Israeli Navy's Reshef class to carry C-Dome air-defence system

by Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie

A computer-generated image of the Reshef class that Israel Shipyards released in November 2019. (Israel Shipyards)

The Reshef-class vessel that will replace the Israeli Navy's Sa'ar 4.5 (Nirit) missile ships will be equipped with Rafael's C-Dome air-defence system, Captain Y (full name withheld), the head of the Naval Vessels Department, told Janes on 24 October.

Israel Shipyards announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to begin detailed design work for the Reshef class, which will be based on its S-72 design. However, it provided no details of the weapons and systems that the navy wants the new ships to carry.

The design phase is expected to be completed in approximately two years, with the first Reshef likely to take another two to four years to construct, Cpt Y said. Eight will eventually be built, with each replacing a Sa'ar 4.5 when it is commissioned.

“The Sa'ar 4.5 ships have been in service for 30 years,” he said. “For vessels this size, it is very impressive for the ship to hold on for this long. Now we must prepare for its replacement.”

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Raytheon clears Glide Phase Interceptor prototype milestone, eyeing preliminary design review

by Ashley Roque

Raytheon Missiles and Defense announced that its version of the sea-based Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) completed the systems requirements review – prototype (SRR-P) benchmark in mid-September.

In June, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to continue developing GPI technology to defend against hypersonic weapons. Each company received a USD41.4 million contract modification that covers work till mid-February 2023, to include the SRR-P.

Patrick Hollen, with Strategic Missile Defense Requirements and Capabilities at Raytheon Missiles and Defense, told Janes the MDA conducted this multiday review the week of September 12. This “successful” completion will potentially lead to a preliminary design review and a critical design review of the prototype, but a definitive schedule has not been negotiated, Hollen said.

“The preliminary design review is dependent on many factors like scheduling of the government and desires of the government, money allocated in the FYDP [Future Years Defense Program], [and] those types of things,” he added during a 21 September interview.

For now, the company is continuing to work with the agency on GPI prototype development, Hollen said.

Northrop Grumman had not responded to Janes

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Tandanor completes overhaul work on Argentine naval ships

by Tim Fish

ARA Rosales (P-42) recently received an overhaul of ship systems. (Argentina Ministry of Defense)

The Argentine Espora-class corvette ARA Rosales (P-42) and the multi-purpose patrol ship ARA Ciudad de Rosario (Q-62) returned to operations this month following the completion of upgrades and overhauls at the Argentine shipyard, Tandanor, the company confirmed.

Rosales is 91 m long, 11 m wide, displacing 1,623.9 tonnes, and was commissioned in 1987. It is the second of six Espora-class corvettes built in Argentina by Río Santiago Shipyard with the MEKO 140A16 design from German shipbuilder Blohm+Voss.

The full hull revitalisation of the Rosales hull included water blasting and a triple-painting process that combines epoxy, sealant, and anti-fouling paints, the shipyard told Janes .

The yard overhauled 180 valves and replaced another 20. The ship received additional sheet metal work on port and starboard decks and cabins. The yard also installed new railings and 100 m of new piping.

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Safran unveils NGDS contender for UK EWCM competition

by Richard Scott

Computer render of NGDS Configuration D. (Safran)

Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed details of a new variant of its New Generation Dagaie System (NGDS) trainable decoy launcher engineered for compatibility with NATO standard 130 mm countermeasures rounds.

The system, known internally as NGDS Configuration D, is being bid for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Electronic Warfare Counter Measures (EWCM) Increment 1a requirement. EWCM forms part of the RN's overarching Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP), which is intended to recapitalise surface ship electronic surveillance, electronic warfare command-and-control, and soft-kill anti-ship missile defence.

NGDS uses a two-axis launcher capable of training in both azimuth and elevation to achieve optimum placement of the soft-kill decoy payload effect. The original 12-round launcher developed by Safran for the French Navy is compatible with Lacroix Defense 150 mm calibre SEALEM and SEALIR decoy rockets, respectively, deploying advanced radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) payloads.

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