Russia to build new ships for Vietnamese Navy on schedule

The new frigates for the foreign customer will have, in addition to the surface countermeasure systems, antisubmarine warfare equipment

Russian Gepard class frigate Tatarstan

Russian Gepard class frigate Tatarstan

“A couple of such frigates were built for Vietnam in earlier, now the second pair is being built that differs in the weapons and military equipment. The delivery deadline is late 2016,” chief engineer of the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau Yevgeny Matveyev said.

The designer said the new frigates for the foreign customer will have, in addition to the surface countermeasure systems, antisubmarine warfare equipment. “To date, there are no factors for non-fulfilment of the obligations, the shipbuilding is going on schedule,” Matveyev said.

The new pair of frigates differs from the previous ships by antisubmarine weapons and advanced high-performance propulsion system.

Two NATO warships enter Black Sea – source

Canada’s frigate Toronto and Spain’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon will take part in the international drill Sea Breeze-2014


MOSCOW, September 07 /ITAR-TASS/. Two NATO’s warships – Canada’s frigate Toronto and Spain’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon – have entered the Black Sea to take part in the international drill Sea Breeze-2014, a military diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on Sunday.

“Both ships passed through Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea on Saturday evening,” the source said.

On Friday, September 3, another two NATO warships – as the French Navy Ship Commandant Birot and the U.S. destroyer Ross – entered the Black Sea. France’s ship Dupuy le Lome that had been staying in the Black Sea from August 16 left from the Mediterranean Sea on September 5.

“The NATO ships’ crews will conduct the Sea Breeze exercises from September 8 to September 10. It is expected that along with the four abovementioned ships the drills will involve Turkey’s frigate Oruc Reis, Romania’s frigate Regele Ferdinand and Georgia’s patrol boat Sukhumi,” the source added. “While staying in the Black Sea, the alliance’s warship may call at the ports of Constanta (Romania) and Odessa (Ukraine).”

According to the official website of the Ukrainian defence ministry, Ukraine will commission five warship and support vessels, and two border service’s boats to the exercises. Apart from that, the drills will involve planes and helicopters of the Ukrainian armed forces’ naval aviation. The drills will be monitored by observers from a number of countries, namely Georgia, Norway, Sweden and France.

In line with the Montreaux Convention, warships of non-littoral states cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days. France’s Dupuy le Lome stayed in the Black Sea 21 days, hence, the convention was not violated.



Propulsion systems of new frigates for the Black Sea Fleet will be serviced by the “Turborus” company

29.07.2014, Arms-expo

Rybinsk enterprise “Turborus” will take over the maintenance of gas turbines  of Ukrainian production set for Russian frigates series 11356 for the Black Sea Fleet (lead ship – “Admiral Grigorovich”). Itar-Tass quoted a source in the military-industrial complex.


If Angola buys aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias?

If Angola buys aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias?

Spanish Web resource December 2, 2013 said that Spain allegedly would finally managed to sell decommissioned light aircraft carrier R 11 Principe de Asturias – a contract is allegedly agreed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence with Angola . Angola plans to introduce this ship to Navy . Before transmitting to the Angolan side the carrier must undergo a repair at the shipyard Navantia association in El Ferrol. Besides Principe de Asturias, Angola as ” applications” will allegedly receive (under the terms of the contract) another four ships decommissioned from the Spanish fleet – the former frigate F 32 (M 11 ) Diana ( type Descubierta, recent years been used as a command ship mine neutral forces) patrol vessel P 61 Chilreu, patrol boat P 27 Izaro ( type Anaga) and a large landing ship L 42 Pizarro ( former American LST 1196 Harlan County type Newport).
Reliable confirmation of aircraft carrier ‘Principe de Asturias’ sale to Angola is absent. Nevertheless, we know that in August 2013 located in Ferrol decommissioned Principe de Asturias was visited and inspected by the high-ranking Angolan delegation , which included two Navy admirals of Angola. The delegation visited the company Navantia in Ferrol . Representatives of the Spanish Navy and Navantia neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of selling the ship to Angola.

Spain is developing a ” revolutionary new frigate “

Spain is developing a

11/26/2013 Military parity
Spanish Navy plan to replace ships class Santa Maria ( modification of the U.S. missile frigates class Oliver Hazard Perry – approx. “VP” ) , who are approaching end of life ( from 2020 ) by six stealth frigates promising F- 110 , rpdefense.over reports on November 22.

Work commenced in 2010, commissioning of the lead ship is planned in 2025. Multipurpose warships will be built at the shipyard of Navantia, will be operated for 40 years and equipped with unmanned systems for different types of operations at sea , in the air and under water.

Pakistan Navy formally adopted the fourth frigate of project F-22P

Pakistan Navy formally adopted the fourth  frigate of  project F-22P

06.09.2013 TSAMTO
The naval forces of Pakistan in the course of ceremony September 3 in Karachi officially adopted the last of the four frigates F-22P – «Aslat» . ordered in China

According to “Jane’s Defence Weekly”, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who presented at the ceremony, said that “the construction of F-22P frigates at a shipyard in Karachi is the symbol of the strong friendship that exists between China and Pakistan.”

Frigate “Aslat” was entirely built at the plant of Pakistan “Karachi shipyard and Engineering Works» (KSEW) as part of technology transfer agreements

The Spanish Government has allocated additional funds for the realization of major defense programs

The Spanish Government has allocated additional funds for the realization of major defense programs

02/08/2013 TSAMTO
The Spanish government has approved the allocation of additional funds in excess of the annual defense budget to pay debts to suppliers on 15 key programs for upgrading the country’s armed forces.

According to “Jane’s Defence Weekly”, held on July 27th meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Spain made a decision on the allocation of 877.33 million euros in addition to the plan for 2013 defense budget in the amount of 5.937 billion euros. The decision was approved by royal decree.

According to the document, the largest tranche in the amount of 371.5 million euros will be used to repay debt under the “Eurofighter-Typhoon.”

State company “Navantiya” will be listed 93.2 and 69.8 million euros for works on the amphibious assault ship (UDC) “Juan Carlos I» and the frigate F-105 “Christopher Columbus.” The company will also receive 28.27 million euros for the work on the Universal Transport logistics BAC (Buque de Aprovisionamiento de Combate) A-15 “Cantabria” and 1 million euros in the project coastal patrol ship BAM (Buque de Accion Maritima).

“Eurocopter” will receive 88.26 million euros in the scope of supply for the Spanish Armed Forces attack helicopters “Tiger”, 75.1 million euros at the NH-90 program, 10 million euros for the project to supply helicopters EC-135. “Airbus Militaire” allocated 46.6 million euros for the supply of aircraft VTA A-400M. Companies “Sener” stands 15,080,000 euros as part of the delivery of cruise missiles KEPD-350 “Taurus” class “air-surface”.

The list also included the company “General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas,” which will receive 34.58 million euros for the continuation of the program delivery of ATRA “Spike” and 32.47 million euros for 155/52-mm howitzers SBT.