MST wins contract to supply 12 m RHIBs for German Navy Type 126 frigates

by Kate Tringham

An MST special forces FRISC. (MST)

Dutch-owned Damen Shipyardshas awarded UK boatbuilder Marine Specialised Technology Group (MST) a contract to equip the German Navy's Type 126 frigates with 12 m fast interceptor craft.

Under the contract, announced on 13 March, Merseyside-based MST will supply 12 of its latest-generation Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs). The scope of supply includes transportation trailers and a comprehensive integrated logistics support package.

The 12 m variant has a fully loaded displacement of 9.5 tonnes and can carry a team of 12 special forces operators, in addition to equipment. Propulsion is provided by two inboard diesel engines developing up to 600 hp each, to provide a top speed of 45 kt and a maximum range of 350 n mile.

According to MST, the craft will be equipped with the latest command, control, communications, computers, and, intelligence (C4I) systems and can be fitted with machine guns and other weapons to support lethality requirements. The vessel can be forward-deployed as an underslung load beneath a CH‐47 Chinook helicopter, or as an internal load onboard a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

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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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