The Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense has signed a contract with Abu
Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the
construction of eight landing craft
and high-speed vessels.
The $71 million contract is believed to include two 64-meter
(210-foot) landing craft and one
42-meter (137.8-foot) landing craft
for amphibious operations, and
five 15-meter ( 49.2-foot) fast landing craft that will be used to patrol
the shallow coastal regions of the
ADSB’s 64-meter landing craft
are designed with a bow ramp for
use during amphibious operations
for the discharge of vehicles, personnel and equipment onto a
beach area. They are powered by
two Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines
for a top speed of 10. 5 knots and
crewed by 19 personnel.
The 42-meter landing craft also
has a bow ramp for vehicle and
personnel debarkation and is powered by two Caterpillar 3406 diesel
engines for a top speed of 10 knots.
It is crewed by 11 personnel and
can transport up to 40 troops.
The high-speed vessels are
believed to be assault boats capable
of high-speed interdiction as well
as transporting a small assault
force. They will be powered by two
diesel engines driving two water
jets with a top speed of more than
40 knots and the capability to
operate in very shallow water.
The eight units are expected to
be built within 24 months, meaning that all of the craft will be
delivered to the Kuwaiti Navy by
2018, with construction beginning
Design Contract Set
Fincantieri subsidiary Vard Marine
has received a $4.5 million contract
from the Chilean Navy to design the
new Antarctic icebreaker for the sea
service. This program began in 2013
when Chile decided to move forward with the replacement of the
icebreaker Contre-Almirante Oscar
Viel Toro that was commissioned in
1960 in the Canadian Coast Guard
and transferred to Chile in 1995.
The Chilean government has
estimated that the single hull will
cost around $445 million and stated
that it would be built at ASMAR’s
Talcahuano Shipyard. It is scheduled for commissioning in 2021,
indicating a start date of 2018.
The design phase likely will be
completed in late 2017 and be followed by a request for proposal being
released to ASMAR and Vard Marine
for local construction in Chile.
The new icebreaker is expected to
be around 84 meters (275.5 feet) in
length with a displacement of 12,000
tons and the ability to operate one
medium-sized helicopter. It likely
will be powered by a diesel-electric
powerplant and have the capability
to break through first-year ice.
Egypt to Receive
First Mistral LHD
The Egyptian Navy will take delivery of its first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship (LHD) by midyear.
The first crew arrived in France to
begin training in late January. The
second unit, still under construction at France’s DCNS, is expected
to be delivered in 2017.
The two LHDs were sold to Egypt
for an estimated $1.1 billion, a contract that includes two French
EDAR catamaran landing craft and
four medium landing craft. The
LHDs reportedly are being financed
by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Egypt’s Navy reportedly also has
completed the deal for up to 46
Russian Kamov Ka- 52 Alligator
navalized assault helicopters that
will form the air wings for the
LHDs. Egypt began negotiations
for the helicopters with Russia late
Kuwait Signs Deal for
Amphibious, Patrol Craft
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
The Chilean Navy has awarded a contract for the design of a new Antarctic
icebreaker to replace the nearly 60-year-old Contre-Almirante Oscar Viel Toro,