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Article Warships Global Update Oct2012

Article Warships Global Update Oct2012

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SURFACE WARSHIPS GLOBAL PROCUREMENT UPDATE: new navy development in worldwide
SURFACE WARSHIPS GLOBAL PROCUREMENT UPDATE: new navy development in worldwide

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 As global defence ministries give increased importance to small and economical surface combatants such as frigates and corvettes,Defence IQ explores the most recent and notable developments in national warship programmes.
Market studies have shown that demand for these types of surface warships has increased due to theirlow cost, low displacement and multi-tasking capabilities. The advanced weapons and communicationsystems integrated on these small combatants facilitate the effective performance of multiple tasks suchas destruction of enemy combat ships, search and destruction of enemy submarines, anti-air warfare andfire support. As such, many nations are looking to flesh out their fleets, and news on developments isfruitful.
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October 2012Find out what’s new in:
Surface Warships 201330 – 31 January 2013, Madrid, Spainwww.SurfaceWarships.com 
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The Russian Navy has reportedly tested its fourthKirov-class nuclear-powered battlecruiser
Pyotr Veliky 
in review of its missile defence capability.The warship (formerly the
Yuri Andropov 
)is designed to intercept and counter ballistic missileattacks from air or sea, forming a vital part of theRussian defence shield.Armed with 48 S-300F Fort and 46 S-300FM Fort-Mmedium-range surface-to-air missiles with a range of 200 kilometres, the onboard radars are capable of detecting and tracking aerial targets at an altitude of 30 km and a range of 300 km.The frigate can carry up to three Kamov Ka-27PL orKa-25RT helicopters, as well as over 700 personnel,and has a cruising speed of 31k.Following the trials, a source at the defence ministrywas quoted as saying:"The missile defence drills in the Arctic are veryimportant because they cover the trajectories of potential strikes by land-based US ballistic missiles.“Russia plans to reintroduce three previouslyscrapped Kirov class vessels by 2020.Meanwhile, work on the $1.2 billion contract for twonew Mistral class ships is underway in France.Both of the amphibious assault ships currently inproduction in France are to be augmented with a fullcontingent of 30 Ka-52K and Ka-29 helicopters.The intention of the air wing structureis to ensurequick rotation of helicopters in the event of emergency maintenance or combat loss.In addition, the ships are capable of carrying up to 70armoured vehicles, four amphibious landing vessels
and 450 crew members.Variance in operational tasks will impact the numberof helicopters on board at any given time.Introduction of the first Mistral is scheduled for 2015and will see service in Russia’s Northern and Pacificfleets.Two more of the ships are also due to be built, withan anticipated share of construction weighted 80% inRussia and 20% in France.
Defence IQ
Russia makes progress on cruiser fleet modernisation
Surface Warships 201330 – 31 January 2013, Madrid, Spainwww.SurfaceWarships.com 
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The Iranian Navy is in the process of major navalconstruction, including development of new lightfrigates, according to press reports from Tehran.Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, chief commander of the Navy, told reporters this month that indigenouslybuilt Moudge class vessels are part of themodernisation project.This class of vessel is understood to be based on theoriginal Alvand class light patrol frigates, which hadpreviously built by and in service with the UK RoyalNavy as the Vosper Mk V (or Saam) in the 1960s. Of the four original Alvand ships, three remain in servicetoday.Within Iran, the Moudge class is designated as adestroyer. With a displacement of over 1,500 tons,and a length of 94 metres, it is capable of carrying asingle medium-sized helicopter (currently a Bell212/214) and operates 324 mm light torpedoes foranti-submarine warfare at a range of 30km.Surface-surface weapons include the Noor missile,representing the first Chinese export of the C-802,with an operational range of 170km. Earlier this year,the missile saw wargame test launches with newfeatures, including jam-resistant radarand advancedtarget acquisition.Of the vessels,
has been in service since2010, but by current scheduling, the plan is to launchthe second Moudge class frigate of its kind, known as
, by March 2013, and will be based at theport town of Bandar Anzali.According to Sayyari,
will offer highercapabilities than its predecessor such as the possibleinclusion of enhanced C-803 missiles.The frigate developments mark a major point of interest in Iran’s expansion of its naval presence.The news follows the annual joint force exerciseinvolving several naval powers, including Britain,Saudi Arabia and the United States, whichdemonstrated a show of force in the Strait of Hormuz believed to be in efforts to deter Iranianaggression in the region.It is felt that the narrow body of water, throughwhich 35 per cent of the world’s oil trade transitions,is a likely target for Iran to attempt to block off in theevent of a dispute.
Defence IQ
Iran building new “destroyers”
Surface Warships 201330 – 31 January 2013, Madrid, Spainwww.SurfaceWarships.com 

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