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Feature 8 | EXHIBITION REPORT
Multi-role requirement
A major emerging market for shipyards is
that of multi-role ships basically for strategic
transport but also capable of disaster relief
and even underway replenishment. Canada,
Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa all
have requirements for this kind of vessel.
ThyssenKrupp showed off its new MHD 200,
a 20,000tonne derivative of the 15,000tonne
MHD 150, while Navantia highlighted its
ATHLAS LHD, a 26,000tonne design based
on Ray Juan Carlos I selected by Australia,
while DCNS exhibited its Mistral family.
Fincantieri was able to announce two major
commercial successes; a contract to refit
Kenya’s Nyayo class fast attack craft and one to
build a 27,500tonne underway replenishment
ship for India. The latter has been known for
some time but was only officially revealed
at Euronaval and it may help work in the The USA, not a traditional supplier to the export market, is seeking to leverage two
British MARS (Military Afloat Reach and domestic programmes, the National Security Cutter (NSC) and the Littoral Combat Ship
Sustainability) programme, with Fincantieri (LCS, shown here).
forming a pact with NSL (Northwestern
Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd) to build
six fleet replenishment tankers. Naval weaponry support its mine countermeasures systems,
What Euronaval also highlighted was The presence of naval weaponry was while Saab unveiled its 9LV Mk 4 Compact
that smaller countries are increasing somewhat subdued at the exhibition, with combat management system based on the
their capabilities. Turkey’s Havelsan is the most important item being the Oto EOS-500 electro-optical director.
developing the Milgem corvette, the Melara Strales (Davide in the Italian Navy)
New Type Patrol Boat (YTKB) and the system for Italy’s FREMMs, which adds a Sensors
Genesis combat management system. guided anti-air warfare round to the 76mm In sensors Thales Underwater Systems
Brazil’s Empresa Genencial de Projectos Super Rapid Gun to improve the weapon’s revealed that it is marketing its DUBM-44
Navais (Emgepron) was displaying the air defence capability. The company mine-hunting sonar, while ITT promoted
ability to produce combat management announced at Euronaval that it had sold the its Model 997 hull-mounted sensor
systems, passive sonars, sonar targets system to an unidentified foreign navy. (selected by both the UK and Brazil) as
and simulators as well as radar-absorbent Thales announced that it had launched well as its variable depth sonars (selected
materials for submarines. Crotale VT1 vertically from a DCNS by Israel and Singapore).
MAN Diesel exhibited its medium-speed Sylver A35 launcher. MBDA revealed Thales introduced its Integrated Mast
six-litre 32/44CR engine with common that development of the Scalp Naval (I-Mast) family, which aims to integrate
rail fuel injection, reflecting the growing land-attack missile was continuing and electronic and electro-optic sensors
use of such units not only in fleet support that it intends to launch the missile for into a single structure together with
vessels but also in surface combatants. the first time in 2009 from a Sylver A70 communications and Identification
This is to meet a growing requirement for launcher and from underwater. Friend or Foe (IFF) sensors. Selex Galileo
greater ranges for ships as navies become The French Defence Ministry announced revealed it is developing its Low Probability
increasingly involved in peacekeeping and a joint venture with Finmecannica to of Intercept (LPI) radars including a
humanitarian relief missions. However, develop the Black Shark into the F21 under 2D surveillance sensor SPS-730 and a
the company also revealed the 28/33D the Artemis Programme, which includes the submarine navigation radar BPS-730.
high power density engine for the upper weapon, the weapon launching system and The ECA group launched its System
range of surface combatants. support as well as a mobile target system. for Imaging and Bathymetry (Simba)
MTU has expanded its long-established An unusual revelation was Saab’s Double 45 system and also showed its range of
propulsion control system. Under the Eagle AROV, based on the company’s underwater vehicles and simulators,
name Callosum (the part of the brain remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) but while Ixsea’s range of products included
that links its two halves) it has developed capable of autonomous operations. the Elcis Mk 5 sonar for route surveys.
a system that can also provide damage In command systems there was little that Elisra revealed its Aqua Marine electronic
control and training capabilities, as well as was new. Thales Underwater Systems has warfare system, which the company
providing maintenance monitoring. selected the Barco Vista 4500 console to describes as “combat proven”. WT
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