JMSDF Commissions its First 25DD-class Asahi ASW Destroyer
NBC Nagasaki reports that the latest 25DD class anti-submarine destroyer, the JS Asahi, was officially delivered to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Nagasaki shipyard. Yutaka Murakawa, the JMSDF chief of staff, led the commissioning ceremony in front of the ship’s 220 crew members and other JMSDF officials.
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DIMDEX 2018: Qatari Navy Showcasing its Future Air Defense LPD
At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference held this week in Qatar, the Qatari Navy was showcasing for the very first time a scale model of its future air defense LPD.
The LPD design selected by the Qatari Navy has a length of 142.90 meters, a maximum breadth of 21.50 meters, a draft of 5.40 meters for a full load displacement of 8,800 tons.
In terms of weapon systems, the LPD will be close in configuration to the Kalaat Béni Abbès-class: It will be fitted with a 76mm main gun by Leonardo, 16x VLS cells for ASTER 30 surface to air missiles (by MBDA), four Marlins 30mm remote weapon stations (Leonardo). No anti-ship missile launchers are present on the vessel, however the embarqued NH90 NFH will be able to deploy Marte ER (MBDA).
Leonardo is responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system (Athena), main radar system (Kronos) and on-board sensors and defence sub-systems, including the fire control system. The LPD is set to be fitted with the same L-band radar currently being developed by Leonard for the Italian Navy future LHD.
Four Sylena Mk2 decoy launchers by Lacroix will protect the vessels against anti-ship missile threats.
The LPD was designed to provide long range defense to the future Qatari Navy fleet, and deploy with the corvettes. It will act as the radar node for the air defence corvettes and their ASTER 30 missiles.
DIMDEX 2018: Fincantieri Unveils Qatari Navy OPV Design
At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Qatar, Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri is showcasing for the first time the design of the Offshore Patrol Vessel ordered by the Qatari Navy.
The OPV design selected by the Qatari Navy has a length of 63 meters, a maximum breadth of 9.20 meters, a draft of 2.60 meters for a full load displacement of 670 tons
DIMDEX 2018: Fincantieri Unveils Qatari Navy Air Defense Corvette Design
The corvette design selected by the Qatari Navy has a length of 107 meters, a maximum breadth of 14.70 meters, a draft of 4.20 meters for a full load displacement of 3250 tons.
In terms of weapon systems, the corvettes will be fitted with a 76mm main gun by Leonardo, 16x VLS cells for ASTER 30 surface to air missiles (by MBDA), two Marlins 30mm remote weapon stations (Leonardo), 8x Exocet MM40 Block III (MBDA) and RAM launcher (21 missiles) by Raytheon for short range air defense.
DIMDEX 2018: BAE Systems Showcasing Type 31e Frigate Design for the 1st Time
At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Doha, Qatar, BAE Systems is showcascing for the very first time the proposed design for the Type 31e frigate competition in the UK. BAE Systems has brought together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the contract to deliver Type 31e, the UK’s adaptable general purpose frigate.
DIMDEX 2018: Qatar Inks Contract for 28 NH90 Helicopters
The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has announced a contract today for the purchase of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters. The deal was announced during the DIMDEX Exhibition in Doha in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti and Leonardo Chief Executive Officer Alessandro Profumo.
The overall programme is valued at more than €3 billion to the NHI consortium, and includes 16 NH90 TTH for land operations, 12 NH90 NFH for naval missions, a comprehensive support, maintenance training services package and associated infrastructure. The programme could be further extended in the future with the addition of 6 + 6 units in a mix of TTH and NFH variants. Leonardo will act as overall prime contractor with responsibility for programme management, final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice – Tessera facility in Northern Italy and an eight-year support and training services package for crews and maintenance technicians. Meanwhile Airbus will be responsible for the final assembly of the16 NH90 TTH aircraft. Deliveries are expected to start before June 2022 and to continue through to 2025. Leonardo will also supply, contribute to and integrate various equipment, avionics and sensors.
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