7th FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo delivered to Italian Navy

The frigate “Federico Martinengo” was delivered to Italian Navy in April 24 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the seventh of a series of 10 FREMM vessels of the FREMM program.

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According to official press release; “Federico Martinengo” is the seventh unit built by Fincantieri including the combat system, the third in multipurpose configuration after the “Carlo Bergamini” and the “Luigi Rizzo”, delivered to the Italian Navy respectively in 2013 and 2017. Reaching a length of 144 meters and with a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tons, the FREMM frigates represent technological excellence: designed to reach a maximum speed of 27 knots and to provide accommodation for 200 people (crew and staff), these vessels are able to always guarantee a high degree of flexibility and to operate in a wide range of scenarios and tactical situations.

The FREMM program, representing the European and Italian defence state of the art, stems from the renewal need of the Italian Navy line “Lupo” (already removed) and “Maestrale” (close to the attainment of operational limit) class frigates, both built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.
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The vessels “Carlo Bergamini” and “Virginio Fasan” have been delivered in 2013, the “Carlo Margottini” in 2014, the “Carabiniere” in 2015 and the “Alpino” in 2016. The Italian program has been fully implemented with the option exercised in April 2015, regarding the construction of the ninth and tenth vessel, whose delivery is scheduled after 2020.

Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49% Finmeccanica) acts as prime contractor for Italy in the initiative, while Armaris (DCNS + Thales) is prime contractor for France.

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India revealed P-17A frigate configuration at Defexpo 2018

Controlled by the Defence Ministry and specialised in the building of naval and offshore units, Mazagon Dock Ltd unveiled the configuration of Indian Navy Stealth Frigate Project 17A at Defexpo 2018 exhibition.

Project 17A is the follow-on of Project 17, which comprised three multi-role Shivalik class stealth frigates built at MDL between 2000 and 2010, for the Indian Navy. A total of seven ships will be built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). MDSL is building 4 ships in Mumbai while the remaining three are being constructed by GRSE in Kolkata. 

Shivalik 01 The first ship is expected to be commissioned by August 2022 and the last one is planned to be delivered to Navy in 2025. 

The project includes the construction of seven frigates of 149 meters length each and a displacement of 6,400 tonnes.

Power & PropulsionThe platform will be powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, and two MAN 12V28/33D STC diesels driving two shafts in a combined diesel or gas (CODOG) arrangement. Top speed is given as 28 kt, while range is 5,500 n miles at 16–18 kt or 1,000 n miles at 28 kt. Armament

The ship will be armed with launchers for the Indo-Israeli Barak-8 or Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) missile system, two of which are mounted forward while another two are installed with two clusters mounted forward and two mounted abaft the funnel, and one eight-cell BrahMos missile launcher unit located forward.

Anti-submarine weapons comprise a pair of rocket launchers that are an indigenous modification of the RBU 6000, and a pair of triple-tube torpedo launchers.

Armament includes a 76 mm Oto Melara gun and a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon systems sited at aft above the hangar. The ships will be equipped with two anti-torpedo decoy systems, and what appear to be four decoy launchers.

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Leander concept for Royal Navy Type 31e Frigate

Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have teamed up to compete for the Type 31e frigate programme with their ‘Leander’ concept. Cammell Laird will be the prime contractor with BAES providing the design and systems integration expertise.

Forming the centrepiece of the MoD’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme envisages the fast-track acquisition of a globally deployable but affordable frigate geared towards maritime security and defence engagement operations. A ceiling price of GBP250 million (USD350 million) per ship has been set for the first batch of five frigates, which are intended to enter RN service from 2023 to replace the five general purpose-roled Type 23 frigates.

CL project director, Tony Graham said  “In order to win this competition, we must be better, cheaper and faster than anyone else… fundamentally, we recognised that this ship has to work straight out of the box” MoD is expected to award the Type 31e contract in March 2019 and if the Leander bid was successful it could see steel cutting beginning on Merseyside in March 2020.

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The Leander design is evolved from the 3 Khareef-class corvettes built by BAE Systems in Portsmouth for the navy of Oman under a £400M contract between 2009-2014


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New Zealand frigate arrives in Canada for combat system and electronics upgrade

Canada has signed a formal contract with the New Zealand government for ship installation and trials to complete the upgrade and modernization of the ANZAC class frigates. The first of two frigates, Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE KAHA arrived in Victoria on March 6. 

Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for designing and supplying the upgraded combat system for each ANZAC Class Frigate, including a new combat management system.

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE KAHA arrived in Canada yesterday and HMNZS TE MANA is scheduled to arrive in 2019. Under Lockheed Martin Canada supervision and direction, Seaspan Shipyards will refit and install the new systems with an expected completion date of 2020 for the entire contract.

You can read Lockheed Martin official pres release here


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Plasan signs contract with BAE Systems to provide armour for the Type 26 Frigate fleet

Israeli firm Plasan announced that they have signed a contract with BAE Systems, to provide armour for the Type 26 Frigate fleet.

The new Type 26 Frigate designed and built by BAE Systems is the new class selected for the replacement of eight anti-submarine frigates of the Duke class currently in service with the Royal Navy.

Plasan is expected to begin the production of armour for the first three vessels of the class this year under the arrangement.

Official press release here


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India to procure four Admiral Grigorovich Class Frigates from Russia

India and Russia have finalized the procurement contract for 4 Admiral Grigorovich Frigates.

Two Project 11356 frigates are planned to be built at the Yantar Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in Kaliningrad. The remaining ships will be built at the Goa Shipyard in India. The deliveries of the ships will start within four years since the sealing of the relevant contract.

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The Indian Navy operates six Project 11356 frigates delivered in 2004-2013. Therefore, service will get a total of ten ships of this class.

The frigates are similar to the Russian Talwar class (Project 11356) already deployed by the Indian Navy. The Talwar-class are in turn the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates. The Project 11356 frigates to be sold to India will be likely armed with BrahMos supersonic anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles jointly developed by India and Russia.

Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Type 26 Frigate

Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow.

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The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind and a key feature which sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay. The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System, will enable efficient movement of craft and containerised mission packages within the mission bay. It also features a launch and recovery capability.

Each ship will feature two Rolls-Royce fixed bolted propellers, designed for extremely low underwater-radiated noise, suited to the ships’ key role of anti-submarine warfare.

You can read Rolls Royce press release here.

Fincantieri FREMM evolving into US Navy FFG(X)

The US Navy awarded to Fincantieri’s subsidiary Marinette Marine a $15M contract to evolve its FREMM-design into the next-generation frigate of the FFG(X) program.

Currently, 6 FREMM frigates are in service with the Italian Navy and have successfully completed multi-role missions world-wide. The units of the FREMM class have also been chosen in Australia for the final stage of the SEA5000 tender to acquire 9 Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

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According to Fincantieri press release; Fincantieri Marinette Marine has teamed with Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems to evolve FREMM to U.S. design standards. This wholly American team will develop a ship design, which, in case of award of the construction contract, would be built at Fincantieri shipyards in the US, where, over the past 9 years the company has developed a highly skilled workforce, an extensive supply chain and expertise in building ships to US Navy standards.

Vietnam Navy commissions 2 Gepard-class frigates

The ceremony took place at the Cam Ranh naval base on 06 February 2018. “The moment the new combat ships entered combat duty heralded a major phase in upgrading the Vietnamese Navy, enhancing its combat capability and making a decisive contribution to strengthening the protection of the country’s maritime borders,” the commander of Vietnam’s 4th Naval Region, Rear Admiral Pham Van Hoanh said at the ceremony.

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The ships were the last two of the four Gepard class frigates (Project 11661) built for Vietnam.

The two latest vessels of the Gepard-class will be fitted with an enhanced anti-submarine warfare suit, including two twin 533 milometer torpedo tubes, depth charges, and an RBU-6000 12-barreled anti-submarine rocket launcher. The ships also feature modern electronic warfare and sonar suits, and a flight deck that can accommodate a Ka-28 or a Ka-31 Helix naval helicopter.

The 1,500-ton Gepard-class frigates will also be armed with the Uran-E shipborne missile system firing Kh-35E anti-ship missiles, a 76.2 mm AK-176M gun, as well as two fully-automated AK-630M 30 mm gun systems used for protection against enemy anti-ship missiles.

Furthermore, the ships will be equipped with the Palma anti-aircraft gun-missile system consisting of two 30 mm six-barrel AO-18KD/6K30GSh automatic cannons and up to eight Sosna-R laser-guided hypersonic surface-to-air missiles.

 

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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