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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Scottish shipyards seek more clarity over future naval ship orders

by Kate Tringham

The decision to award the FSS programme to the international consortium ‘Team Resolute' is seen an example of a shift in the UK government's approach to warship procurement. (Team Resolute)

A UK parliamentary select committee has said that the lack of certainty across the whole of the government's 30-year shipbuilding pipeline could jeopardise the future prosperity of Scottish naval shipyards.

Published on 27 January, the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) report, Defence in Scotland: military shipbuilding , said that Scottish shipyards needed a more dependable drumbeat of orders in order to invest and grow.

While the SAC report acknowledged recent successes for the Scottish military shipbuilding sector, such as the contract awards for the Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigates and the Type 31 general-purpose frigates, it noted that the UK government's approach to procuring warships has shifted in recent years, and it was no longer a given that warships would be designed and built fully in the UK.

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Pakistan receives second modernised Khalid-class submarine

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A file image of PNS Saad , one of the Pakistan Navy's three Khalid-class submarines. The service recently took delivery of another modernised boat, PNS Khalid , from STM. Another vessel, PNS Hamza , completed its modernisation programme with STM in 2021. (Naval Group)

The Pakistan Navy has received its second modernised Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) from Turkish company STM.

The vessel, PNS Khalid , was handed over to the service with a new suite of sonars, periscopes, and command-and-control systems, STM disclosed via a media statement on 25 January.

The Pakistan Navy operates a fleet of three Khalid-class SSKs that were commissioned between September 1999 and September 2008.

First-of-class Khalid was built by Naval Group (then known as DCN) in Cherbourg, France. The second and third vessels, PNS Saad and PNS Hamza , were constructed by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) under a technology transfer arrangement.

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Fincantieri launches LPD for Qatar

by Jeremy Binnie

The Qatari LPD Al Fulk in the dry dock at Fincantieri's Palermo yard before its launch on 24 January. (Fincantieri)

Fincantieri launched the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship it is building for Qatar at its shipyard in Palermo on 24 January, confirming it is equipped with vertical launch systems (VLSs).

Photographs of Al Fulk (L 141) show a box for the VLS has been attached to the ship's starboard side close to the end of the flight deck that looks sufficiently deep to accommodate the MBDA Aster 30 long-range surface-to-air missile.

A model displayed at the DIMDEX show held in Qatar in March 2018 showed 16 VLS cells located behind the ship's superstructure on the starboard side, although this was moved to its actual position for a model displayed during DIMDEX 2022.

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