last year. The first Ka-52s will
arrive in Egypt by early 2018.
The LHDs will be owned by the
Egyptian Navy, although more
than likely shared for common
missions with Saudi Arabia and the
UAE. All three countries now are
involved in operations to counter
Iranian influence in the region;
specifically in Yemen.
Finmeccanica announced that it has
signed an agreement with the government of Angola for the delivery
of two fast-interceptor craft and several coastal radar and repeater station systems.
The deal, worth a reported
$132.8 million, will provide $7.28
million for the two interceptor
craft and $125.52 million for the
radar systems to help secure
Angola’s territorial waters.
The radar systems will be provided by Finmeccanica’s subsidiary
Selex and consist of several coastal
radar repeater and communication
stations, installation, training and
The two interceptor craft are to
be provided by Whitehead Sistemi
Subacquei, including training for
crew and mechanics. The exact type
of vessel is as yet unknown. The
two boats are to be delivered by the
end of 2017.
The combination of the radar stations and small interceptor craft will
allow the Angolan Navy to monitor
and intercept vessels trespassing in
its territorial waters, saving money
on fuel for larger sea-going vessels
making continuous patrols.
Orders Patrol Boats
The Mexican Navy has signed a
contract with Damen Shipyards
Group for three additional 42-
meter (137.7-foot) Damen Stan
Patrol 4207 patrol boats. All three
boats will be built at Mexico’s
ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico. Damen
will provide the engineering, mate-
rial package, technical assistance
and crew training.
All three hulls should be
launched by the end of the year,
bringing the total number of hulls
to 10. Each unit has an estimated
cost of about $9 million.
Known as the Tenochtitlan class,
the first seven units had been commissioned by the end of 2015 under
a program that began in 2011. Up to
22 patrol boats of this class could be
ordered through 2019. All will be
built in Mexico at ASTIMAR 1. ;
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