patrol vessels deployed in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Reunion Island between 2022 and 2025.

Designed with extensive capabilities – and equipped in particular with an aerial drone - these overseas patrol boats will carry out missions of sovereignty and protection in the France’s Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), intervention against marine pollution and in favor of the environment, as well as rescue and assistance.

Thus, between 2017 and 2025, all the patrol vessels stationed overseas will have been renewed.

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France orders six patrol ships, equipped with drones and able to secure prisoners

By: Christina Mackenzie   8 hours ago


The French Navy's patrol vessels are expected to help guard the country's exclusive economic zone, including New Caledonia. (Pascal Guyot/AFP via Getty Images)

PARIS — France has ordered six 70-meter-long (230-feet-long) offshore patrol vessels from Socarenam, a shipyard in Boulogne-sur-Mer on the country’s northern coast, to patrol its vast economic exclusive zone.

The announcement was made earlier this week by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Maritime Economy Congress in Montpellier, southern France. These kinds of announcements are usually either made by the minister for the armed forces or by the DGA procurement agency.

Following the president’s announcement, the Armed Forces Ministry said in a statement that the ships had been ordered “in a context of increasing threats to our fishing resources, biodiversity and international maritime rules."

"France intends to fully exercise her sovereignty and responsibilities both in her metropolitan and overseas territories,” the statement continued. France has the largest economic exclusive zone in the world, at about 4,514,000 square miles. By comparison, the United States’s EEZ comes in at about 4,383,000 square miles.

Each vessel’s draft is no more than 3.8 meters, has a maximum speed of at least 22 knots that it can hold for 24 hours but with a normal cruising speed of between 12 to 14 knots, and has a range of 5,500 nautical miles. This enables the ships to stay at sea for a month.

French media reports the ships are likely to carry a 20mm remotely controlled gun and machine guns, but no official weapons specifications have been published. The tender and the technical specifications, issued by the DGA in 2018, called for the ships to be able to deploy a 700-kilogram-class rotor-blade drone, and to be able to keep it under cover. The tender also said the ships should be able to deploy divers and two high-speed intervention boats, as well as keep six prisoners secure.

The ships will be delivered to the French Navy between 2022 and 2025. That time frame is two years ahead of the schedule laid out in the 2019-2025 Military Program Law. The value of the order has not been disclosed.

“I have decided, as is specified in the Military Program Law, to further strengthen the protection of our maritime spaces. The order for six new overseas patrol boats was officially launched last week by the armed forces minister,” Macron said. “With these ships we will acquire a capacity that we have never yet had on the maritime front to protect our spaces and take on this mantle as a balance of power in the maritime sector.”

“We are building a European maritime capacity,” he added, noting that he assumed “responsibility for France taking the leadership.”

The ships, known in France as POM (patrouilleur outre-mer), will be based in France's Pacific Ocean territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia, and the French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, Réunion. Some of the ships will join the Pacific fleet at the Nouméa naval base in New Caledonia and at Fare Ute Papeete in Tahiti. Others will join the Indian Ocean fleet at Port Réunion.

A naval spokesperson told Defense News that the exact destination for each ship had not yet been officially announced.
The order for these six ships is a continuation of a program to bolster France’s protection of its maritime regions. Three patrol vessels were delivered between 2016 and October 2019 to the Caribbean region and Guyana on South America’s northeastern coast. The three vessels were also built by Socarenam, which has sites in Calais, Dunkirk, Étaples and Saint-Malo.
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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 09:46 AM


New Israeli-made OPV voyages to Honduras

Alejandro Sanchez, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

12 December 2019



The Honduran navy's new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), General José Trinidad Cabañas (FNH-2021), is scheduled to arrive in the Central American nation by the end of the month or early January 2020.

The vessel departed an Israeli port on 5 December and is currently undertaking a 20-30 day voyage to the Puerto Cortes port, according to the Honduran navy.

The ship, which was built by Israel Shipyards, has a length of 62 m, displaces approximately 500 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 32 kts, and possesses a landing deck for a helicopter. It was launched in July.

General José Trinidad Cabañas will be used to combat drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and other maritime crimes in Honduran waters.

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Combat Boat 90HSM Is A Potent Platform

(Source: Swedish Defence Matériel Agency, FMV; issued Dec 18, 2019)

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The Swedish Armed Forces are marking the 30 years in service of the Combat Boat 90 as they received the first units of the latest version, HSM, of which they have ordered 18 for the Berga-based Amphibious Regiment. (FMV photo)

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the development in Sweden by FMV of the Combat Boat 90. The latest version is Combat Boat 90HSM with high performance and increased capability. Six have been delivered to FMV and deliveries will be made to the Swedish Armed Forces before the turn of the year. A total of 18 new HSM will be built, and the final delivery will take place in 2020.

Combat boat 90HSM has the same hull as its predecessors but is still a brand-new boat. From being more of a troop transport vehicle, it has now gained greatly enhanced efficiency and scouting ability as well as a platoon management system.

The new version has two new, more powerful engines from Scania as well as a new type of water jet that is much more efficient than the old ones. The boats are also equipped with interceptors, a kind of computer controlled trim plan, which improves the boat's performance and creates the opportunity for the soldiers to operate efficiently from the deck.

When the new design was developed, they worked hard to keep the weight down. By removing, for example, mine rails, front lavage, water tank and toilet, it was possible to install weapons station and management system. The weight calculation is based on the fact that a soldier today weighs 135 kg with his equipment.

“We can see that we have a boat with very high performance and good quality. It is a product that meets the high standards required to function in military operations,” says Fredrik Hyllengren, project manager for Combat Boat 90HSM.

The conditions for loading material on board have been improved by fixed cargo boxes, where pallets or load nets were previously used. Nowadays, every soldier can clasp their weapons in the transport compartment.

The boat has a remotely operated weapon station for a 12.7 mm machine gun or 40mm grenade launcher and a Ksp 58 coaxial machine gun. The weapon station is stabilized and has a good sensor fit, with both day and night capability, which results in long-range detection effectiveness. This means a large capability increase for the combat boat, and the same weapons station can also be used on other platforms, for example the Guard Boat 88.

In connection with the celebration of the Combat Boat’s 30 years at the Amphibious Regiment, based in Berga, company guidance boats and life-long combat boats were handed over to the Swedish Armed Forces. The boats will go directly into operation, and immediately contribute to the unit’s ability to carry out its tasks.

“We have a very good collaboration between FMV, the industry and the Swedish Armed Forces (PTK Amf). This contributes to the fact that we are now receiving very high-quality equipment, and will result in the Armed Forces in the near future getting very potent platforms that will remain in service until 2040,” says FMV project manager Fredrik Hyllengren.

Facts about Combat Boat 90HSM

-- The concept for Battle Boat 90 was developed by FMV in 1987 and the first boat was built two years later. Manufacturing takes place at the former family company N. Sundin Dockstavarvet AB, which since 2017 is part of Saab Kockums AB.
-- The aluminum hull is built in Finland.
-- Combat boat 90 replaced the older Type 200 troop transport boats.
-- Combat boat 90 is available in several versions of which HSM is the latest.
-- HSM stands for “Half Platoon, Protected and Modernized.”
-- The CB 90 HSM is 15 meters long and 3.8 meters wide. The draft is 0.9 meters.
-- Weight is 18 tons in standard configuration.
-- Max speed with maximum load is 40+ knots
-- It is powered by two Scania DI16 engines driving S32 mixed-flow water jets.
-- Saab Trackfire is the Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
-- Combat Boat 90 is also used by Finland, Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and the United States.
-- Over 250 Combat Boats 90 are in service worldwide, of which about 100 have been exported.
-- The most recent new order consists of 18 units Combat Boat 90HSM, which will be finalized by the end of 2020.
-- Combat boat 90HSM is manned by three people and can carry 18 soldiers.

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[*] posted on 23-12-2019 at 08:42 PM


U.S. Navy Gets New Heavily-Armed Port Patrol Boat


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By The Maritime Executive 12-19-2019 07:23:00

The U.S. Navy and Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark are nearing the end of the testing period for the new “40 PB” 43-foot patrol boat platform, and full-rate production is set to begin soon.

The design was developed as the replacement for the small 25-foot and 34-foot patrol boats operated by the Navy's Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) in ports and waterways around the world, and it was selected from a field of seven competitors. Metal Shark will soon be delivering one production boat per month; the firm holds an initial contract for 11 hulls, extending up to 50 with options. The existing fleet numbers about 100-160 vessels, and it is expected that the new design will replace these hulls over the next 15 years.

The new platform represents a departure from the Navy CRF patrol boats in current use. The Navy specified a "visual-deterrent" appearance for the new vessel, which the design satisfies with a futuristic and "menacing" faceted hull profile above the waterline. It is also conspicuously and heavily armed: the vessel is built with six MK 16 weapons foundations plus a large forward foundation for remotely-operated MK 49 / MK 50 weapons systems. This armament capability is nearly as formidable as that found aboard the new Mark VI patrol boat, a much larger vessel ordered as a replacement for the Navy's Riverine Command Boat. The 40 PB's pilothouse has ballistic protection for extended firefights and enough shock-mitigating seating for a crew of five.

With the extra firepower and survivability, the Navy hopes to expand the CRF patrol boats' mission profile. In addition to traditional port security and asset protection operations, the 40 PB is built to venture into hostile environments if needed.

The vessel’s hull form is designed to achieve 40-knot sprint speeds, with reduced operating costs at the 10-15 knot escort speeds where the 40 PB will spend the bulk of its life.
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Khulna Shipyard lays keel for five more Padma-class patrol vessels for Bangladeshi Navy

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

02 January 2020


A computer-generated image of a Padma-class patrol vessel. BN-owned Khulna Shipyard began constructing an additional five vessels of the class for the BN on 2 December. Source: ISPR

Bangladesh's Khulna Shipyard Ltd has begun construction of a second batch of five Padma-class patrol vessels on order for the Bangladeshi Navy (BN).

The navy said in a 3 December statement that a keel-laying ceremony for the 50.4 m-long vessels, which can reach a top speed of 23 kt, had been held the previous day at the company's facilities in Khulna. The ceremony was attended by Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, the BN's chief of naval staff, among others.

The service already operates five vessels of the class, all of which entered service in 2013. This first batch was built in Bangladesh by BN-owned Khulna Shipyard in collaboration with mainland China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding through the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Corporation (CSOC).

The contract for the second batch was signed with Khulna Shipyard on 20 May 2019, with the shipyard signing a new collaboration agreement with CSOC nine days later.

The Padma class, which as a crew complement of 31, including 5 officers, has a full-load displacement of 270 tonnes, an overall beam of 7.5 m, and a hull draught of 1.9 m. Each of the ships is armed with Norinco twin 37 mm naval guns and two 20 mm guns.

Separately, the BN announced on 22 December that it had decommissioned three days earlier its Chinese-made Yuch'in-class (Type 068/069) coastal survey ship BNS Tallashi, which entered service in 1983.

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Indonesia invites initial proposals for new OPV class

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

08 January 2020

Could be a good opportunity for ASC and their new OPV design for the Philippines...………...….???

Key Points

- Indonesia has kicked-off the procurement process for a new class of offshore patrol vessels
- The vessels will fill the perceived operational gap between the
Indonesian Navy’s patrol boats, and larger surface combatants

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is soliciting prequalification proposals from a select group of shipbuilders for a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) acquisition programme.

According to official documents that were provided to Jane’s by an industry source on 8 January, the programme will be worth some IDR1.09 trillion (USD79 million), and funds for the acquisition will be drawn from Indonesia’s national budget allocation for defence in 2020-22.

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Indonesia to start procurement of new class of offshore patrol vessels


An OPV design from Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL. Photo c/o PT PAL.

The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) has started requesting for proposals from selected shipbuilders for a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPV) it intends to acquire.

These new OPVs will be filling in gaps between the TNI-AL’s fleet of frigates and corvettes, and smaller patrol boats and fast missile attack crafts. The TNI-AL currently has no modern OPV in its fleet, although it has a large fleet of small surface combatants.

According to a report by IHS Jane's, the budget for the first ship of the class is said to be around IDR1.09 trillion (US$78 million), although no technical specifications were released to the public so far.

IHS Jane's previously reported that the TNI-AL is interested in procuring a first batch of around 4 ships, with an expected budget worth around US$340 million.

The ships are expected to be manufactured locally, and are expected to be around 80 meters long or more.

Among the expected mission profiles will include being a launching platform for unmanned aerial, surface and underwater vehicles.

These ships are expected to be funded by the Indonesian government between 2020 to 2024, although the first ship would have funding provided within 2020-2021.

In an interview with the Indonesian media, Deputy Defense Minister Wahyu Sakti Tenggono said that priority will be made to order two OPVs, together with two new large frigates.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2020 at 09:34 PM


Full-Rate Production Imminent for USN Next-Gen Patrol Boat

Metal Shark and the US Navy (USN) are nearing the end of the operational test and evaluation (OT&E) trial period for the Navy’s incoming standardized ‘40 PB’ patrol boat platform: full-rate production is now imminent, the company announced in mid-December.

Developed as the replacement for up to 160 patrol vessels deployed worldwide with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF), Metal Shark’s 40 DEFIANT design was selected in late 2017 from a field of seven competing shipbuilders.

Metal Shark produced two of the 40ft, welded-aluminum monohull pilothouse patrol boats for test and evaluation purposes, with Hull #001 first displayed at the 2018 International Workboat Show in New Orleans. As OT&E trials near completion, Metal Shark is preparing to commence full-rate production at Louisiana production facility. With a full slate of delivery orders in place, Metal Shark initially plans to deliver one completed unit to the Navy every four weeks.

This new platform represents a radical departure from the more conventional Navy CRF patrol boats now in use. Designed to address the vulnerabilities of traditional patrol boats while expanding the mission role of the 40 PB platform over its predecessor, the 40 DEFIANT delivers substantial increases in capabilities and firepower.

Metal Shark satisfied the Navy’s visual-deterrent requirements with a futuristic design featuring a chiseled and menacing profile and a uniquely faceted hull. The vessel flaunts its capability and bristles with armament. As configured for the Navy, the vessel features six MK 16 weapons foundations plus a large forward foundation for stabilized, remote operated, optically guided MK 49/MK 50 weapons systems.

Ballistic protection enables the 40 DEFIANT to sustain extended firefights, allowing crews to respond with overwhelming force to asymmetric threats such as swarm attacks while remaining secure and protected from hostile fire. The armoured, climate-controlled pilothouse has been configured to accommodate a crew of five in SHOXS 4800-series whole-body isolation suspension seats. The vessel delivers enhanced situational awareness and fleet connectivity through an advanced communications and sensor suite.

The versatility of the new platform will allow the Navy to expand the mission profile of the CRF patrol boats. The new vessels operate in permissive environments during asset protection and port security missions, but may also make forays into hostile environments and therefore carry a power projection capability far beyond that of a traditional force protection boat.

“The need for more advanced and capable vessels, designed to discourage asymmetric threats and to respond to them with overwhelming force, has led to the development of this radically different patrol boat platform,” explained Metal Shark’s CEO, Chris Allard. “While we designed the 40 DEFIANT to meet the US Navy’s PB-X mission requirements, this vessel is driving the evolution of our entire military patrol boat lineup and offers a glimpse into the future direction of military patrol.”

As configured for the Navy, the 40 DEFIANT is powered by twin Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel inboards, coupled via Twin Disc MG5065SC marine transmissions to Hamilton HTX30 water jets developed specifically for the Navy 40 PB programme.

The vessel’s mission-optimized hull form has been designed to achieve 40kt sprint speeds while displaying high dynamic stability across the full range of operating environments and simultaneously delivering enhanced handling and greatly reduced operating cost at the 10-15kt escort speeds at which the vessel will spend the bulk of its operational life.

“The 40 DEFIANT has been developed in concert with the US Navy to meet the evolving requirements of modern military engagement and it is the result of an unprecedented investment in testing and development,” Allard added. “Setting a new standard for military patrol boats, Metal Shark is delivering unmatched lethality, next-generation situational awareness, and greatly improved safety for our fighting forces, in a thoroughly tested platform that will be made available for other customers in other markets, in a range of styles and sizes.”


Menacing in appearance and bristling with light weaponry, the 40 DEFIANT brings new levels of flexible capability to US riverine forces. (Photo: Metal Shark)

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French Directorate-General for Armaments Awards Overseas Patrol Vessel Contract

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Jan 17, 2020)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


France has awarded a local shipyard consortium an order for six Overseas Patrol Vessels, two of which will be based at its overseas territories of Réunion Island, Tahiti and New Caledonia. (FR MoD photo)

On December 3, 2019, following the Nov. 19 Ministerial Investment Committee on during which Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, decided to launch this program, the President of the French Republic announced the order for six new Overseas Patrol Boats.

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) awarded the contract to the Socarenam / CNN MCO consortium on December 24, 2019. The six overseas patrol vessels (Patrouilleurs d’Outre-Mer, POM) will be delivered between 2022 and 2025.

This acquisition of these new vessels for the French Navy aims to improve the protection of overseas territories and their populations.

Two POMs will be based in three overseas territories: New Caledonia (Nouméa), Reunion (Port-des-Galets) and French Polynesia (Papeete). They will completely replace the older generation of patrol boats now in service.

In a context of growing threats to fishery resources, biodiversity and international rules of the law of the sea, France intends to fully exercise fully, in metropolitan France as well as overseas, its national sovereignty and responsibilities.

Overseas patrol vessels will carry out sovereignty and protection missions in France’s Exclusive Economic Zones, intervene against maritime pollution and in favor of the preservation of the environment, as well as for rescue missions and general assistance to local populations.

With extensive capabilities, they will be able to carry out missions of up to 30 days without refueling, with a crew of 30 sailors; they will be capable of embarking 23 passengers and of operating an aerial drone. Their armament will include a 20mm caliber remote-controlled turret and 12.7 and 7.62mm mountings.

Technical characteristics of Overseas Patrol Vessels
-- Length: 79.9 m
-- Beam: 11.8 m
-- Draft: 3.50 m
-- Displacement (empty/full load): 1158t / 1298t
-- Crew: 30 sailors and 23 passengers
-- Speed: 24 knots
-- Range: 5,500 nautical miles at 12 knots

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[*] posted on 23-1-2020 at 01:04 PM


French Customs Order OCEA FPB 100 MKII Patrol Boats

Posted On Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:28

The French shipyard OCEA, specialized in design, building and integrated logistic support of aluminium vessels, announced on January 20th the signing of a new contract for the French Customs.


A CGI of the OCEA FPB 100 MKII patrol boat ordered by the French Customs (Picture source: OCEA)

Two new OCEA FPB 100 MKII patrol boats have been ordered for Saint-Martin and Kourou, with an effective delivery date scheduled for early 2021. A third ship could also be ordered for Dunkerque.

The French Customs included for the first time in this 6 years contract support and maintenance services in the area of operation of the vessels.

The new patrol boats are very similar to the two vessels currently under the building at OCEA Shipyard: the DF 34 KALADJA (to be delivered soon in Pointe-à-Pitre) and the DF 35 SOKAN (to be positioned in Fort-de-France).

In addition to the highest performances, the French Customs requested some changes for these new ships and among them:

- The installation of a larger and faster RHIB: 7 m / 35 knots
- The integration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (rotary-wing) to increase the surveillance capabilities of the patrol boats
- The installation of a surveillance camera with higher performances for night vision

These vessels will allow the French Customs to participate in the commitments of the Paris Agreements by reducing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 30% compared with equivalent steel-hulled vessels.

In terms of specifications, OCEA FPB 100 MKII patrol boats have a total length of 32 m. With a cruising speed of 28 knots, the OCEA FPB 100 MKII patrol boats offer a range of 600 nm at 18 knots with a three-days endurance. The boat can accommodate 10 crew members + 4 passengers.
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[*] posted on 27-1-2020 at 09:01 PM


First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

24 January 2020


The RSNF’s first two HSI32s at the Ras Mishab naval base. Source: Saudi Ministry of Defence

The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces' (RSNF's) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January.

It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be delivered to the RSNF, with half of them built by the Zamil Shipyard in Dammam on Saudi Arabia's Gulf coast. The value of the contract and type of boats involved were not revealed at the time, but a launch ceremony held at CMN's Cherbourg yard in July 2019 revealed that at least two of them were HSI32s armed with Nexter 20 mm Narwhal remotely operated weapons.

These two boats (315 and 316) were seen in the photographs of the 23 January reception ceremony released by the MoD, which indicated that all 39 boats will be HSI32s.

The photographs also showed that the RSNF's base at Ras Mishab, about 50 km south of the Kuwaiti border, has been upgraded with a new breakwater and jetty to accommodate the new interceptors. The facility is the base for 34 m Halter-class coastal patrol boats and smaller craft.

In an apparent reference to the 10 Sikorsky MH-60R multirole helicopters that have been ordered for the RSNF, the MoD added that the Eastern Fleet would also receive new combat helicopters in the coming months.

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[*] posted on 27-1-2020 at 09:23 PM


Bangladesh’s CCDL invites EoIs for joint production of six OPVs

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

26 January 2020

The Bangladesh Navy (BN)-owned Chittagong Dry Dock Limited (CCDL) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) by 29 February from foreign shipbuilders for the joint production of six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the BN.

In a statement issued on 16 January by CCDL pointed out that each of the OPVs must be at least 85 m long, have an overall beam of about 14 m, a hull draught of no more than 4 m, and a full-load displacement of about 2,000 tonnes.

Each of the vessels will be required to feature a landing deck to embark a helicopter weighing up to 11 tonnes and of carrying two “mission-oriented containers”.

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[*] posted on 28-1-2020 at 12:21 PM


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MAN Energy Solutions to provide 175D-series engines for two RTN patrol vessels

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

28 January 2020

Germany-based company MAN Energy Solutions announced on 23 January that it has won a contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two new 41 m-long patrol vessels for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).


CGI imagery of the newest T-994-class patrol vessel on order for the RTN. The newest two vessels of the class will be powered by 175D-series engines from MAN Energy Solutions. (Marsun)

"Each vessel will be powered by two MAN 16V175D-MM, IMO Tier II engines, each rated at 2,960 kWm at 1,900 rpm," said the company in a statement, adding that the vessels, which are being built by Marsun Shipyard in Thailand, are set to be delivered to the RTN by August.

Although not specified by the company, the engines are meant to power the latest two T 994-class coastal patrol vessels ordered for the RTN. A keel-laying ceremony for the vessels was held on 14 November 2019 at Marsun's facilities in Thailand's Samut Prakan district.

As Jane's previously reported, these two vessels, which will be the fourth and fifth of the class, will be in service as T 997 and T 998 once commissioned,

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[*] posted on 6-3-2020 at 08:59 PM


Australia delivers sixth Guardian-class patrol boat

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

06 March 2020

Key Points

- Australia has handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to Fiji
- The programme to equip 13 countries with the vessel is on track for completion by October 2023

The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to Fiji.

The vessel, which is part of a 21-vessel donation by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, was handed over on 6 March at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.
The vessel will be in service with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces as RFNS Savenaca .

It is the sixth vessel in the Guardian class overall but the first of two boats that Fiji is receiving from Australia.

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