Thursday, January 21, 2010

Israel thinking smart on Corvettes

From Defense Update, building on the story from last summer of a ship-building program we have spoken well of before.
Israel is interested in acquiring two corvette size ships to extend its naval operational capabilities. After analyzing the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Israel decided these vessels would be too costly. While each LCS would have cost $480, Israel was prepared to spend up to $300 per ship, which roughly corresponds with what the Malaysian Navy spent on a similar design (MEKO A-100 Kedah class).
Israel is said to be interested in a
'stretched' version of the MEKO A-100 corvette, a ship with a displacement of 2,200 tons. However, for such a vessel to become superior to the current Eilat class, the Israelis should opt for the latest, advanced stealth version of the MEKO CSL, which has already been designed for such specifications. The CSL will better adapt for the Israeli requirements for versatility, deck space and sensor placements.
An interesting OBTW WRT selling your assets abroad.
A major obstacle for the potential deal is the recent acquisition of Blohm + Voss Shipyards - the shipbuilder of the MEKO vessels - by the Abu Dhabi MAR Group of the United Arab Emirates.
And yes, that is a 76mm and not 57mm as a main battery. Ahem.


ewok40k said...

Even 350 ton fast attack craft can carry a 76mm, for Neptune's trident!
We're having MEKO-100 variant corvette in progress in Poland too, there were plans for 5 more until recession shut down program at single unit.

Grandpa Bluewater said...

I still say, real guns start at 5 inch.

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

I quite agree, HUZZAH for the 5 incher!

AW1 Tim said...

I have to admit that I still can't see what the hang-up is over here about acquiring a foreign-designed vessel. We can STILL build the damned thing over here, under license, and probably have a better product than the foreign made ones. It would get us the ships we NEED at a lower cost, keep our guys employed, and for the life of me I don't see the problem with that.

We bought Harriers, after all.....  and no one seems to have a problem with foreign car companies.

Anonymous said...

We also bought the CB-90 variant and SAFE Boat bult it under license as the RCB for the RIVERINE's.

ArkadyRenko said...

I don't understand the fascination with high gun calibers?

What are you giong to do with a gun and a 300 round magazine? Harassing fire?

If you want a ship to have firepower, give it VLS or NLOS - LS missiles.

I'd much rather have, in a small combatant, a rapid fire gun to go after swarming craft. Instead of a heavier weapon which will only comes into its own against medium combatants.

DG said...

Of course. But I think the design fees for the defense contractors are very large - development, etc.

Its just corruption. Ike was right about the military-industrial complex - the prime contractors are really calling the shots on most of this.

ewok40k said...

rapid firing guns are nice too, but when a t-55 is shooting from the pier, it's good to have something bigger...
also, imagine terrorist/pirate captured 20k ton merchant bent on ramming any vital target, do you stop that with 20-30 mm?
note that eg 76mm is capable of burst fire of 120 rpm, which is equivalent of 6 man-loaded guns of ww2.
also note that in ww2 75mm was generally accepted as minimum calibre for tank guns in infantry support role.
and missiles are great and all, but sometimes you run out of them... same with torps in ww2, really

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