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Saudi Arabia adjusts contract to buy 5 corvettes/frigates from Spain

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  1. The SC

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    The Saudi government has put conditions and links the agreement to a closer cooperation with Navantia in other international defense projects

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    The Saudi government has changed some aspects of the agreement signed with Spain through Navantia to build in the San Fernando shipyard five corvettes of the Avante 2200 model, similar to the four patrol boats that were sold to Venezuela during the government of Rodríguez Zapatero.

    The initial agreement reached by the parties two years ago and endorsed by King Felipe VI during his visit to Riyadh on January 15, 2017 included, among other matters, the construction and equipment in Spain of the five ships, construction by part of Spanish companies of the naval base where these ships will have their military headquarters in the coast of Arabia, the training of the different crews and the assignment to Navantia of the maintenance of the boats or cycle of life. These have been, in general terms, the main clauses of the naval contract between Spain and Arabia worth 2,000 million euros.

    Navantia has insisted from the first moment that the agreement was tied and well tied only to the fact that the King of Arabia, Salmán bin Abdulaziz, initialed the file, however, this signature has been delayed with the passage of time until reaching a situation that has forced the Spanish company to accept a series of conditions imposed a posteriori by the Saudi government. LA VOZ has learned that a parallel negotiation was carried out after the Spanish monarch's trip to Arabia, which included the end of the AVE work to Mecca and the corvettes contract.

    Pressure for the AVE

    The difficulties generated by the work of the high-speed train through the desert have served the Saudi authorities to put pressure on the military contract and, at the same time, impose some considerations in favor of their interests.

    The work of the AVE of the desert has drawn lots of inconveniences since it was awarded to a consortium of Spanish construction companies in 2011. However, the problems have been solved and the train already made between July and December successfully the tests prior to its inauguration official, which is planned for next March.

    The shooting tests will be conducted in Arabia and the new naval base will not have one hundred percent Spanish stamp

    It should be noted that in parallel, the Saudi Government has not abandoned at any time its ambitious project to renew its fleet, but has been slowly designing a new contract with Navantia for its implementation. The contacts between the executives of the Spanish company and the representatives of the Defense of that country have been constant. In fact, a Saudi military and technical mission has been in the island shipyard for months preparing the logistics of the work. The turning point came precisely in August of last year, when members of the Saudi government moved to Madrid to agree and sign a confidentiality contract with Navantia on the work of the corvettes.

    This newspaper has been able to know that the contract goes ahead, but with substantial changes for Spanish interests. Thus, the Saudi authorities have placed conditions on the work that, supposedly, have been accepted by Spain. One of the most important lies in the construction of the naval base in Arabia where this corvette fleet will have its headquarters in the Persian Gulf. Initially, the base was to be located in Jeddah, the second most important city in Saudi Arabia, located on the shores of the Red Sea, but the work of this important infrastructure will not have a Spanish stamp. As LA VOZ has learned, Arabia will pilot the construction of this base with Spanish support, but companies from that country will be responsible for carrying out the project.

    The corvettes contract goes beyond shipbuilding. There is also a component of military-technological assistance. There is also a contract for the development of control and combat systems for ships; a maintenance contract once the client has them; and a training program, which involves the development of a training school in Saudi Arabia with a bridge and machine simulator, also involves the operational training of some 400 Saudi sailors in Spain. The Saudi government has modified some of these conditions and wants the firing tests of the ships to be carried out in Arabia.

    Strategic alliance

    In this same line, the Saudi Government has shown its intention with Navantia to seek a strategic business partnership in order to also participate in international projects. It is at this point, where Navantia has had to accept some of the harshest conditions of the agreement, since Saudi companies could participate with the Spanish company in international shipbuilding offers. Do not forget that Navantia participates in three world competitions for the construction of frigates. The most immediate one, that of Australia, will be resolved in the spring, which includes the construction of nine frigates for its Navy, similar to those of the F-100 series of the Spanish Navy. Later Navantia is played with Canada and the United States, where it aspires to build high-end boats.

    Everything points to the signing of the agreement between February and March coinciding with the inauguration of the AVE (Al Haramain Train) to Mecca..

    The agreement of confidentiality and cooperation between Spain and Saudi Arabia was signed last August and ratifies an agreement on mutual protection of classified information in the field of Defense. It is a document signed by the director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), Félix Sanz Roldán, and a representative of the Saudi Ministry of Defense, the assistant of the Saudi Ministry of Defense Mohamed ben Abdullah Alaiesh. The agreement entered into force on August 25 and has an initial validity of five years, and can be extended for consecutive periods of one year. This is another step in the Saudi-Saudi defense relations to guarantee the protection of classified information exchanged, "as well as among its authorized contractors". In this way, it has a derivative before the information that concerns possible military contracts.

    Given this situation, different sources consulted by LA VOZ advance that the final agreement between Spain and Arabia for the construction of the five ships will take place in February, before the inauguration of the AVE to Mecca. In this way, the forecast handled by the engineers of Navantia is that the cut sheet of the first corvette is held in October, one year later than planned.

    http://www.lavozdigital.es/cadiz/pr...-construir-corbetas-201801220741_noticia.html


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    So total confirmed coming soon will be:

    4 Freedom class (small frigate)
    5 Milgem (Corvette)
    5 Navatia (Corvette)

    MILGEM:

    The official source said one of the deals, with Saudi Arabia, would involve the sale of at least two I-class (Istanbul-class) MILGEM corvettes or frigates. Industry sources said each vessel, coming in at 3-3.5 tons, would cost between $300 million and $500 million.


    The I-class frigate now going to Saudi Arabia is variant of the Ada-class
    corvette with a longer hull (by 14 meters) and heavier displacement (3,000-tons vs. 2,400-tons). It has similar anti-submarine warfare capabilities but also features a vertical launch system for a medium-range surface-to-air missile. It has 16 additional sub-sonic anti-ship missiles compared to eight on the Ada-class vessel.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2...-largest-ever-export-deal-for-local-industry/


    AVANTE 2200


    OPERATION: The Avante 2200 is specially designed for the following missions:


    • EEZ surveillance and protection
    • Merchant shipping control
    • Strategic assets defence
    • Search and rescue operations
    • Assistance to other vessels
    • Pollution control
    • Immigration control and drugs interdiction
    • Intelligence gathering
    • Anti-surface warfare
    • Passive electronic warfare Length overall98.9 m Maximum beam13.6 m Depth to main deck7.2 m Full load displacement (approx.)2,500 t Draft4.1 m PROPULSION PLANT
    • CODAD type.
    • Diesel engines: 4 x 5920 kW
    • 2 shaft lines.
    • 2 CP propellers. PERFORMANCE Maximum speed28 kt Cruising speed15 kt Range at cruising speed5,000 nm Provisions endurance21 days COMMUNICATIONS
    • Integrated communications Control System (Control console, voice terminals, LAN)
    • Internal Communications: IP telephone system, Sound powered telephone system, Public Address system, CCTV, Entertainment system
    • External Communications: VLF/HF Rx, MF/HF, VHF/UHF, IRIDIUM, GMDSS, INMARSAT, SATCOM, MMHS SENSORS
    • 1x Air surveillance 3D radar
    • 1x IFF (Interrogator and Transponder)
    • 1x Surface and Navigation LPI radar
    • 1x Navigation radar
    • 1x EO surveillance and tracking system
    • 1x EO fire control system director
    • 1x ESM system in radar band
    • 1x ESM system in communications band
    • 1x TAS system NAVIGATION
    • Navigation data distribution system: server, navigation LAN, multifunction repeaters.
    • Sensors: 1x echosounder, 1x log, 2x laser gyros, 1x DGPS, 1x AIS, 1x Meteorological system.
    • Integrated bridge: 3x consoles, Communications, GMDSS, ARPA console, IPMS, Autopilot, WECDIS, lights panel, ... COMMAND & CONTROL Integrated Combat System:
    • CMS
    • 5 x Multifunction tactical consoles
    • 2 x LSD
    • 1 x Video distribution system
    • Tactical processors
    • Tactical LAN
    • Tactical link system WEAPONS
    • Guns: 1x76mm, 1x35 mm, 2x12.7 mm
    • Fire Control System: 1x Radar-EO, 1x EO
    • SAM system: 1x VLS 8 cells
    • SSM system: 2x quad launchers
    • ASW torpedoes: 2x triple launcher
    • RF & IR Decoys: 2x launchers (12 tubes each) HELICOPTER & RHIBS OPERATION
    • Flight deck & hangar for 10t class helicopter (NH-90, AB-212, AB-412, Eurocopter AS-565 Panther)
    • 2x 5.5m RHIBs (crane deployment & recovery) Total accommodation capacity92
     
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    The Avante 2200 corvette offered to Saudi Arabia is said to be a variation of the design selected by the Venezuelan Navy, where it is known as the Guaiquerí-class patrol boat.

    at NAVDEX 2015 told Navy Recognition that this new Frigate design is based on the proven AVANTE 3000/2400 design. This new design incorporates lessons learned in building the Spanish F-100, Norwegian F-310 and Australian AWS destroyers.


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    A slightly larger variation of the Avante 2200 design is the Avante 3000/2400 (or F-538) design which we covered last year during NAVDEX 2015, a naval defense exhibition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Navantia representatives at the show told us it was representative of a design being proposed to the Peruvian Navy. But since this configuration appears to be much closer what is being offered by Lockheed Martin with the MMSC, Navy Recognition believes it is possible that Navantia is offering a vessel of this design to the Royal Saudi Navy as well.

    F-538 model at NAVDEX also featured:

    - A 76mm main gun by Oto Melara
    - 16x Mk 41 VLS for Raytheon ESSM surface to air missiles located forward, behind the main gun
    - 2x Hitrole 12.7 mm remote weapon system by Oto Melara fitted on top of the bridge
    - 8x MBDA Exocet Blk III anti-ship missiles
    - 2x RF/IR/acoustic decoy launchers
    - A Smart-S Mk2 radar by Thales
    - A Thales Sting 2.0 fire control radar
    - A Thales Kingklip hull sonar


    F-538 main characteristics:

    Length overall: 113.2m
    Maximum beam: 15.6m
    Draught: 4.7m
    Full load displacement: 3800 t
    Max. Speed: 30 kn
    Range: 4000 nm

    http://www.navyrecognition.com/inde...saudi-arabia-for-5-avante-2200-corvettes.html


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    MILGEM - I class Frigate

    National origin : TURKEY
    Length : 113m
    Displacement : 3000 tons
    Range : 6000 nm
    Speed : 29 knots

    GENESIS Combat Management System
    250 km SMART-S mk2 search Radar
    TBT-01 Yakamoz Sonar
    Aselsan ARES-2N Electronic Warfare System
    Aselsan HIZIR Torpedo counter measure System
    16 cells MK-41 VLS

    -- 1 x 76 mm Oto Melera Super Rapid Gun ( 40 km )
    -- 16 x ATMACA Anti ship Missiles ( 220+ km )
    -- 64 x ESSM Air Defense Missiles ( 50 km )
    -- 1 x Phalanx Mk-15 Blok 1B CIWS
    -- 6 x Mk 46 Mod 5 Torpedos
    -- 2 x 25 mm Aselsan STOP Machine Gun Platforms
    -- 1 x Sikorsky S70 Seahawk ASW Helicopter

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    ADA class Corvette

    National origin : TURKEY
    Length : 99m
    Displacement : 2400 tons
    Range : 3500 nm
    Speed : 29 knots

    GENESIS Combat Management System
    250 km SMART-S mk2 search Radar
    TBT-01 Yakamoz Sonar
    Aselsan ARES-2N Electronic Warfare System

    -- 1 x 76 mm Oto Melera Super Rapid Gun ( 40 km )
    -- 8 x HARPOON Block II Anti ship Missiles ( 124 km )
    -- 21 x RIM-116 RAM ( 9km )
    -- 6 x Mk 46 Mod 5 Torpedos
    -- 2 x 12,7 mm Aselsan STAMP Stabilized Machine Gun Platforms
    -- 1 x Sikorsky S70 Seahawk ASW Helicopter

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    Roketsan ATMACA Anti ship Missile

    Weight : 800 kg
    Warhead : 200 kg
    Range : 220+ km
    Speed : 0,85 mach
    Guidance : INS/GPS system with a terminal stage active radar homing seeker
    -- Network enabled capability

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    Aselsan ORKA Leightweight Torpedo
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    Aselsan HIZIR Torpedo Countermeasure System for Surface Ships

    State Of The Art Countermeasure Techniques for Modern Torpedo Attacks
    • Early detection
    • Accurate information
    • Effective countermeasure
    • Critical reaction time
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    Aselsan HIZIR-LFAS Low Frequency Towed Active Sonar

    • Low Frequency Active Target Detection and Localization
    • Long Range Detection
    • Bi-static/Multi-Static Sonar Architecture
    • Interoperability with HIZIR System (Aselsan Torpedo Countermeasure System) for maximum ASW capability

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    The official source said one of the deals, with Saudi Arabia, would involve the sale of at least two I-class (Istanbul-class) MILGEM corvettes or frigates. Industry sources said each vessel, coming in at 3-3.5 tons, would cost between $300 million and $500 million.

    The I-class frigate now going to Saudi Arabia is variant of the Ada-class
    corvette with a longer hull (by 14 meters) and heavier displacement (3,000-tons vs. 2,400-tons). It has similar anti-submarine warfare capabilities but also features a vertical launch system for a medium-range surface-to-air missile. It has 16 additional sub-sonic anti-ship missiles compared to eight on the Ada-class vessel.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2...-largest-ever-export-deal-for-local-industry/
     
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