Watch the following three displays of the Rafale during LIMA 2013:
State-owned China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC), a subsidiary of the Shanghai-based China State Shipbuilding & Construction Co (CSSC) last week showcased the very same three products that it had earlier unveilled at the IDEX 2013 expo in Abu Dhabi, these being a landing helicopter dock (LHD), a multi-role guided-missile-frigate (FFG) for littoral warfare, and the S-20 diesel-electric submarine.
The LHD features a displacement of 22,000 tons, length of 198 metres, beamwidth of 21.80 metres, and a maximum cruising speed of 22 Knots). Its top-deck can host up to four heavylift helicopters, while its internal hangar can accommodate another eight such helicopters, or 700 fully-equipped soldiers, or 50 armoured amphibious vehicles. The LHD’s armaments suite includes twin bow-mounted 76mm main guns, twin stern-mounted FL-3000N (each with 18 missiles) surface-to-air/anti-missile missile systems, and twin Type 730 30mm CIWS units located forward and aft on the LHD’s island.
The new-generation FFG, whose superstructure is derived from that of the Pattani-class OPVs that were delivered by CSOC to the Royal Thai Navy almost a decade ago, has a displacement of 3,500 tons, length of 135 metres, beamwidth of 15.3 metres, maximum cruise speed of 28 Knots, and a crew complement of 110. The FFG comes armed with 32 VLS cells housing 40km-range surface-to-air missiles, one H/PJ-26 76.2mm main gun, twin H/PJ-13 30mm CIWS, twin 12.7mm manned machine guns atop the main bridge, eight C-802A anti-ship cruise missile launchers, and one FL-3000N ) surface-to-air/anti-missile missile system atop the helicopter hangar. Strangely, no on-board ASW torpedo tube launchers were shown.
The S-20 SSK is an export version of the PLA Navy’s Type 041 Yuan-class SSK and it has a submerged displacement of 2,200 tons, length of 66 metres, beamwidth of 8 metres, maximum draught of 8 metres, maximum submerged cruise speed of 20 Knots, crew complement of 40, and six 533mm torpedo tubes.
In another development, the MoD’s DRDO has loaned a complete HUMSA-NG shipborne sonar suite on a no-cost no commitment basis to the Bangladesh Navy for evaluations.
Work has also begun at last at Cochin Shipyard Ltd on installation of the integrated propulsion system on board Project 71/IAC-1 (INS Vikrant).
Meanwhile, it is almost a done deal for Germany’s ATLAS Elektronik in terms of bagging the contract for supplying 96 Sea Hake heavyweight torpedoes for the Indian Navy’s six Scorpene SSKs.