Indo Defence 2022: Indonesia prepares to cut steel on first ‘Red White' frigate

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A computer-generated rendering of the Arrowhead 140 design, which is the basis for Indonesia's 'Red White' frigate programme. (Babcock)

Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL is preparing to start work on the country's first Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate and will hold a steel-cutting ceremony for the ship in November 2022, the company has confirmed.

Speaking to Janes at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta, CEO of PT PAL Kaharuddin Djenod said that the project has been branded as the ‘Red White' frigate programme after the colours of the Indonesian flag to reflect the vessels' status as locally built warships.

The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) signed a preamble contract for a variant of the Iver Huitfeldt frigate with PT PAL in April 2020.

However, the two-ship contract only became effective from 24 May 2021. Following this, UK defence group Babcock announced in September 2021 that it has signed a licence agreement to provide PT PAL with the Arrowhead 140 design for the two ships.

In turn, Babcock's Arrowhead 140 design is based on the Royal Danish Navy's three-ship Iver Huitfeldt class, which were commissioned between January and November 2011.

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India to commission second nuclear submarine by end of 2024

by Oishee Majumdar & Ridzwan Rahmat

India's second nuclear submarine, Arighat . (Janes)

India's second nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) will be commissioned in the next few months, Janes understands.

The vessel, which will be in service as INS Arighat once commissioned by end 2024, is going to be formally inducted almost seven years after it was launched.

According to Janes data, Arighat was launched in Visakhapatnam in November 2017. It has a length of 111.6 m, beam of 11 m, draught of 9.5 m, and a displacement of 6,000 tonnes.

Arighat is one of three SSBNs that have been launched by India. First-of-class INS Arihant was launched in July 2009 and commissioned in August 2016, while a third yet-to-be-named vessel was launched in November 2021.

Built at the Indian Navy's Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Vishakhapatnam, Arighat is powered by an 82.5 MW pressurised light water reactor (LWR) developed with Russian assistance. The submarine can achieve a top speed of 24 kt, and a surfaced speed of 10 kt.

The submarine is armed with 12 K-15 Sagarika submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), developed by India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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Team Calibre established to bid for Type 31 Through Life Support

by Richard Scott

UK Royal Navy Type 31 general-purpose frigate design (artist's impression). The MoD is expected to launch the competition for Type 31 TLS in late 2024. (Babcock)

KBR, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, and V Group have allied to bid for the delivery of through-life support (TLS) for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new Type 31 frigates.

Announcing the formation of Team Calibre on 22 May, the three companies said their alliance would marry V Group's technical capabilities from commercial shipping with the extensive complex programme delivery and technical expertise of KBR and Frazer-Nash. An industry competition for the TLS contract is expected to start later in 2024.

Five Type 31 Inspiration-class frigates are on order from Babcock, with first-of-class HMS Venturer planned to enter front-line service in 2027 and all five delivered by 2030. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in November 2023 announced its intention to contract for “an efficient and economically viable Type 31 support solution that achieves the high levels of [platform] availability required to sustain operations at the intensity and global range that the UK's defence commitments demand”.

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New Zealand begins repair work on Te Kaha-class frigate after berthing accident

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMNZS Te Kaha , seen here while it was in the Singapore Strait. The frigate has sustained damage to its hull after a berthing accident, and repair work is ongoing. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

New Zealand has begun work on its lead Te Kaha (Anzac)-class frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha , after the vessel was damaged during a berthing attempt on 16 May.

In response to questions from Janes , a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) spokesperson disclosed on 27 May that the frigate was attempting to berth at Kauri Point in Auckland when its bow came into contact with the wharf as a result of “near gale-force winds”.

As a result of the contact, Te Kaha sustained minor damage to its bow, the NZDF spokesperson said, further adding that it was “a small, 60 cm split” in the hull above the waterline.

“No personnel were injured in the incident. Port of Auckland tugs were in attendance at the time, assisting the ship to berth,” the spokesperson noted.

Since then Te Kaha

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