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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.

According to Janes Fighting Ships , the Azmat class is armed with eight launchers for the 180-km range C-802A surface-to-surface missile. The ships also carry a twin 25 mm gun mounting forward and a stern-facing Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system for protection against incoming threats.

Powered by four diesel engines, each of the vessels has a top speed of 30 kt and a standard range of 1,000 n miles.

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Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fou...

Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

by Gabriel Dominguez

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

KSEW launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft for the Pakistan Navy. (Pakistan Navy)

The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at KSEW’s facilities in Karachi that was also attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Production Mohtarma Zobaida Jalal.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 63 m-long multi-role vessel, which has a beam of 8.8 m and a standard displacement of 566 tonnes, had been held in March 2017.

In a statement the PN described the vessel as the “first indigenously designed FAC(M), pointing out that design work was carried out by Karachi-based Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). Speaking at the ceremony Zobaida Jalal congratulated the PN, MTC and KSEW “for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance”.

The PN currently operates three Azmat-class craft: PNS Azmat (1013), PNS Dehshat (1014), and PNS Himmat (1027) which were commissioned in June 2012, June 2014, and July 2017.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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