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Germany awards €2.4bln contract for five new K130 corvettes

German Navy F 260 Braunschweig

The German defense procurement agency BAAINBw has authorized a €2.4 billion contract for the construction of five new Braunschweig-class (K130) corvettes.

The ARGE K130 consortium, composed of Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the recently incorporated German Naval Yards Kiel, will be delivering the ships.

Led by Lürssen Werft as prime contractor, the shipbuilding team is to deliver the ships by 2025.

The German Navy already operates five K130 ships which means the corvettes will be based on an existing design incorporating updated technologies.

Initial announcements made by the German defense ministry indicated the ships could be acquired at a price of €1.5 billion but reports emerged that the shipbuilders were asking €2.9 billion for five corvettes and two training facilities for corvette-operation.

The value of the contract, announced by BAAINBw on September 12, is €900 million more than what the ministry initially expected to pay.

In addition to price issues, K130 corvette construction was stalled by shipbuilder German Naval Yards who protested the defense ministry’s decision to award the construction contract without a public tender in order to speed up the whole process.

The German cartel office, in a ruling announced on May 18, upheld the complaint arguing that an open tender had precedence over a quick procurement.

In response to the ruling, Lürssen and TKMS offered German Naval Yard to join the consortium with a 15 percent stake in the construction. The newly-formed consortium was approved by the cartel office.

Braunschweig-class corvettes were ordered because of the navy’s increased scope and tempo of operations. Another reason is the fact that the MKS180 Multi-role Combat Ship order was delayed and the corvette announcement was interpreted as an offset to the delays.

The 90-meter ships are designed for operation in coastal waters, augmenting the capabilities of fast attack boats and frigates. They are equipped with two 27 mm Mauser MLG27 remote-controlled, fully-automatic cannons, and one OTO Melara 76 mm gun.

The corvettes are also feature a helicopter landing deck and use the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) – guided naval missile for close-in defense against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters and surface threats.


Russian Navy gets 2 new Sukhoi Su-30SMs, Kalibr Cruise Missiles, Torpedoes and a Corvette

Sovershenny Corvette Project 20380 was delivered to the Russian Navy on July 20.

Russia’s Navy received 60 cruise missiles Kalibr and 42 torpedoes from the manufacturers over the past three months, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday.

“Two naval aircraft Sukhoi-30SM, more than 60 cruise missiles Kalibr and 42 torpedoes were provided for the Navy,” he said.

Also, he recalled that the flag-hoisting ceremony took place on The Sovershenny corvette of project 20380 on July 20. The ship built at the Amur shipyards was handed over to the Navy.

“On the acceptance list there are also three submarines, which have undergone repairs in docks, two raider boats, a pier of project 15163 and a large antisabotage boat,” Borisov said.

He recalled that on June 26 the nuclear powered submarine Yuri Dolgoruky of project 955 carried out a submerged launch of a ballistic missile Bulava to hit a target at the Kura proving ground in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Source: TASS Russian News Agency.


Chinese task group bound for Finland after Baltic Sea drills with Russia

Chinese warships are photographed from Norwegian Navy frigate and Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 flagship HNoMS Otto Sverdrup in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Captain (army) Rune Haarstad.

After concluding their drills with the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea, ships from the Chinese Navy’s task group are scheduled to visit Finland for a regularly scheduled port call.

Three Chinese warships, Type 052D destroyer Hefei (DDG-174), Type 054A frigate Yuncheng (571) and Type 903 replenishment ship Luomahu (964), are currently taking part in the Maritime Cooperation 2017 exercise.

The exercise, which started July 21 and is set to conclude on July 28, is taking place under close watch of NATO SNMG1 ships.

The Russian Navy is participating with Project 20380 corvettes Steregushchiy and Boikiy, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

According to an announcement by the Finnish defense forces, the Chinese task group is expected to arrive in Finland on August 1 for a four-day visit. The ship will berth at Katajanokka, Port of Helsinki, where they will host an open ship event on August 2.

A navy spokesperson said the visit was a routine port call with no exercises or other activities planned.


Russian shipyard floats out latest corvette armed with cruise missiles

Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchiy Dmitriy Reshetnikov/TASS

TASS Russian News Agency, 1 July 2017

The Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia has floated out the Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchiy armed with the Kalibr-NK missile complex, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.
The command to float out the warship was given by United Shipbuilding Corporation Vice-President and Severnaya Verf CEO Igor Ponomaryov.

The corvette will start undergoing trials in August and is expected to be transferred to the Navy before the end of 2018.

The Gremyashchiy is the first Project 20385 corvette built after the upgrade of the corvette basic Project 20380. The Severnaya Verf Shipyard is also building the second warship of this class, the Provorny.

The project has been developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. Multipurpose corvettes of this type are designed for detecting and destroying enemy submarines and surface ships, providing for amphibious landings and solving various tasks in the near sea zone. The project stipulates a hangar for a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and have an operational range of 3,500 miles and a cruising capacity of 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Redut air defense missile system and the Paket anti-submarine warfare complex.


The Finnish Defence Forces Started Preparations for Acquiring Squadron 2020 Maintenance Capability

Photo: Finnish MoD

Puolustusvoimat – Finnish Defence Forces, 29 May 2017

The Defence Forces Logistics Command and the Finnish Navy, together with the Defence Forces’ strategic partner Millog, have started preparations for acquiring the capabilities needed to maintain and service Squadron 2020 vessels.

The Ministry of Defence authorised the Finnish Defence Forces to order project support from Millog Ltd to support the project group 20172021. The Millog experts in the project group will work under the guidance of Defence Forces personnel. The project support is connected to Squadron 2020’s construction development and has a total value of 4.6 million euros. The support is included in the Squadron 2020 total budget.

Millog’s support enables creating the necessary maintenance and service capabilities already in the squadron’s planning and construction phases. The project ensures the transfer of knowledge from the planning phase to all the way through the life cycle of Squadron 2020. At the same time the experts are supporting the creation of the capability and for their their part ensure that the project advances.

Squadron 2020 project multirole corvettes.

The 7.5 million euro design contract for four multi-role corvettes, follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Defence Forces and RMC in September 2016.

Under the contract, RMC will further define the vessel concept and produce the basic design material which is required for manufacturing the vessels. The contract to actually construct the vessels is scheduled to be signed in the course of 2018.

In early April, Finland also announced the names of three shortlisted combat system bidders for the vessels.  German Atlas Elektronik GmbH, the Canadian Lockheed Martin Canada Inc and the Swedish Saab Ab were down-selected for further consideration.

Squadron 2020 vessels are expected to be capable of surface warfare operations, naval mine and anti-submarine warfare, in addition to command and control capabilities and the ability to stay at sea for prolonged times in all weather and ice conditions.

In addition to minelayer, FNS Pohjanmaa, which has already been decommissioned, the vessels of the Squadron 2020 project will replace four fast attack missile craft of the Rauma class and two minelayers of the Hämeenmaa class. The total cost of the project has been estimated to be 1.2 billion euros. According to plan, the first vessels will be commissioned in 2021.


Russian Navy to get four frigates by 2020

Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov

TASS Russian News Agency, 26 June 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, June 26. /TASS/. Four Project 22350 frigates are planned for their transfer to the Russian Navy by 2020, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said on Monday.

“The [Project 22350] lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov is undergoing state trials. The Navy’s Main Command displays an especially demanding and meticulous attitude to the lead warships of new projects and in this regard we are closely interacting with the industry. A series of Project 22350 frigates, four hulls, are planned to be built by 2020,” he said.

Russian Navy Shipbuilding Chief Vladimir Tryapichnikov earlier said that the transfer of four Project 22350 warships was planned until 2025, after which the project would be modernized.

Navy Commander-in-Chief Korolyov also said that two Project 11356 frigates – the Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen – and the third warship of the series (the Admiral Makarov) were undergoing state trials and will be demonstrated to participants in the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show that would be held on June 28 – July 2.

“As was stipulated by the shipbuilding program, we are smoothly switching over to the construction of large-displacement combat ships. In the coming days, the Northern Wharf Shipyard in Petersburg will float out the new Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchiy fitted out with precision weapons and Russian-made engines,” the Navy chief said.

Project 22350 warships have a displacement of 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots. They are armed with Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles and the Poliment-Redut air defense missile system.




German parliament green-lights construction of five corvettes

German Navy photo of K130 corvette Ludwigshafen am Rhein at sea.

NAVALTODAY, 23 June 2017

The German parliament on Wednesday decided to approve 11 billion euros for arms procurement which will include the construction of additional five K130 corvettes.

The German Navy is expected to receive the five ships by 2023.

Prior to this decision, German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen’s aim to procure the additional K130 corvettes was faced with hold ups by the parliament’s budget committee over the price of the ships and by the German cartel office regarding the selection of shipbuilders.

Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Inspector of the Navy, said he was pleased with the decision adding that it would now allow the navy to build the much-needed ships as fast as possible.

The K130 corvettes, also referred to as Braunschweig-class, are being ordered because of the navy’s increased scope and tempo of operations. They will be built by the Lürssen – TKMS shipbuilding duo joined by German Naval Yards.

Russia’s first Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchy ready for June 30 launch

Gremyashchy on the slipway. Photo: Severnaya Verf.

TASS Russian News Agency, 19 June 2017

The lead ship of Russian Navy’s new Project 20385 corvettes, Gremyashchy, was rolled out of the factory hall and placed on the open slipway ahead of her launch on June 30.

The Severnaya Verf shipyard rolled out the corvette on June 19 and is yet to assemble her topmast and underwater parts.

Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau, Gremyashchy-class corvettes are an advanced variant of Steregushchy-class (Project 20380) multi-purpose corvettes in service with the Russian Navy since 2007.

Severnaya Verf started construction of Gremyashchy in May 2011 and the keel-laying ceremony was held in February 2012.

The ship received Russian-built turbine engines in 2016 which were delivered after sanctions on Russia prevented German company MTU from delivering the original engines.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and measure 104 meters in length.

They are equipped with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Redut air defense system and the small-size anti-submarine torpedo system Paket. The corvettes also feature a hangar and flight deck for the Ka-27 naval helicopter.

BALTOPS 2017 concludes

US Navy photo of ships sailing in formation during BALTOPS 2017.

NAVALTODAY, 17 June 2017

Some 50 ships from 14 nations concluded this year’s edition of BALTOPS 2017, the largest NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea, entering Kiel, Germany on Friday.

The U.S.-led drill saw participants hone their skills in air, surface, sub-surface, mine warfare and amphibious operations in the Baltic Sea.

“Exercise BALTOPS has provided us with valuable high-end training across the entire spectrum of naval warfare, and enhanced interoperability between Allies and Key Partners,” said Commander SNMG1, Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist (NOR). “Our presence and well executed exercises demonstrates that we are stronger together.

Commodore Sandquist commanded of one of five maritime task groups during the exercise. His task group was comprised of the two SNMG1 ships and four additional ships: US destroyer USS James E. Williams, Danish command and support ship HDMS Absalon, Swedish corvette HSwMS Nyköping, and Finnish minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa.

Finnish minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa.

Nations participating in BALTOPS included Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland and Sweden.

The ships’ arrival to Kiel coincided with the kick off of the city’s annual maritime festival. The German Navy is hosting forty ships and submarines from 13 nations at the Kiel navy base as part of the festival.


Russia’s new corvette to be launched in June

Project 20385, Gremyashchy-class corvette.

TASS Russian News Agency, 12 June 2017

MOSCOW, June 12 /TASS/. The Gremyashchy, a corvette for the Russian Navy’s Project 20385, will be launched in St. Petersburg in June, the navy’s spokesman Igor Dygalo said today.

“By the end of 2017, a new Project 20385 corvette – the Gremyashchy – will be launched at the Northern Shipyards in St. Petersburg. It will be equipped with a precision-guided munition and Russian-made propulsion systems,” he said.

Dygalo said that in 2016 the corvette had been equipped with propulsion systems produced at the Kolomensky Plant under the technical specifications of the Russian Navy’s General Headquarters as part of the import substitution industrialization program in naval construction.

The Project 20385 multi-purpose corvettes serve to identify and destroy the enemy’s submarines and surface ships, conduct landing operations and solve various tasks in the close maritime zone (from 200 to 500 nautical miles from the coast).

These ships are equipped with artillery, missile and anti-submarine systems, as well as modern radar aids. The corvette also has a flight deck.


Ships in Profile: Steregushchiy-class corvette

The Steregushchiy class (Russian: стерегущий – “vigilant”) is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO. Project 20382 “Tigr” is an export variant that has been ordered by Algeria. Project 20385 is another variant.

This type has been further developed into the Gremyashchiy-class corvette and Derzky-class corvette.

The ships of the Steregushchiy class are multipurpose corvettes, designed to replace the Grisha class. Such ships are used for littoral zone operations, engagement of enemy submarines and surface ships, and gun support of landing operations. The first batch built at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg consists of four ships. A second building line has been started at Komsomolsk. The lead ship of this second batch was named Sovershennyy.

The Russian Navy has publicly announced that they expect to buy at least 30 of these ships, for all four major fleets.

According to Jane’s Naval Forces News, the first vessel was commissioned on 14 November 2007.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles. Stealth technology was widely used during construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs. Newest physical field reduction solutions were applied too. As a result, designers considerably reduced the ship’s radar signature thanks to hull architecture and fire-resistant radar-absorbent fiberglass applied in tophamper’s design.

The Kashtan CIWS on the first ship was replaced in subsequent vessels by 12 Redut VLS cells containing 9M96E medium-range SAMs of the S-400 system. SS-N-27 (Kalibr type missiles) will be fitted to a larger domestic version, Project 20385.

The export version known as Project 20382 Tigr carries either eight supersonic SS-N-26 (P-800 Oniks) anti-ship missiles or sixteen subsonic SS-N-25 ‘Switchblade’ (Kh-35E Uran). It also carries two twin-tube launchers for 533mm heavy torpedoes. The A-190E 100mm gun first used in the Talwar-class frigates is controlled by a 5P-10E system that can track four targets simultaneously. Protection from air attacks is provided by the Kashtan CIWS and eight mounts for the SA-N-10 ‘Grouse’ (9K38 Igla) SAM.

The Kashtan (Russian: Каштан, English: Chestnut) close-in weapon system (CIWS) is a modern naval air defence gun-missile system deployed by the Russian Navy.

Operational History

  • Steregushchiy started sea trials in November 2006 and was commissioned in the Baltic fleet on 14 November 2007.
  • Soobrazitelnyy, the second ship in the class, was launched on 31 March 2010, was expected to start sea trials in November/December 2010. Soobrazitelnyy was commissioned in October 2011.
  • Boikiy was commissioned in May 2013.
  • Stoikiy was commissioned in May 2014. Flag-raising ceremony was conducted on 27 July 2014.


Name Pennant number Project Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Note
Steregushchiy 530 2038.0 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
21 December 2001 16 May 2006 14 November 2007 Baltic
Soobrazitelnyy 531 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
20 May 2003 31 March 2010 14 October 2011 Baltic
Boikiy 532 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
27 July 2005 15 April 2011 16 May 2013 Baltic
Sovershennyy 333 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
30 June 2006 22 May 2015 projected for 2017 Pacific
Stoikiy 545 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
10 November 2006 30 May 2012 28 May 2014 Baltic
Gromkiy 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
17 February 2012 July 2017 Pacific
Retiviy 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
20 February 2015 2018
Strogiy 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
20 February 2015 2018
Aldar Tsydenzhapov 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
22 July 2015 Pacific
Rezkiy 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
1 July 2016 Pacific

Class overview

Name: Steregushchiy class
  • Severnaya Verf
  • Komsomolsk Shipyard
  •  Russian Navy
  •  Algerian National Navy
Preceded by: Grisha class
Succeeded by: Gremyashchiy class
  • Project 2038.2 Tigr (export)
  • Project 2038.5 (domestic)
  • Project 2038.6 (domestic)
Cost: US$120-150m (est. for Tigr)
Built: 2001 – current
In service: 2007 – current
Building: 4
Planned: 12
Completed: 5
Active: 4
General characteristics
Class and type: Project 2038.0 (2038.1)
Type: Corvette
  • Standard: 1,800 tons
  • Full: 2,200 tons
Length: 104.5 m (343 ft)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft)
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Installed power: AC 380/220V, 50 Hz, 4×630 kw diesel genset
Propulsion: 2 shaft CODAD, 4 Kolomna 16D49 diesels 23,664 hp (17.6 MW)
Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Endurance: 15 days
Complement: 90
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air search radar: Furke 2 (Furke-E, Positiv-ME1, SMILE Thales for export)
  • Surface search radar: Granit Central Scientific Institute Garpun-B/3Ts-25E/PLANK SHAVE radar
  • Monument targeting radar
  • Fire control radar: Ratep 5P-10E Puma for A-190
  • Sonar: Zarya-M (Zarya-ME for export) suite, bow mounted. Vinyetka low frequency active/passive towed array
  • Navigation: GORIZONT-25 integrated navigation system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • EW Suite: TK-25E-5 ECM
  • Countermeasures: 4 x PK-10 decoy launchers
  • 1 × 100mm A-190 Arsenal or 130mm A-192 naval gun
  • 1 × Kashtan CIWS-M (Project 20380)
  • 2 × 4 Uran Kh-35 (SS-N-25)
  • 12 × Redut VLS cells (Project 20381)
  • 2 × AK-630М CIWS
  • 2 × 4 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK (Paket-NK/E for export) anti-torpedo/anti-submarine torpedoes
  • 2 × 14.5mm MTPU pedestal machine guns
Aircraft carried: Hangar for Ka-27 Helicopter


Kamov Ka-27 Helix Military Helicopter.