Hanwha Ocean offers variant of KSS-III submarine for Philippine Navy's requirements

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A computer-generated image of Hanwha Ocean's KSS-III-derived proposal for the Philippine Navy's submarine programme. (Hanwha Ocean)

Hanwha Ocean has unveiled its latest, stepped-up proposal submitted for the Philippine Navy's (PN's) two-boat submarine requirement.

A computer-generated image (CGI) of the proposal, which has been dubbed as the Jangbogo-III PN submarine, was provided to Janes on 19 September ahead of a media release on the same day.

The vessel is derived from the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) KSS-III submarine, which has been designed and constructed by Hanwha Ocean. The proposed vessel has a surface displacement of about 2,800 tonnes, with an overall length of 77 m, and an overall beam of 9.7 m.

“Building upon the success of the Korean navy's (RoKN's) Jangbogo-III submarines, Hanwha Ocean's proposal, the Jangbogo-III PN (Philippine Navy), offers a proven platform that delivers unparalleled operational capability,” according to a company statement.

“This advanced submarine is equipped with the latest propulsion system and lithium-ion battery technology ensuring the Philippines' enhanced defence capability to safeguard its sovereign and strategic maritime interests,” the statement added.


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Bundeswehr completes laser weapon demonstrator trials at sea

by Kate Tringham

The laser weapon demonstrator installed on the German Navy's F 124 air-defence frigate FGS Sachsen will inform further development of operational laser weapon systems. (MBDA)

The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) has successfully completed an extended laser weapon trial at sea onboard the Germany Navy's F 124 air-defence frigate FGS Sachsen.

Announcing the milestone on 22 September Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (RWM) said the laser weapon demonstrator (LWD) had performed more than 100 test-firings onboard Sachsen during 2022/2023 in a range of increasingly complex scenarios, which proved that a laser is capable of successfully engaging targets in a maritime environment.

The LWD, which is scalable to up to 20 kW, was developed, built, and integrated by RWM in partnership with MBDA Deutschland under a contract awarded by Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in mid-2020.

Under the ARGE industrial partnership arrangement, Rheinmetall was responsible for the laser weapon station, beam director, cooling, and packaging of the laser weapon system, while MBDA Deutschland was responsible for tracking, the operator console, and integrating the LWD to the ship's combat management system.

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Type 31 first-of-class launch slipped to gain benefit of covered build

by Richard Scott

HMS Venturer seen under construction in Rosyth in July 2023. (Crown Copyright)

Babcock will delay the launch of the UK Royal Navy's first Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate to maximise the benefit of outfitting under cover.

The future HMS Venturer, which was originally planned to be in the water before the end of 2023, will now not be launched from Babcock's new Rosyth shipbuilding facility until the first half of 2024, Janes has been told.

Babcock – leading the Team 31 industry consortium with Thales, OMT, and BMT – was in November 2019 awarded a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.52 billion) design and build contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the five-ship Type 31 frigate programme. The Arrowhead 140 ship design selected for Type 31 is an adaptation of the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate platform in service with the Royal Danish Navy.

The MoD has earlier stated that the Type 31 first-of-class was “expected in the water in 2023”. However, John Howie, Babcock's chief corporate affairs officer and interim chief executive – marine, told Janes the company was now looking to launch the lead ship in “next spring [2024]”.


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First two Turkish Navy Akhisar-class OPVs launched

by Cem Devrim Yaylali

The first two Akhisar-class OPVs for the Turkish Navy were launched at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on 23 September. (Devrim Yaylali)

The first pair of Akhisar (modified MILGEM)-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) under construction for the Turkish Navy were launched at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on 23 September.

First steel for first-of-class Akhisar (P 1220) was cut in August 2021, and work on second ship Koçhisar (P 1221) started in November 2022. Under current planning, Akhisar is scheduled to be delivered on 9 June 2024, followed by Koçhisar on 9 October 2024.

Based on a modified MILGEM design with a ‘fitted for but not with' concept, the class has an overall length of 99.56 m, a beam of 14.42 m, a draft of 3.77 m, and a full load displacement of 2,300 tonnes.

The ships are powered by a combined diesel-electric or diesel (CODELOD) hybrid propulsion system, consisting of four diesel generators and two electric motors driving two shafts with controllable pitch propellers. The OPVs will have a maximum speed of 24 kt and a range of 4,500 n mile at 12 kt.


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