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Swedish Navy's HMS Visby test fires first guided missile
naval-technology.com ^ | 2 July 2012

Posted on 07/02/2012 9:59:53 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Swedish Navy's HMS Visby test fires first guided missile

The Swedish Navy's first Visby-class corvette HMS Visby has successfully test fired a RBS15 anti-ship missile, marking a major milestone in the development of the ship, off dry-dock at Karlskrona, Sweden.

Swedish Defence Procurement Agency (FMV) Visby corvettes project manager Anders Nilsson said: "This was perhaps the most important last milestone before the first Visby-class corvette enters full operational service."

Third Naval Warfare Flotilla Visby's trials crew head Frank Johnson added: "Both the crew of the HMS Visby and staff have worked extremely hard in recent times to get everything to work and it is particularly gratifying that all went according to plan."

The FMV is scheduled to deliver the final version of the first two Visby corvettes, equipped with an entire range of heavy weapons, to the Swedish Armed Forces in the later part of 2012.

The 72m-long Visby-class ships has been designed for mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and feature a suite of ASW equipment, 127mm rocket-powered grenade launchers, depth charges and torpedoes.

The Swedish FMV had originally received the lead ship of the class, Visby (K31) in June 2002, while the second and third HMS Helsingborg (K32) and Harnosand (K33) were officially delivered in June 2006.

The fourth Nykoping (K34) vessel was delivered to the Swedish FMV in September 2006 and the fifth Karlstad (K35) ship was launched in August 2006.

The Swedish Navy will receive all five modernised ships by 2014, while the last vessel will be used to support attack and anti-surface warfare operations.

FMV, Kockums and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have collaborated to provide materials and construction techniques for the frigates.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corvette; missile; rbs15; sweden

Image: The Bofors RBS 15 anti-ship missile lifts from HMS Visby towards the sky. Photo: courtesy of Försvarsmakten HeliAir Sweden.

1 posted on 07/02/2012 9:59:59 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: WesternCulture

ping


2 posted on 07/02/2012 10:20:45 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The USN tested Visby, but it wasn't considered. Visby would conflict with the USN’s precious (and fundamentally flawed) LCS design.
3 posted on 07/02/2012 10:21:40 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: aposiopetic

It looks like it blew out the other side of the ship. ;-)


4 posted on 07/03/2012 3:47:17 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
I can visualize this in a smaller size for the average Joe to use.
5 posted on 07/03/2012 4:30:00 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I think I bought a Visby end table at IKEA last year.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 4:40:39 AM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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