Skip to comments.Israel Shipyards Introduces the SAAR 72 Mini-Corvette Design
Posted on 05/16/2013 11:32:38 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Israel Shipyards Introduces the SAAR 72 Mini-Corvette Design
Israel Shipyards is expanding the SAAR class of missile boats, extending the range from missile boats into Mini Corvette class vessels. The new class is addressing the growing requirements of Israel and other nations in extending maritime control and sovereignty far from their territorial waters. Defense-Update reports from IMDEX 2013.
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The Israel Navy is required to expand the security and responsibility over much larger area while doing that with an ageing fleet of Saar 4, 4.5 missile boats and 5 corvettes. If only to maintain the numbers of boats in service, the Israel Navy will require several new vessels in the coming years. Many of these vessels are becoming obsolete some of the oldest missile boats in service INS Atzmaut (Independence) and INS Nitzahon (Victory) are reaching 35 years in service an age considered the end of service life for such boats. Therefore, new platforms will be required in the near future. Through the years the Navy acquired 20 Saar 4/4.5 vessels, but the cash-strapped service could not afford to buy larger vessels, and, therefore limited the procurement of the larger Saar 5 corvettes to the three vessels built in the U.S. funded by Washingtons Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
The new Saar S-72 unveiled by Israel Shipyard at the recent IMDEX event in Singapore fits between the Navys existing Saar 4.5 missile boats, and Saar 5 corvettes. Through the years Israel Shipyards have built 33 Saar 4 and 4.5 class missile boats; 20 were delivered to the Israel Navy over the years. With the new Mini Corvette the shipyard hopes to expand its offering to meet the evolving requirements, of the Israel Navy, as well as of international customers overseas.
For Coast Guards and non-military operations the S-72 is a new platform that better fits the category of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV). For naval applications the same 800-ton vessel can be finished as a versatile Mini Corvette. Both are highly applicable to asymmetric warfare at sea, providing sufficient space for command and control, accommodation for special task forces on military or counter terror missions, or supporting rapid response or rescue operations. The large hangar stores a medium size helicopter and UAVs. The adjacent 15 meter long flight deck supports medium size helicopters up to AW139 class. The vessel is configured with loading crane, storage and berth deploying rubber boats / RHIBs or unmanned surface vessels.
The military version of SAAR S-72 mini corvette will be able to carry the latest weaponry required for a modern navy
In the military configuration the Saar-72 will offer a significant upgrade over the current Saar 4.5 in performance and combat capabilities. Applied with a slanted stealth finish, recessed exhausts, and radar integrated mast, designed to host both emitters (radar, EW) and passive sensors (ESM) without interference. The vessel can accommodate the IAI Elta EL/M-2258 Advanced lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) multi-mission naval radar, designed for blue water and littoral warfare support. This radar was selected by the Israel Navy for the upgrading of existing vessels as well as for its new combatants. The vessel can carry different weapons, including IAIs Barak 8 type missiles, various anti-ship missiles and precision surface attack weapons. The naval configuration is also fitted with an advanced naval gun.
Saar 72 type vessels are designed with spacious accommodation to 50 crewmembers plus 20 additional accommodations for passengers or special troops. It is equipped to sail on a 21 day missions, with mission range above 3000 NM.
Sources at the Israeli shipyard said they can complete the design and construction of the lead S-72/Saar-72 ship within a period of 30 months, and produce follow-on vessels in eight months. The shipyard can build the 72m vessel with its current facilities, but to accommodate the 85 meter version some expansions will be necessary.
Won’t be in time to defend against the Russian anti ship missiles.
This sounds like a vessel we could use!
Read between the line folks, these are to potect their off shore natural gas assets when they get up and running.....
looks like a shrunken LPD
Oh. Not this? Obama would love to have one.
That is Obama’s replacement for the tank
hone I shrunk the vette....
Probably more effective than our Little Crappy Ship.
They can only depress the 5-inch gun so far, and why waste a missile on a 30-foot cigarette filled with explosives - especially when the ROE won't allow them to fire until it's too close to target?
“The military version of SAAR S-72 mini corvette will be able to carry the latest weaponry required for a modern navy”
Does this mean that there is going to be a “non-military” version? lol
IMHO, corvettes and patrol boats in general aren’t much use to the USN, unless you want to create permanent naval bases in areas where you have confined short range threats of limited capability. They are extremely expensive and tempting targets against enemies with real air power, and if you have air supremacy, you have taken care of 90% of the mission the patrol boat is good for.
The United States does have patrol boats, but we call them Coast Guard cutters. I fear the new LCS (a corvette) will prove my point. It is far less capable than a DDG-51 and has no real niche capability that can’t be filled by teh DDG. The only positive that I can think of is that it is cheaper (maybe) to build, operate, and replace.
I was referring to the Royal Canadian Navy. We have a few blue water ships (our frigates and supply vessels), but most of our fleet is for coastal work and remote village supply.
The USN could use a few more vessels, but maily of the blue-water variety.
Which of obama's (non-terrorist, non-jihadist) buddies is going to get the first one?
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