The First ship of Russian Navy Project 22160 Corvette Started Sea Trials

The first project 22160 corvette, Vasily Bykov, started sea trials in April to join service this year. The Black Sea Fleet is to receive six patrol ships of the class by 2020.

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JSC Zelenodolsk plant is building six patrol ships of the Project 22160 class that is named after A. M. Gorky and intended for use by the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet command. The vessels are designed by Russian ship designing firm JSC Severnoye Design Bureau.

The vessels are primarily intended for duties such as patrol, monitoring and protection in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and territorial waters of Russia in open and closed seas. It can also be used to offer protection for ships in transit, water areas as well as naval bases against enemy attack in wartime.

Other missions of the patrol ship are search and rescue, assistance to disaster victims, environmental monitoring, and combat smuggling and piracy activities.

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The vessel is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m-high. Patrol speed: 16 knots. Maximum speed: 30 knots. Displacement:1,700-1,800 tons (according to different sources). Endurance: 60 days. Range: 6,000 miles at patrol speeds. Complement: up to 80. The sailors will be quite at home in special design cabins. They’ll have a gym with basketball nets, a library and a sauna.

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Future Qatar Navy Vessels by Fincantieri

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has unveiled the new designs  which will be built for the Qatari Navy at DIMDEX 2018.

The contract that has been signed in August 2017 between Qatar Navy and Fincantieri is worth almost 4 billion euros and includes the supply of seven surface ships, four corvettes with lengths of over 100 meters, an amphibious ship, two patrol boats and support services in Qatar for more 15 years after the delivery of the units.

The steel-cutting of the lead ship is planned to commence in June 2018, with delivery scheduled for 2021. The corvettes, along with the OPVs and LPD, will be built in Italy.



The corvettes will be large, with a length of 107 m, a full load displacement of 3,250 tonnes, and crews of 112. Although the design of the superstructure has yet to be finalised, the ships will have enclosed bows as well as hangars and flight decks for the NH90 helicopters Qatar has ordered.

The two OPVs – each with a displacement of 670 tons – will have AShW capabilities through two dual-cell Exocet MM40 Block-III AShM and short-range air defence coverage through the MBDA MICA-VL (via two quad-cell VLS). It appears that the OPVs’ design elements, which emphasize low radar-cross section, make it more of a conventional corvette than a traditional OPV.



The LPD is expected to be a variant of the 9,000-ton LPD Fincantieri had built for the Algerian Navy, the Kalaat Beni-Abbes. The Kalaat Beni-Abbes has a crew of 160 and can carry 400 soldiers, 15 main battle tanks or 30 light-armoured vehicles with three medium-weight utility helicopters on its flight deck. This LPD will provide Qatar with an expeditionary element that it can apply for humanitarian and disaster relief and coalition support missions.


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Russia to Lay Down 6th Project 22160 Corvette

The Zelenodolsk shipbuilding yard in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan has held a keel-laying ceremony for its 6th Project 22160 patrol ship on 13 January 2018

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said project 22160 was designed for counterterrorist operations and the fight against sea piracy which is widely spread in the Middle East area. “The project was designed to protect the seas without escorting civilian vessels and spending the resource of warships on that. We ordered six such corvettes,” he said.

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The Project 22160 ships are intended for economic zone patrol, search-and-rescue operations, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, environmental monitoring, as well as coastal defense and escort service, according to the shipyard. They have a speed of 30 kt, range of 6,000 nautical miles and are armed with a single 57mm cannon, heavy machine guns, air defense system and missile launchers.

Featuring modular design, the Project 22160-class patrol ship is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m- high, has a standard displacement of 4,550t, and can accommodate up to 80 personnel.

Egypt Received Pohang-Class Corvette from South Korea

A former Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) Flight III Pohang-class corvette was transferred to Egypt.

A Pohang-class corvette presented by the government of South Korea to Egypt arrived at the Alexandria, Ras El-Teen naval base on October 26, 2017. Once the Corvette entered Egyptian naval service, it was named ENS Shabab Misr (Youth of Egypt).

The Pohang-class corvette is a class of general purpose corvettes. They have served in a coastal defense role during the late Cold War and post Cold War period. A total of 24 Pohang-class vessels were built by South Korean shipyards Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. They are also known under their commercial name: HDC 1000 / Jupiter II.

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Abu Dhabi Class Corvette Sea Trial

The “Abu Dhabi class” is 88 meters long with a 12 metre beam, has a full load displacement of 1650 tons, can reach a speed of 25 knots with a range of more than 3000 nautical miles at 14 knots (thanks to 2 diesel engines of 7000 kW each) and can accommodate a crew of about 70.

The corvette also has a flight deck and hangar for one small-to-medium sized helicopter and its armament includes an Oto Melara SUPER RAPIDO 76/62 mm gun turret and two Oto Melara MARLIN 30 mm gun turret.

Gowind 2500 Corvette Sea Trial

Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS ELFATEH will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in Egypt. This vessel is the first of the four units ordered by the Egyptian Navy.

This vessel, ten units ordered so far, 4 for Egypt and 6 for Malaysia, complements the group’s extensive range of surface ships and submarines.

Egypt Navy’s new corvette and submarine arrived in Alexandria

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced that the Egyptian Navy’s first DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette (the Elfateh) and second (S 42) Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) arrived at a naval facility at Alexandria on October 18.

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According to a statement by the Egyptian navy, the submarines have a range of 11.000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1.400 tonnes.

Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.

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The Gowind 2500 displaces at 2,600-tons and is armed with a 76-mm main gun, two 20-mm cannons, two quad-cell MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles (AShM), two-triple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 16-cell SYLVER A35 vertical-launch system (VLS). The SYLVER VLS can house surface-to-air missiles (SAM) such as the MBDA MICA-VL (20 km) and MBDA Sea Ceptor (25+ km).

During the trip to Egypt, the corvette participated in a drill with the French navy in the Atlantic ocean. The deal is part of the armed forces support for “combat and technical capabilities” of naval forces, according to the Egyptian army official spokesperson.

Egypt has four Gowind 2500 corvettes on order under a €1 billion order from France in 2015 and four TKMS Type 209/1400 SSKs from Germany in 2012.

1st ship of Russia’s 20385 Corvette Program, Gremyashchy has been launched

“Gremyaschy”, the first of 20385 Corvette Project  was launched at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard  in St. Petersburg on June 30, 2017.

According to the Northern Shipyard, a Project 20385 corvette has a displacement of 2,500 tonnes, a length of 106 m, a width of 13 m, a speed of up to 27 knots, a cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles, an endurance of 15 days and a crew of 99 naval servicemen. Its armament suite incorporates a 100 mm A-190-01 naval gun, two 30 mm AK-630M close-in weapon systems (CIWS), a Kalibr-NKEh missile system, a Redut naval surface-to-air (SAM) missile system, a Paket anti-submarine system and a Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare shipborne helicopter. The ship is powered by two 1DDA-12000 diesel-diesel engines by JSC Kolomna Plant.

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The corvette`s harbor acceptance test is scheduled for August with its delivery to Russia`s Ministry of Defence by end-2018.

4th Ship of Turkish MİLGEM Project has been launched

Future TCG Kınalıada (F-514) has been launched on 3rd of July with a ceremony in Istanbul Naval Shipyard.

The first ship of the indigenous project TCG Heybeliada (F-511) has been in the service for six years. And the Turkish Navy is planning to get 4 more of this class with some differences. The new class is named as Istanbul Class Frigate. In the ceremony the first welding has been done of the first ship of this new class.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at a ceremony held to mark the launch of the Kınalıada. President Erdoğan said: “We will continue to increase the number of projects that are of critical importance in terms of our national security. We have ten more projects the contracts of which will be signed in the upcoming years. All these developments reflect the importance we attach to finding maritime solutions to the threats emerging in the region our country is located in. We are determined to build our aircraft carrier, too.”

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Stressing that the advantages of living in an age when information spreads very quickly and access to information gets easier and easier with every passing second should be used very well, President Erdoğan stated major responsibilities fall to every organization on this issue, including state institutions, private sector, system suppliers, SMEs, etc.

President Erdoğan also underlined that Turkey should now upgrade to an upper level in defence industry and thus “become a country that doesn’t follow but is followed, doesn’t consume but produces, and leads the innovation.”

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