Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong the Great: Modern Destroyers - Part 1

Heirs to the destroyers that appeared at the end of the 19th century to fight against the torpedo boats that threatened large ships of the line such as cruisers and later battleships, the modern destroyer is an imposing surface combat ship, often more of 7000 tons, equipped with a powerful armament, a great versatility, and capable of escorting major units such as aircraft carriers as well as conducting land strikes or interdiction missions. If the classification remains vague and unsystematic with on the one hand the lighter and more specialized frigates, and on the other hand the heavier cruisers and able to…

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Unsurprisingly, Berlin is getting closer to the acquisition of American P8A Poseidon

Asked by a parliamentarian about the replacement of the P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft still in service with the German forces, the representative of the Ministry of Defense to the Bundestag, Thomas Silberhorn, declared that the Ministry did not consider the French offer relating to an interim solution based on the loan of 4 Atlantique 2 aircraft from the French Navy as a solution adapted to the needs of the German armed forces in this area, while the acquisition of 5 Boeing P8A Poseidon meets the operational expectations of the State -German Major. According to him, the negotiations for the acquisition of these devices, a contract evaluated by the…

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What are modern Corvettes worth?

During the Second World War, corvettes were ships of limited tonnage, 1000 tons for the very prolific Flower class of the Royal Navy, intended to escort convoys against underwater threats and secure the coasts. Over the years, corvettes disappeared from the majority of large modern navies, replaced by heavier and more versatile frigates or less expensive missile patrol boats, while the threat on the coasts faded and that anti-submarine warfare needs were dealt with more by the submarines themselves, and maritime patrol aircraft. However, in recent years,…

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The US Navy wants to quickly arm and specialize its Littoral Combat Ship

At the end of the 90s, two officers of the US Navy, Vice-Admiral Art Cebrowski and Commander Wayne Hughes, developed the concept of "Streetfighter", a light combat ship (1000 tons), well armed, maneuverable and economical. (less than $100m per unit), to advantageously replace part of the OH Perry frigate fleet and even certain destroyers in the inventory of the US fleet. These ships compensated for their low tonnage by their number, and should make it possible to meet the deployment needs of the US Navy, particularly in low and medium intensity zones. This concept quickly evolved into the definition of a new type of ship, the Littorals…

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The Chinese Navy takes delivery of its 72nd and last Type 056 corvette

The Chinese Navy announced that it had accepted the 72nd corvette of the Type 056 model into service a few days ago. The Nanyang, hull number 619, is a 1.300-ton corvette of the Type 056A version, specializing in coastal anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare. It is also the 72nd and last unit of this very prolific class, whose construction will have spanned barely ten years, and which today constitutes one of the pillars of the renewal of the Chinese Navy. The Type 056A corvettes, which now total 51 units, are 90-meter-long ships served by a…

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These 5 capabilities that make the FDI Belh @ rra frigates indispensable in Greece

If the file around the order of 18 Rafale planes by Greece was negotiated in just a few weeks, the one surrounding the possible transfer of French frigates to the Hellenic Navy has been dragging on for more than a decade. The progress recorded at the beginning of the year around the acquisition of the 2 FDI Belh@rra frigates from Naval Group, in a standard identical to those ordered by the French Navy, were swept away during the summer by negotiations, it seems. it risky on the French side, having led Greece to consider other options, such as ordering new, less expensive frigates from the Netherlands or Germany. Without going into detail…

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An announcement full of promise for the French offshore patrol program

On June 10, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces announced the launch of the program for the design and construction of 10 offshore patrol boats to take over from the venerable PHMs, A69 avisos retrofitted for this mission in the 90s, and which now exceed 40 years of service. This program is the last part of a very eventful BATSIMAR program aimed at replacing the patrol boats of the French Navy. If no information is obviously available today concerning the precise configuration of these 10 ships, the design phase having not yet started, several announcements suggest interesting prospects in terms of…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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SAAB's new lightweight torpedo is set to revolutionize coastal anti-submarine warfare

Last week, Sweden's SAAB announced that it had fired its new SLWT (Saab Lightweight Torpedo) torpedo for the first time, both from a Visby corvette and from a Swedish Navy Gotland-class submarine. Called Torped 47 in the Swedish Navy, the SLWT has already been exported to Finland. The torpedo should be operational on surface ships at the end of 2022, and in early 2023 on Swedish submarines. Subsequently, Saab hopes to be able to sell its new torpedo to other countries in the Baltic Sea region, but also in Asia-Pacific where certain coastal navies…

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Northrop Grumman unveils a mini-torpedo designed for the MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV and Virginia-class attack submarines

The American company Northrop Grumman recently unveiled a mini-torpedo called Very Lightweight Torpedo, or VLWT, based on a design developed by the US Navy. This new ultralight torpedo should be offered under the CRAW (Compact Rapid Attack Weapon) program aimed at developing a lightweight torpedo capable of acting as a "hard-kill" self-defense weapon for attack submarines of the Virginia class. However, beyond underwater applications, Northrop Grumman plans to fully exploit the potential of its ultra-lightweight torpedo by integrating it on board its MQ-8C Fire Scout naval drone. For Northrop Grumman, this would then be an opportunity to offer a real naval UCAV (combat drone)...

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