Peru To Build 13 New Naval Vessels
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
The Peruvian Ministry of De- fense has signed a $300 million
contract with Peru’s government
shipyard SIMA for the construction
of 13 naval vessels. The vessels will
be built at SIMA’s main shipyard in
Callao and small vessel facility at
SIMA Iquitos. South Korea’s Daewoo
Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Thales are
providing technical support.
The 13 ships include two 7,000-
ton logistic support ships, one sail
training ship, four offshore patrol
vessels (OPVs) and six coastal patrol
boats. All of these vessels are believed
to be of South Korean designs as
DSME signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the
Peruvian government in April to
build and modernize its naval vessels.
The big question for Peru is if it
can actually build all 13 vessels within the $300 million contract. While
construction costs are relatively
cheap in Peru when compared with
Korea, a second cash infusion of up
to $300 million may be needed to
complete all 13 units as planned. The
new patrol boats could begin delivering by 2014, the OPVs by 2016 and
the first logistic support ship in 2018.
Although new submarines were
part of the original MoU, they were
not part of this agreement as the
submarines will have to be built in
South Korea. SIMA Peru has never
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The Venezuelan Coast Guard has ordered two Damen 4207 patrol boats, pictured here, along with five Damen 2606 patrol craft to bolster its coastal and
riverine patrol capabilities.
Venezuela To Gain
Seven Coast Guard Craft
The Venezuelan Coast Guard has
contracted with UCOCAR shipyard
in Puerto Cabello for the construction and technology transfer of seven
patrol vessels: two Damen 4207
patrol boats and five Damen 2606
patrol craft. The all-aluminum
Damen 2606 is 26.05 meters (85.5
feet) in length and displaces 35 tons.
It is armed with three 12.7mm
machine guns, three 7.62mm
machine guns and one automatic
grenade launcher. It is capable of a
top speed of 25 knots with a range of
1,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.
The steel-hull-with-aluminum-superstructure Damen 4207 is 42. 8
meters (140.4 feet) in length and displaces 238 tons. It is armed with one
20mm cannon, and two 12.7mm
machine guns and two 7.62mm
machine guns. It is capable of a top
speed of 26 knots with a range of
1,750 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Currently, the Venezuelan Coast
Guard operates one Damen 2606
alongside numerous other patrol
boats and craft in order to patrol
the coastal and riverine areas of the
nation. With the contract for
construction now in place with
UCOCAR, all seven vessels likely
will be commissioned by 2015.
The Azerbaijan (Azeri) Navy (AN)
had ordered new submarines for operations in the Caspian Sea. Although
the types and numbers of submarines
were not disclosed, the boats are believed to be mini-submarines in order
to counter the Iranian conventional
and unconventional threat in the
Caspian Sea in addition to providing
a platform to transport its own special forces teams.
In the past, the AN utilized the
Russian-built Triton 2 mini-submarines for special forces
operations. However, those vessels
were built in the 1960s and no
longer are operational. Although
the builder and number of units
have not been disclosed, the Italian
COSMOS MG110 would be the
most likely candidate with a maximum of four hulls ordered.
The COSMOS MG110 is 28
meters (91.8 feet) in length with a
displacement of 110 tons. It can
carry two torpedoes and two to