Rheinmetall awarded contract to supply light naval guns for German Type 126 class frigates

by Kate Tringham

Rheinmetall's state-of-the-art MLG27-4.0 defence system. (Rheinmetall)

German technology group Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract by Damen Naval to supply its next-generation MLG27-4.0 light naval gun for the German Navy's new Type 126 frigates.

Under the contract, announced on 17 November, Rheinmetall will initially supply eight MLG27-4.0 weapon systems – two for each of the four frigates on order. The contract includes an option to equip two additional frigates with the weapon system.

Dutch-owned Damen Shipyards was awarded a design and construction contract, in June 2020, to deliver the four new Type 126 frigates for the German Navy in co-operation with German shipyards Blohm+Voss and Lürssen (the latter working in co-operation with Kiel-based German Naval Yards). French-based mission system specialist Thales will be responsible for the full integration and delivery of the mission and combat system.

The four ships will be built at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Lürssen's Peene-Werft yard in Wolgast, and at German Naval Yards in Kiel, with construction of the lead ship planned to start from around 2023. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2028 to 2031 (with an option for two more ships after 2032).


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Colombian Navy awards contract to COTECMAR for first PES frigate, ocean patrol vessel, and logistic support ship

by Vinod Kumar CV

A computer rendering, released by Damen, of a notional SIGMA 10514 design matched to the Colombian Navy's PES requirement. The final configuration will be determined during the contractual design phase. (Damen)

The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) awarded a contract to COTECMAR to build the service's first frigate under the Strategic Surface Platform (Plataforma estratégica de superficie: PES) project on 22 November. The contract includes the construction of an ocean patrol vessel (Patrullera Oceánica Colombiana: POC) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) 93 and a logistic support vessel (LSV) (Buque de Apoyo logístico: BAL).

Vice Admiral Francisco Hernando Cubides Granados, commander of the ARC, said the new vessels will help to protect the country's maritime interests on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The government announced a total of USD440 million for the construction, integration, testing, commissioning, and operation of afloat naval units, and also for improving their protection capabilities.

The project is expected to be completed in 10 years, and will be fulfilled under different phases.


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Saab to build two signals intelligence ships for Poland

by Kate Tringham

The new SIGINT ships will replace the Polish Navy's Modified Moma-class (Project 863) intelligence-collection ships, ORP Nawigator (pictured) and ORP Hydrograf , which have been in service since the mid-1970s. (Jaroslaw Cislak)

Swedish defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armaments Agency to design and build two signals intelligence (SIGINT) ships for the Polish Navy.

Under the contract, announced on 25 November and worth EUR620 million (USD644 million), the two new SIGINT vessels will be delivered in 2027. The scope of supply also includes follow-on support. The vessels are expected to be built at Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, and then retrofitted with specialist equipment at Saab Kockums' shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden.

The new ships are being procured under the Polish Navy's Delfin programme as replacements for the service's two Modified Moma-class (Project 863) intelligence-collection ships, ORP Nawigator (262) and ORP Hydrograf (263), which were built by Northern Shipyard, Gdańsk, in the mid-1970s.


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New Dutch expeditionary survey vessel enters service

by Kate Tringham

The Dutch navy's new ESB Hydrograaf entered service on 21 November. (RNLN)

The Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) new expeditionary survey boat (ESB), HrMs Hydrograaf (H 8021), has officially entered service.

The mini hydrographic survey vessel was formally handed over to the RNLN by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) on 21 November.

Hydrograaf was designed and built by Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) under a contract awarded by the DMO in 2019. Laid down in February 2020 and launched in January 2021, the vessel was delivered to the DMO in May 2021 following the successful completion of sea-acceptance trials.

A spokesperson told Janes the planning schedule for the delivery of the boat to the navy to start operations has been impacted by a range of factors, including delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, time needed for crew training, additional seaworthiness certification activities, and the supply of documentation and spare parts by Damen.

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