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Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.

Developed under the Hsun Hai programme, the Tuo Chiang-class corvettes feature a wave-piercing catamaran hull form, waterjet propulsion, and a low radar cross-section (RCS) design. The new ships are intended to be deployed on the low-intensity maritime security missions that are currently undertaken by the RoCN's larger and more expensive destroyers and frigates, while providing an affordable, asymmetrical solution against an adversary's amphibious landing and other large ships in the case of a conflict.

Ta Chiang is the first series-produced vessel of the class and features several enhancements over first-of-class Tuo Chiang – which was commissioned in late 2014 – in weaponry, mission systems, and design.

Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency (CNA) quoted the RoCN as saying that Ta Chiang

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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/taiwanese-navy-commissions-first-improved-tuo-chiang-class-corvette-receives-second-fmlb-minelayer/

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jia...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

by Gabriel Dominguez

The RoCN commissioned Ta Chiang , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County. (Ministry of National Defense)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.

The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that was also attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.

Named Ta Chiang (pennant number 619), the corvette was launched in December 2020 at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao. Taiwan is to build another five ships of the improved variant by 2023, with up to five more corvettes expected to follow thereafter.


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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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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed by OMT for the Royal Danish Navy, the Arrowhead 140 baseline forms the basis for the RN's new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigate. Babcock was selected for the Type 31 programme in September 2019, with a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.72 billion) contract for five ships signed in November that year.


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