Indonesia omits major procurement programmes from 2022 ‘Green Book'
24 May 2022
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier
Charles de Gaulle
. Indonesia has plans to procure up to 36 Rafale fighters, but it is unclear how the country will fund this ambition.
The Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has omitted major defence procurement programmes from the register of priority projects approved for foreign funding in 2022.
This register is commonly referred to in-country as the ‘Green Book'. Programmes included in this register will be escalated to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, which will then decide on the final amount of foreign loans that can be obtained for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
Documents forwarded to Janes on 24 May by a government source indicate that among programmes that have been included in the ‘Green Book' are mid-life upgrades for the Indonesian Navy's Diponegoro-class corvettes and Bung Tomo-class frigates. In terms of hull age, these vessels have either exceeded or are approaching their 20-year mark.
Israeli defence minister says Iran increasing presence in Red Sea
07 July 2022
by Jeremy Binnie
The satellite images of Iranian naval vessels that Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz showed at the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable in Athens. (Office of Benny Gantz)
Iran's naval presence in the Red Sea is the largest it has been for ten years, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told a conference in Greece on 5 July.
“Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea with warships patrolling the southern region,” he said. “In the last months, we have identified the most significant Iranian military presence in the area in the past decade. It is a direct threat to international trade, energy supply, and the global economy.”
He supported the point by displaying four satellite images of Iranian naval vessels that he said had been in the Red Sea in recent months. The undated images showed one of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy's (IRIN's) three Mowj-class frigates and one of its four Hengam-class landing ships. Two images showed a Bandar Abbas-class supply ship, in one case alongside a naval combatant that was not identified, but did not appear to be a Mowj-class ship.
Finnish Border Guard orders two OPVs from Meyer Turku
06 July 2022
by John Pagni
The new vessels will be an improved version of the OPV
which entered service in 2014.
The Finnish Border Guard (FBG) has awarded a contract to Meyer Turku for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
The new vessels will be an improved variant of the OPV Turva, which was commissioned into FBG service in 2014 as the world's first LNG coastguard ship.
Under the terms of the contract, signed on 29 June, the first new OPV is expected to be completed in 2025, and the second boat in 2026. They are intended to replace three older OPVs: Merikarhu, Tursas, and Uisko, and will have an expected service life that extends into the 2050s.
Based on Turva's specifications, the two new OPVs are expected to be 96 m long with a 5 m draft and a top speed of 18 kt to navigate Finland's 4,600 km irregular coastline that is dotted with islands, islets, and skerries.
The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine (SSGN) Krasnoyarsk (K 571) has departed Severodvinsk for its first set of sea trials in the White Sea.
Photographs on social media showing Krasnoyarsk leaving the harbour area confirms the submarine's departure on 26 June.
Krasnoyarsk is the fourth Project 885 (and the third 885M) submarine under construction at Sevmash Shipyard and is predicted to join the Pacific Fleet, joining the SSGN fleet comprised of mostly Project 949A Oscar II-class boats.
Krasnoyarsk had been captured on satellite imagery the week prior to heading out to sea being degaussed in the harbour area. Other imagery shows the submarine undergoing final preparations alongside another Project 885M – likely to be Novosibirsk
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