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Type 125 begins sea trials.








Aircraft carried: 2 × NH-90 helicopters

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USN Mk IV 85 foot patrol boats made their operational debut in the Arabian Gulf this month. 


3 RCWS with .50s and a 25mm RCWS on the bow.  Decent firepower for a patrol boat.



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Russia just commissioned their 2nd Project 11356 Frigate the Admiral Essen. It will be joining the Black Sea Fleet.


"Project 11356 firgates are equipped with 100mm A-190 naval gun, Kalibr-NK (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles, Shtil/Shtil-1 (SA-N-7 Gadfly/SA-N-7C Gollum) naval surface-to-air (SAM) systems, torpedoes and one Ka-27 (Helix) helicopter (optionally). Project 11356 frigate has a draft of 3620 t, a length of 124.8 m, a maximum speed of 30 kt and a range of 4850 nm."

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Italy lands a 4.28 Billion deal to build ships for Qatar.


"Qatar is acquiring four corvettes, one landing platform dock and two offshore patrol vessels, with a six-year construction program due to start at Fincantieri’s Italian yards in 2018.

The corvettes will be over 100 meters long and displace  3,000 tonnes, or 6.61 million pounds, officials said, while the OPV vessels will be 60 meters long and weigh in at 700 tonnes. The largest vessel in the order, the landing platform dock, will be modeled after the LPD Fincantieri delivered to Algeria, albeit with “enhancements”, a source knowledgeable of the deal said."


They also expect another 1 billion euro contract to supply Exocets and Aster 30 missiles to arm the corvettes shortly.  They beat out the French, who were lobbying to supply FREMM frigates.



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New design that Russian Navy is proposing. Nuclear powered large destroyers. 


"The Leader will be a versatile ship triple-hatted as destroyer, large ASW ship and guided missile cruiser while being smaller than Project 1144 ships and carrying far more weaponry. The self-contained operation capability of similar ships is usually based on their stock of provisions, and their nuclear propulsion plants can do without refueling for years.

The advanced destroyer will be equipped with the RITM-200 nuclear power plant fitting the future Project 22220 icebreaker, which lead ship, the Arktika, was launched in June. The Leader’s power plant will propel her to 30 knots.

Judging by the mockup exhibited at the Army 2015 show, the warship will carry vertical launch systems (VLS) of the Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile system. Her long-range air defense (AD) weaponry will be in the form of the S-500 Prometei SAM system. The VLS of the Poliment-Redut system will handle short-range aerial threats. The VLS will be controlled by the Poliment active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system. The Leader may carry two modules of the navalized version of the Pantsir-M SAM/gun system. She also will get a 130-mm A-192 versatile gun. Overall, the destroyer’s weapons suite will include, inter alia, a total of 200 missiles."


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