4 MORE OPVs COMING TO THE NIGERIAN NAVY: PIPAVAV SHIPYARD WIN US$450 MILLION ORDER(2 UNITS, WITH AN OPTION ON A FURTHER 2 OPVS) FROM ‘WEST AFRICAN CLIENT’

An Agusta A109e Power of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm prepares to land on NNS Thunder F90

An Agusta A109e Power of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm prepares to land on NNS Thunder F90

TIMES OF INDIA
6 Aug, 2012

Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company (formerly Pipavav Shipyard) today said it has bagged two international orders worth Rs 1,192 crore from a West African client for building two offshore patrol vessels.

This is the first international order for Pipavav, which has recently ventured into defence sector, the company said in a statement. It added that the contract also has the option to increase the order to two more such vessels and has to be delivered in 32 months. Pipavav, however, did not disclose the name of its client from whom it has secured the orders.

“The contract value is pegged at Rs 1,192 crore with two option ships which can be exercised by the client within 24 months upon which the contract value may go up to Rs 2,504 crore,” it said. The company further said it is negotiating
for four numbers corvette type warships
with a global major but did not disclose
further.

“One of the thrust areas of the company is to focus on foreign military sales to the friendly countries,” the company said. The offshore patrol vessels are a 95 meter long and are similar to five vessels for which the Ministry of Defence has place orders with Pipavav last year, it added.

The company further said after the order its current order book size has increased by 20 per cent, though did not reveal its total order book size. Shares of Pipavav closed today at Rs 61.25 apiece on the BSE, down 2.16 per cent from the previous close.

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56 Responses to 4 MORE OPVs COMING TO THE NIGERIAN NAVY: PIPAVAV SHIPYARD WIN US$450 MILLION ORDER(2 UNITS, WITH AN OPTION ON A FURTHER 2 OPVS) FROM ‘WEST AFRICAN CLIENT’

  1. beegeagle says:

    These were the first tentative steps..for anyone who is not keen on putting two and two together.

    http://www.navhindtimes.in/business/nigeria-senate-committee-navy-visits-gsl

    The aforementioned shipyard is almost certainly going to handle the outsourced construction – same way the Singaporean Suncraft Sea Eagle OPC contract was handled by Nautica Nova Shipyard of Malaysia. Not unheard of when a shipbuilder has a glut of contracts to handle.

    PIPAVAV are building five similar OPVs, reverse engineered and modified Russian-type Tigr light frigates, for the Indian Navy. So we are following the knowing footsteps of a worthy Indian Navy.

    Well done, FG for solutions that WORK and are not booby-trapped with the threat of sanctions down the line.

    Sri Lanka loaned a slightly smaller Indian OPV which led the deep offshore strikes during the closing days of the Civil War when as many as ten Tamil Tiger ships carrying arms were intercepted and destroyed in the deep ocean by the Sri Lanka Navy, sometimes as far as 1,700 miles offshore.

    That is the OPV advantage. We need to forget about ships in the 46m-60m category. Given the Nigerian reality, their day was yesterday.

    Buy and/or build as the case may be, 24m OCEA and 25m Shaldag Mk.II patrol craft, 27m Shaldag Mk.III patrol craft, 31m Made-in-Nigeria SDBs, 32m OCEA patrol craft, refurbish all our 31m-35m patrol craft and 38 metre Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft…all of which we already own or have on order as we speak. Let us standardise using the 32m OCEA patrol craft as our missile craft.

    Beyond this 24m-38m category, let’s strictly do OPVs and light frigates. Plain and simple. Non-oceanic 45-60m ships have no role in our new Navy. Convert all our 58 metre Lurssen and Combattante III missile craft to replenishment vessels which can sail out to meet ‘more serious’ ships 35 nautical miles offshore and transfer supplies to them, troopships for moving troops into the estuaries of the Niger Delta and training ships.

    Wow, it going to be a 25-hour day for all members and friends of the Nigerian military. On naval acquisitions, the GEJ administration, sustaining this tempo, is now almost sure to surpass the Shagari administration on naval acquisitions.

    It is entirely another matter trying to draw level as it concerns Army and Air Force acquisitions. Shagar raised the bar – FH77A 155mm arty, Palmaria 155mm SP arty, Scorpion tanks, Steyr trackes APCs, Vickers Eagle tanks, G222s, C130H-30s, Alpha Jets, Aermacchi jets, Jaguar jets..the list goes on. Shagari was a man-and-half..too tough an act for his mostly low-aspiring successors to follow.

    Here comes President GEJ to rewrite the script – Su30MKs, Mi-171Sh Terminator, CN235 transport planes, Daewoo LPDs, submarines, an Absalon destroyer, Leopard 2A4 tanks, GILA and Casspir Mk.VI MRAPs..yes, you can, Mr President. Go for it

  2. beegeagle says:

    Hehehe Tim..Tiiiimmm, did you read the embedded weblink above in which the Navy were

    * looking to acquire 110 metre (length above water) 2000 ton OPVs

    * did you read the fact that this contract was going to be signed during Q3 2012?

    * did the FG provide for two OPVs in the 2012 budget or not?

    * did the Senate C’tee on the Navy visit India to inspect a shipyard last February or not?

    Man mi, I value my credibility more than jingoism or misplaced patriotic fervour. If you still do not realise that, you probably have not been following closely enough. We do not do hoaxes here, however far out it seems at the onset. We are not in East Africa. What is the difference between dusk and sunset anyway?

    Well buddy, wait right there if you are willing to wait until it becomes an open secret. My international back channel communication already delivered the facts for me before I went to press.

    Signed, sealed, delivered…they are NIGERIA’s and nothing changes that. You still do not know that ‘an unnamed African client’ is synonymous with Nigeria? Ask Doziex. WHEREVER the Nigerian military are able to get away with not being named as a client, bar Western transactions which go with full disclosure clauses, the interchangeable description is always “an unnamed African client”. That is the standard giveaway.

  3. beegeagle says:

    VINDICATED: QED – Beegeagle’s Blog..PRECISION GUARANTEED

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/fy-2012-nigerian-naval-acquisitions-specifications-of-the-opvs/

    So, here is where we are

    * 4 Pipavav OPVs(patterned on the Russian Tigr light frigates)

    * 2 Chinese stealth OPVs

    * three OPVs/OPCs coming through NIMASA

    * Request put in for a used USCG 3,250 ton Hamilton-class frigate.

    All that is left to do now is for the FG to place orders for 2 Makassar-class LPDs from Daewoo in 2013($100m), three Knud Rasmussen OPVs from Denmark($150m) and then acquire three used Pohang corvettes($90m) from Korea and we have a solid greenwater navy that can represent us everywhere.

    Like Admiral Rastus pointed out the other day, these are basically reverse-engineered Russian Tigr light frigates.

    KUDOS, FGN!! Way to go. Many, many thanks, sirs. Proud and thrilled. Nigerian Navy…ONWARD TOGETHER.

    Yes, we have a Navy.

  4. Kudos Gen Beeg…We remain loyal to you…..Gen Beeg for president…Pecavi for Vee Pee

    • beegeagle says:

      Lol..dis we Ken sef! Abeg o..Beegeagle for Special Assistant (Research, Procurement and Global Liaison) to the National Security Adviser would be OKAY for me. There we can do digital age, 5-star work for Nigeria such as you all want to see being done.

      Mek una Naija wahala nor com kill man before im time. Peccavi dem fit try. Na soldier wey understand Boko Haram dem type

  5. hahahahaha…But Gen Beeg….Doing CCTV cameras with facial recognition is not rocket science…I can even do it on my own. So why r we still wasting time policing in old school ways? We need to change our approach and thinking towards security matters.

  6. Solorex says:

    Oga Beegs, Is it possible for us to be brought up to date on the OPV’s armament and Engine specs? It must also mean that the payment is progressive;for the standard listed spec of Tigr class/Pipavav Vessel the announced budget appears very small. Not trying to flatter you sir, but you are good at what you do!

    • beegeagle says:

      The budgetary provision in FY 2012 is simply about advance payment. Like last year’s carried over transaction which netted the Chinese stealth OPVs after the initial bid for Portuguese OPVs flopped, the $42m is merely a down payment. When the contract for the Chinese OPVs was signed last April, it emerged that the contract sum was $155 million for both units.

      Going by the 2010 order for five Pipavav ships by the Indian Navy, the minimum unit cost of one ship is over $115 million.

      So the 2012 outlay for OPVs is merely for advance payment. The precise cost for the first two units of Pipavav light frigates is $218.4 million. By the time, you add the option of a further two units plus weapons and spares, the grand total for all four units peaks at a cool $500 million.

      We are not complaining AT ALL, FG so better not get distracted by our flippant compatriots who would still knock you harder with the sledge hammer if they read that we are losing $1 billion monthly on account of maritime insecurity. You heard BBC Hausa implying the other day that the Navy had ‘surrendered’ simply because GWVSL were contracted to provide platforms for the NIMASA-NN joint patrols.

      Mural of the story, FG, is that you can’t win with Nigerians, so just get on with it. The sovereign authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is yours to exercise. Do so with heart and might, sirs. Goodluck.

  7. giles says:

    Oga beeg jst smal comment i wan mak,abeg tel dem say henceforth mak our ships new or old,mak dem utilise our natural gas cos deisel 2 cost,wit dis electricity go cheap 4 nigeria.tank and long liv de general

  8. gbash10 says:

    If this is really true,then i will say somebody is actually listening now.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Solorex..returnee foundation member.

    Well, like the Indian variants the unit price of these OPVs is in the $110-125 million range. The Tigr light frigates are priced in the $150m range.

    Now the fact that the Chinese stealth OPVs cost about $75m apiece while these slightly larger platforms cost so much more SUGGESTS that they shall almost certainly be armed as fighting ships. That accounts for the differential but it is still a great bargain, given the size of the ships.

    The fact that they shall be armed as light frigates probably also explains why their panoply is not listed. I suspect that the NN chose India to construct these ships so as to stay out of the NATO-Russia rivalry (the last time we had Russian platforms was when we fielded Komar torpedo boats during the Civil War) and more importantly, to be able to have hybrid systems on board – perhaps a Western-made engine, Israeli navtronics, Italian naval artillery, Chinese SSMs all integrated on board.

    The Thai Navy’s Pattani OPVs are a good example of an oceangoing vessel with hybrid systems.

    Keep an eye on this page, Solorex. We shall be beefing it up with details and photos as the days go by, God willing.

  10. gbash10 says:

    @Gen Beeg,this is really goodnews,however what are the capabilities of the Pipavav OPV compare to that of the Barasso light frigate?

    • tim says:

      How are we sure the ships are for nigeria and not another country

    • doziex says:

      Not much difference. if you ask me, light frigates, OPVs and corvettes are just semantics.

      They can all carry about the same size gun, between 2 & 4 antiship missile tubes, a light helicopter and may be a MANPAD sized surface to air missile.

      Big stuff in our neck of the woods, but nothing to write home about, on the global stage.

      Remember, the moroccan navy has taken delivery of Sigma frigates, and FREMM destroyers.

  11. gbash10 says:

    Are we going to benefit in terms of technology transfer from all these acquisitions?

  12. Donspony says:

    Very good news, the Tigr class export variant (Project 20382) on which this reverse engineered OPV MAY be based upon is well regarded. Only confused that article states ’95mm’ vs ‘110mm’ length. A couple of videos on YT if anyone wants to have a look on what the original ship looks like.
    Hopefully they struck a deal regarding technology transfer or some sort of local capacity shipbuilding as in the Chinese deal.

    • beegeagle says:

      Depends on whether it is “length above water” or the “length below the waterline” which was mentioned.

      All the details, full and final, can be grabbed by reading the technical data sheet of the Indian Navy variants.

  13. beegeagle says:

    Tiim, e don do now..abeg? They are for Sierra Leone. Satisfied? If somewhere down the line you hear that they belong to another country, you can stop reading what you see on these pages.

    What I cannot do is disclose my sources, some of whom write for the most reputable and referenced defence journals and logs, even as they are Beegeagle’s Bloggers. ALL have confirmed that this is Nigeria. That is what I call back channel communication…same way a Beegeagle’s Blogger who is networked at the Excess Defense Articles office in the USA let me know when Nigeria put in a bid for the USCGC Jarvis. Alert me when that also turns out to be a hoax. Is that not your point?

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/blog-exclusive-nigerian-navy-put-in-a-formal-request-for-another-hamilton-class-ship-uscgc-jarvis-whec-725/

    Here is another ‘UNNAMED AFRICAN COUNTRY’ order for Shaldag Mk.III FPCs. What’s new – same allocation in the FY 2012 budget as the first option of two OPVs.Well,how are we sure it is Nigeria?

    http://defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27264:nigerian-navy-believed-to-be-buyer-of-three-shaldag-fast-patrol-boats&catid=108:maritime-security&Itemid=233

  14. beegeagle says:

    Tough call o, Gbash10. Let’s see..you be the judge, man.

    TIGR light frigate

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steregushchy_class_corvette

    BAROSSO light frigate

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_corvette_Barroso_(V34)

  15. beegeagle says:

    This has been the most special year EVER for the Navy

    Direct acquisitions

    * 2 Chinese stealth OPVs

    * 2(+2) Pipavav light frigates

    * 3 units of 27m Shaldag Mk.III FPCs

    * 3 units of 24m OCEA patrol craft

    * 1 unit of 31m Seaward Defence Boat+ another unit on order(Made in Nigeria)

    * 6 units of ‘unknown’ patrol craft undergoing refurbishment in Holland by TP Marine

    * 6 units of 17m Manta Mk.II Interceptor

    * 4 units of helicopters

    * 3rd Party ACQUISITIONS

    – via NIMASA Maritime Guard Command

    * 20 armoured patrol boats

    * 3 units of OPV/OPCs?

    – through the Nigerian Ports Authority

    * one 32m OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft

    * two units of Manta ASD Interceptors

    * Distinct possibility.

    With 55 of the Customs Service’s 60 patrol boats now refloated and sailing, I also suspect that the ‘UNLIKELY’ two units of 25m KND patrol craft for which a $23m order was placed in April 2012 by the Customs Service might also end up in the hands of the Nigerian Navy. When that happens, remember that you heard it here FIRST

    A great year for maritime security it has been. Ride on, FG. This is how it is done. Let the sleeping giant FINALLY arise. Now that our football is dead, it looks like the Navy are set to be the next shining beacon out of Nigeria. Go, NN !!

  16. beegeagle says:

    @Solorex. The budgetary provision in FY 2012 is simply about advance payment. Like last year’s carried over transaction which netted the Chinese stealth OPVs after the initial bid for Portuguese OPVs flopped, the $42m is merely a down payment. When the contract for the Chinese OPVs was signed last April, it emerged that the contract sum was $155 million for both units.

    Going by the 2010 order for five Pipavav ships by the Indian Navy, the minimum unit cost of one ship is over $115 million.

    So the 2012 outlay for OPVs is merely for advance payment. The precise cost for the first two units of Pipavav light frigates is $218.4 million. By the time, you add the option of a further two units plus weapons and spares, the grand total for all four units peaks at a cool $500 million.We are not complaining AT ALL

    @FG. My Lords Temporal, better not get distracted by our flippant compatriots who would still knock you even harder with the sledge hammer if they read that we are losing $1 billion monthly on account of maritime insecurity. In Nigeria, a government is damned if it does and damned if it does not. You heard BBC Hausa implying the other day that the Navy had ‘surrendered’, simply because GWVSL were contracted to provide platforms for the NIMASA-NN joint patrols.

    Mural of the story, FG, is that you can’t win with Nigerians, so just get on with it and stop trying to please everybody. On this earth, we tread on sand and not on egg shells. So stamp your feet if you have to. The sovereign authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is yours to exercise. Do so with heart and might, sirs. Goodluck.

    We are off to a brand new start. Remember the NA and the NAF. They need

    * GILA+Casspir Mk.VI MRAPs
    * more Otokar Cobra+ Panhard VBL
    * choppers for Army Aviation
    * Su-30MK2 jets
    * Mi-171Sh Terminator assault helics
    * ex-German Bo-105 armed helics
    * Mi-24V/Mi-35P attack helicopters
    * Mi-17 utility helics

    • jimmyhollyee says:

      OGA BEEG
      Well done o se pupo (TRANSLATION “Thank you very much”)
      As one of the toughest critics of the F..G.’S slow- coach NAVY approach I must say this is very comprehensive and very ,very good it makes a lot of sense for Nigeria to go to INDIA, The relationship is there, Naval brass hats visited India last year,coupled with the hardest working SENATOR in Nigeria Sen Chris ANYANWU going to INDIA. There is something going on.
      The F.G. should make a genuine and well intentioned effort to go all out to get the uscg ship
      Jarvis This will serve as a big morale booster to the NAVY and will go a long way to strengthen further the relationship between the US and Nigeria.
      Last but not the least important the LEOPARD TANKS are ranked per mobility/ armor protection/armaments/technology and size maneuverability as the best tank in the world by some military experts .This is very important for the Nigeria army to have especially with what is going on on our northern flank/ neighborhood.Please Ibeg the F.G we need by conservative estimates at least 100 main battle tanks (M.B.T.)

  17. Spirit says:

    Oga Beeg,

    If you say so, I believe so. Finally, we are going to have a real Bluewater Navy.
    I am elated by this news. Let the oil and fish thieves and the pirates start searching for safer havens to ply their trade now. Because the giant is no longer sleeping.

    Gen Beeg, we are all excited about the Chinese corvettes. Not just because of the platforms themselves, but also because of the accompanying technology transfer. And like Oga gbash10 said, is there any form of technology transfer to Nigeria in this particular acquisition?

  18. gbash10 says:

    Woooh!@Gen Beeg,the comparism will give us the most capable boat between the two(laughing) abi no be so?Naija leaders don de do d correct thing gradually.
    God bless Nigeria!

  19. beegeagle says:

    Not heard about any technology transfer or local content clauses. That led me into thinking that this is going to be a more intricate start-to-finish job. I expect these to be more heavily armed ships is what I mean – more complicated construction work which leaves no room for experimentation.

    That is what came to mind.We shall see. God bless our Federal Republic of Nigeria

  20. karmarepair says:

    One small point about the Pipavav corvettes. The way I read the open source information, this is not a case of “reverse engineering” at all, but a partnership between Pipavav and Severnaya Verf, presumably with the knowledge of the design agent, Almaz.

    There are MANY examples in the commercial shipping and offshore world of this sort of deal. US designs for Semi-Submersible drill ships built in Korean yards, Dutch designs of patrol boats built in US yards, a Danish containership design in another US yard, US frigates built in Spain and Australia.

    This is NOT like the Chinese copies of Sidewinder missiles based on war prizes.

  21. doziex says:

    Oh o !! Ebi like say Oga president GEJ dey try flex small muscle. Well done mr. president, but don’t be shy.
    We need you to flex some more. In fact some overdue arrogance is needed in our acquisition attitude. just vex one morning, and add an Absalon destroyer to the list (LOL)

    As Oga Beegeagle implied, you are the commander in chief of the nigerian armed forces. You owe no nation, business partner, donor, praise singers or naysayers any explanation as to the need for an aggressive weapons and military build up.

    In chaos or in peace time, this aggressive rearmament program is justified.

    Oga Tim, the only other west african nation, budgeting for a naval build up other than nigeria, is equatorial guinea. And the Obiang’s have been fairly transparent about their spending spree. Also, they are still trying to source or train enough midshipmen, to staff the acquisitions they already made.

    Naija is the only african country that requires expertise in software coding, to decipher their defense expenditure or intentions.

    Ghana is spending mainly on fairly used refurbished systems. They have yet to show the ambition to grab one brand new OPV let alone 5 or 6 OPVs.

    Senegal is cash strapped, Ivory coast has bigger land based issues to deal with, and are still recovering from their civil war.
    So, even without @beegeale’s behind the scenes connections, it is fairly obvious, the these indian light frigates, are headed for the nigerian navy.

    And to that, the fact that our gallant senator Chris Anyanwu, is putting the rest of her self serving male colleges to shame,by her visits to the pipavav facilities, and the ship yard at Goa. She is taking the initiative to rebuild the navy, something that is in scarce supply in the house & senate.

    • tim says:

      Thank you sir oga Doziex for the explanation…. The explanation is enough to connect the dots…. But based on the fact that some other countries now have the “black gold”……… Makes me not to be in a haste to say fully it is Nigeria aqusition… Even if I will say 90% I believe it is nigerian boats been built…….. I was just wondering maybe an official stated somewhere that we have boats coming from india or something of the sort……. Rather than just visits

    • jimmy says:

      ah no oga doziex i no gree with you o! I dey tim side o nah my brother i heard it is the republic of benin that is the one coutry you left of the list lol @ oga tim we tire for you o!
      Again let me say this OGA SPIRIT is right if everything goes well q4of 2013 / early q1 of 2014 should see the arrival of some brand use up to date ships.

  22. Spirit says:

    Mr President,

    I implore you in the name of God Almighty and in the name of patriotism and the love me and my fellow patriots on this forum have for this nation, ACQUIRE AS MANY PLATFORMS AS POSSIBLE AND PAY FOR THEM ALL before 2015 for we are not sure the next government will have the same foresight as yours.
    President Shagari must have believed that the next government would up the ante and acquire more platforms for the military. But to his and our utmost dismay, it turned out that subsequent MILITARY GOVERNMENTS DELIBERATELY DESTROYED THE MILITARY BY STARVING IT OF FUNDS SUCH THAT NO NEW PLATFORMS WERE ACQUIRED FOR THE NAVY BETWEEN 1988 AND ADVENT OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION.

    Is it not ironic that military governments refused to equip the military?

    Sir, the people of this forum are not sycophants. We will praise you when you do well and say it when the opposite happens.

    This time around UNA DO WELL SIR!

    Three big Gbosas for GEJ!

    GBOSA!, GBOSA!!,GBOSAAA!!!

    Three Gbosas for Senator Anyanwu!

    GBOSA!,GBOSA!!, GBOSAAAA!!!

  23. beegeagle says:

    Allez, NN…Viva Nigeria. Na so..I hear you, Jimmy+Spirit. GEJ..all-time benefactor no. 1 of the Nigerian Navy.

    You know, gentlemen, during the Golden Jubilee of Independence Fleet Review and P’rade in 2010, the C-in-C actually apologised to the Navy on behalf of preceding FGs for the unpardonable neglect of the NN and promised to rewrite the story. I heard all of that and as a Naijaman, I just said to myself “hmn abeg, dis Oga too don begin mek mouth laik all de odas again”. Well, how WRONG I was. He has not only faced the Navy like none else (using the sheer tonnage of the ships ordered as parameter), we have actually crossed a rubicon..a Made-in-Nigeria warship.

    Well done, Mr President. We shall be here to tell your story in full. You know what we can do with facts and figures. So sustain the efforts, sir. We also humbly request that the NAF and the mighty NA get a deserved look in as soon as possible.

    Now we are poised to get one facet of national endeavour right. Hopefully, with nearly ten power stations worth billions of dollars under construction, electricity supply gels simultaneously. Little by little..from these acorns, tall oaks shall emerge

    By 2015, our EEZ shall be awash with floating behemoths which shall pursue the threat to Gabon, Sao Tome or St Helena and Guinea Bissau, if and when the need arises. That is the imperative of sea power.

    Way to go, FG. We cannot all be dependent on international maritime task forces to patrol our EEZ and the Gulf of Guinea.That is why God has given us the men and the means to be a giant among nations. We need to be roused from slumber and stand tall. Big things for big countries. Enough of crouching with minnows. It is against the natural order of things.

    Let Nigeria now ARISE.

  24. beegeagle says:

    Well, that was not just a visit but a FACILITIES INSPECTION TOUR which forms part of the due diligence pursuant to the award of naval contracts. The National Assembly and the Navy send delegations to inspect facilities prior to the final award of contracts.

    That is what happened here and that was why they did not visit more than one shipyard in India, assuming that it was a sight-seeing trip

    QUOTE

    “The Nigerian delegation expressed
    satisfaction on GSL’s capability to design and build sophisticated and high value ships and lauded GSL’s efforts in
    upgradation of the Shipyard to meet the
    future defence requirements”

    END OF QUOTE

    It is not their place to pass a vote of confidence on the capabilities of a shipyard to “design and build high value ships” unless the shipyard itself was being xrayed as a prelude to the award of a contract. It does not take rocket science to fathom that.

    Such due diligence trips did not begin today and even the Navy send their own delegations to inspect (not visit) shipyards before a contract is signed. Before the NNPC paid for the jumbo haul of Sea Eagle OPCs and 225+ river gunboats and landing craft in 2007/2008, the outgone CNS Admiral Adekeye similarly went to inspect facilities at Nautica Nova in Malaysia where the Sea Eagle OPCs were built(the contract was also for an “unnamed African country”) and at Strategic Marine in Australia where the the boats and landing craft were built.

    In the world of defence communication, sometimes there are tradeoffs. This is the biggest-ever foreign contract netted by an Indian defence contractor. If the FG requires that they keep things understated, it is not out of place for a Pipavav Shipyard seeking repeat business to play by the ‘rules’ of the client. This is what is happening now but in a matter of a few short weeks when the recipients of the “sneak previews” are less able to contain themselves, you shall read what you seek to see.

    For those of us who are able to crosscheck things behind the scenes, we ensured that we did multiple levels of confirmation from people who are topnotch defence communicators before going to press.

    Concerning the six patrol craft being refurbished by TP Marine for the Nigerian Navy, I recall saying to YOU that one Beegeagle’s Blogger who is a global defence analyst tried to check out the source of those patrol craft and got firewalled.

    So is it our established practice or our capability of verifying stuff relating to the Nigerian military overseas which is being called into question here, buddy?

  25. beegeagle says:

    SOME USCG SHIPS WE COULD USE NOW

    We said earlier on in the year that the US Government are only waiting to see that the Nigerian FG sign contracts for some ships, for the Americans to rise up to the challenge and facilitate the transfer of some ships to the Nigerian Navy.

    They are aware that money is not exactly the FG’s problem and as such cannot understand the hitherto seeming indifference to the NN’s need for oceangoing vessels. The Americans would not cry more than the bereaved.

    The exertions of the FG in FY 2012 as far as naval acquisitions have been impressive and commensurate to the financial might of the FG.

    The USCGC Jarvis aside, and I would love to hear from American ‘Admirals’ on Beegeagle’s Blog, what is the possibility of the USCGC which is taking delivery of new ships, selling a pair of 1,127 ton 65 metre WMEC 210s which boast a crossing range of 15,000km for $10m apiece and a 1,800 ton 82 metre WMEC 270s which boast a crossing range of 17,000 km for a token $25 million to Nigeria? Those would do nicely to shore up our presence at sea for another decade and perhaps, with the WMEC 270s, for a longer period .

    I personally love USCG ships for their phenomenal endurance at sea capabilities. The 1,041 ton Cat class logistics ships boast an imperious 22,000km crossing range while the NNS Thunder, with a range of 26,000km is the only military ship on the entire continent of Africa which is able to circumnavigate the entire 26,000km coastline of Africa without refuelling. Too good a deal for a Third World navy to ignore.

    Anyway, here are WMECs which are ‘service juniors’ to the WHECs, of which NNS Thunder is one.

    WMEC 210
    65 metre, 1127 tons+flight deck.

    (One of such which was transferred to Sri Lanka played great roles, alongside the larger Indian-loaned OPV which sank many Tamil Tiger arms trafficking ships, sometimes as far out as 1,700 miles offshore – close to Indonesian waters)

    WMEC 270
    82 metres, 1800 tons

    • Rufus Rastus says:

      The 210s are OLD! And they will probably stay in service, until their replacements are fielded, in 7-8 years; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offshore_Patrol_Cutter http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg9/opc/ . But between the 210s and the 270s, there will be a LOT of decommissionings in the next 20 years – 25 of these two classes still in service as of today. Both classes have been subject to “mid-life” overhauls/renovations.

      There isn’t a legal mechanism to sell US Government Vessels in service. New assets can be bought via FMS; old assets transferred via grants as Excess Defense Articles. Nothing in between that I’m aware of.

  26. Russellinfinity says:

    This is very heart warming comrades. In fact it calls for celebration. It shows that our “noise” is being heard.

    Gentle men let us keep on shouting. We want nothing less than Su MK30 jets(Sukhoi 35 at most and yes we can afford 2 squadrons or more), More hind choppers + 18 Mil Mi 28 attack choppers, a dedicated military AESA radar array to cover our airspace. (TRACON is geared towards civilian use though it has military applications), A squadron of YAK 130 light combat aircraft or Chinese Hongdu L15 to replace and complement some of our existing light combat aircraft and 4 Antonov heavy airlift aircraft.

    Still on my wish list for the NAF, I would like to see a dedicated drone/intel command for the airforce with bases strategically located up north, south/south east and one in the west. This command should fly advanced UAV platforms, AEW & C and AWAC aircraft. This proposed command should have in its fleet 17 Heron drones, 8 Chinese KJ-2000, 4 Swedish saab 340 AEW. Also 3 squadron of Tucan recon turbo props from Brazil rigged with high precision cameras and sensors will also suffice. The task of this command should be proactive aerial intel gathering, Air patrol of our land and sea borders and providing precious GEO intel to other arms of the military.

    Now for the army: retiring our fleet of T55 tanks from service. Ditto our Vicker MK3 and AMX 30. These should be replaced by 50 German leopards and 80 Russian T90s. More upgraded T72 Ajeya Should be purchased from India to fill in what is left (Any other upgraded variant from any other country will do). Further upgrade and puchase of more ZU shilka SPAAGs. More MRAPs, IFVs and please an immediate ban on those Toyota 4×4 “civi” littering our frontlines. Also an upgrade of the plant that produces our AK47 to produce tactical variants(more use of military grade polymer in its construction, muzzle break, a pistol grip and appropriate telescopic gunsight).

    As for the navy, the present line of action should be followed. I would like to see an Absolom class frigate in our fleet. Chinese Subs would be most welcome.

    There you have it generals, my wish list for the armed forces of the federal republic on Nigeria. Please feel me in on what I have missed out.

    Can this be acheived? Y-E-S IT CAN. Mr president slash the salaries of the overpaid executive by 70%. Throw in some extra budget allocations + the regular yearly budget+ proceeds from our foreign reserves and there you have it – enough funds to arm all the branches of the military to the teeth with change for the police, customs, etc.

    Well done Beeg, FM Peccavi, Doziex, Jimmy, Optimus, etc. Lets keep ‘em on their toes, lets keep on shouting.

    Well done Mr. president. You can do more. Goodluck.

    • Not fully supported…I didnt see the Amebo mentioned in the NAF Drone squad…any bias towards the Amebo?

      • Russellinfinity says:

        Not at all Optimusprime007…No bias whatsoever. I missed that in my list. Mr. President provide enough funding to NAF and AFIT to put the Amebo on the production lines as soon as possible sir.

  27. gbash10 says:

    Hmmm… from the US again?this issue of begging to get less capable ships from the US Coast Guard is less impressive,why would the FG not go for the US Navy six frigates and four cruiser that are bill for decommission with the aircraft carrier(Nuclear-powered USS Enterprise,not for sale).
    The 6 frigates are for sale to foreign militaries,while the 4 cruisers are to be dismantled! can you imagine that people.
    -FY 2013 Decommission Schedule:
    *Oct31:Frigate Crommelin
    *Feb15:Frigate Underwood
    *Feb27:Frigate Curts
    *March15:Carrier Enterprise and Frigate Carr
    *March31:Cruiser Cowpens,Anzio,Vicksburg and Port Royal.
    The FG should convince the US government to sell at least 4 frigates and all the cruise to the Nigerian government because of our perculiar and urgent need for these boats for patrolling the Gulf of Guinea and our vast EEZ.
    This is where 25 percent of our irresistable light-crude is gotten and then shipped to the USA!
    If the US could sell F-16 Falcons,Patriot Anti-Missile systems,and M1A Abrams main battle tanks to Egypt and also F-15 Eagles to Saudi Arabia, why should they not sell these boats to Nigeria?
    Mr President Sir,I implore you to tender a formal request of acquiring the afforementioned warships from the US government,as it should be between real strategic partners,for the sake of our National Security Interests!

  28. beegeagle says:

    The USA are unlikely to sell any aircraft carrier or cruiser to ANY African country – Egypt inclusive. Desirable as those items are, I realise that it takes more than asking to get some of these things done. That was why I settled for the more readily attainable – real politik. Egypt or Pakistan, regardless of ties that bind, cannot hope to lay hands on a decomm. US frigate or destroyer before Turkey, a NATO member-state.

    Nigeria’s military ties with the USA, IMET aside, really kicked off in the 2000s, twenty five years after the Camp David Accord between Egypt and Israel with the USA as moderator, came into being. US-Nigeria ties have advanced so fast because of the hefty economic and strategic interests involved. Nigeria export $35-45 billion worth of petroleum to the USA annually. That is by far the most important trading partnership for the USA anywhere across Africa.

    Secondly, we would be lucky to get ONE from that list of frigates, let alone four, bearing in mind the fact that countries such as Taiwan, Turkey, Greece, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan and Egypt, to whom the USA have firmer commitments/treaties and which have traditionally relied on the cascade of decommissioned U.S frigates to maintain fleet requirements, would be standing in between.

    It is after all those commitments have been met that countries such as The Philippines and Nigeria take their turns in that order. That is the reality. That is why despite the fact of having weightier economic interests in Nigeria which are directly impacted by maritime security concerns, the USA have transferred two Hamilton-class ships to The Philippines and one to Nigeria.

    The long-standing ties between the USA and The Philippines, China and Pakistan are predicated on terms which transcend economics. That is just the way it is. I had all of that in mind before I posted my last comment.

    Our best bet is to beef up the Pipavav light frigates to the maximum and get an Absalon destroyer. If we can do some barter trade and swap two heavily armed F22P frigates for petroleum with an oil-thirsty China, payable between now and Q4 2014, that would be just OKAY.

    We can then plant the Absalon on the WNC as our new flagship and deploy one F22P frigate each to the CNC and ENC. Thereafter, deploy one Pipavav light frigate to each naval command and also the balance of one Pipavav and two Chinese stealth OPVs should be deployed to each command as well. If we are able to get three decomm. Pohang corvettes, we spread them out one apiece to each fleet.

    Push the total haul of 24m OCEA and 25m Shaldag Mk.II FPCs to nine units and add to that six 27m Shaldag Mk.III FPCs for a total of fifteen gun-armed coastal patrol craft – five to each fleet. When the six patrol craft being refurbished in Holland by TP Marine arrive, deploy two to each fleet.

    For missile craft, let us acquire nine 32 metre OCEA patrol craft and mount pairs of two-cell anti-ship missiles on them. Spread three units to each fleet.

    Let the 38m Sea Eagle OPCs roam free in the CNC and ENC while the 31m Made-in-Nigeria SDBs do same offshore the WNC’s maritime area.

    Refurbish all eight 31-35 metre Abeking+Rasmussen and Brooke Marine patrol craft to serve as escort vessels to the frigates/OPVs. Thereafter, hoist the flag of the Nigerian Navy and chant ‘Onward Together’

    If we are able to commit the equivalent of ONE DAY’s oil production in every year between now and 2015, to the acquisition of hardware and military modernisation via barter trade, it would be so convenient yet not cause a dent anywhere and we would still get everything that we want to have for our forces.

    Indonesia bartered PALM OIL in exchange for six brand new Su 27SK and Su 30MK jets. There are many routes to our destination if only we demonstrate a keen awareness of the way in which our world revolves.

  29. giles says:

    Mak una no vex o put all dis US, america,britain and all dos western country ar not 2 be trusted o,leav dem abeg mak we dey tink of other nonwestern or nato country 4 weapon apart frm turkey,sweden.wen de worst com 2 worst dem go leav us o,if chinesse if dominate our construction industry y not invite dem.We in nigeria do not learn from history.

  30. beegeagle says:

    One more thing. REMEMBER that Beegeagle’s Blog FIRST named the client – from the time when the specs first emerged during Q1 2012 when we made a story from ‘dry bones’ and ‘snippets’ AND be sure, that the Nigerian Navy are going to exercise the option on ALL FOUR UNITS. That was why I said “4 MORE OPVs COMING TO THE NIGERIAN NAVY”

    The reason why they have chosen TWO units, with an option of a further TWO units, is due to the huge number of tactless talkers and activists inside this country. The idea is to keep the overall contract sum ‘somewhat modest’ in a country where many bemoan insecurity but are loathe to see money being spent on the acquisition of the necessary werewithal. So the first two units would cost $218.4m while the total contract sum hovers around $450m.

    That ingenious bit of presentation is another master stroke of Nigerian ‘chaff-and-decoy’ – an adjunct to our signature,’ an unnamed African customer’

    Hold me down to that – we are swooping on all FOUR UNITS (too bad for anyone who wants to undercount – are we growing too fast?) and these light frigates are ALL coming to the Nigerian Navy. So we have netted six new large and oceangoing ships in the lead up to 2015.

    If it turns out to be false, feel free to look elsewhere for uniquely pieced together Nigerian defence news which gets splashed before all else get the hang of it..since I would have failed you.

    Remember, Beegeagle’s Blog it was which first staked its very formidable reputation and said CATEGORICALLY that ‘Nigeria own these Pipavav ships’. In the weeks and months to come, ‘experts’ would realise what we easily deciphered yesterday. 25+ years going back to our pre-teenage years since we first began observing Nigeria’s military and security affairs, there is very, very little by way of obfuscation in anyway whatsoever which can be done to confuse one.

    You also will not find three people in a thinktank, institute, the media or wherever..anywhere, packaged however, who will xray the Nigerian military more comprehensively and with such uncommon insights as you read on Beegeagle’s Blog. Trust me. If you do not believe us, feel free to try elsewhere and see how comparately detailed and insightful it gets overall..on a day-to-day and topic-by-topic basis.

    Let us preempt the rest of the world by saying that the Global Major which is expected to have four stealth frigates as was detailed in the news report which formed the subject matter of this thread, constructed for her, is RUSSIA. Wake me up as well when it turns out to be a hoax.

    @Karmarepair. You are right about the PARTNERSHIP bit and PIPAVAV shall build stealth frigates for Russia who are the Global Major referred to in the news story. Let’s discuss a bit backstage

    beegeaglesblog@ovi.com

  31. gbash10 says:

    @Gen Beeg, I did not include the aircraft-carrier,all the same, this is an opportunity for the FG to know whether there is a US change in policy towards Nigeria in terms of weapon sales or transfers,we just have to try our luck.
    If we don’t ask,they will claim ignorance of our immediate defence and security needs,so the FG should just ask again.We really need those boats, more than even the Phillipine’s Navy.
    We already know Uncle Sam and Her Majesty very well, when it comes to weapons sales or transfer,however Mr Ivan,Mr Lee,Mr Shamir and Mr Rajiv are always willing to accept our request for weapons sales,guys una de code wetin i just talk ba? Becos e get some people we no wan see us with powerful weapons ooo!,dem de fear us,na wetin dey b dat.

  32. beegeagle says:

    Forget about the age, Admiral Rastus…come on. If it has not sunk in America, it wont sink in Nigeria.

    The main idea behind their acquisition would be to ease the NN into the next phase. Even the much younger WMEC 270s would not be expected to serve beyond 2025 if inducted into NN service today. As for the WMEC 210s, any day after 2020 and they would have more than justified the investment. Coincidentally, the USCGC hope to keep them till 2020, so we are on the same page. If they are good enough for the run up to 2020 in America, they would be good to go for just as long a period in Nigeria.

    I seek ships in triads since we have three fleet commands. Basically, we need six oceangoing ships which can do 8-13 years for the NN and more importantly, to hold the turf during the interlude between 2014-5 when these new NN acquisitions report for duty.

    So basically, I would do

    – a WMEC 270
    – two WMEC 210
    – three used Pohang corvettes

    Even when the new ships arrive, these ones listed above would serve as great complements. The WMECs can then be deployed for Gulf of Guinea Guard Command operations. Two WMEC 210s sailing in opposite directions in international waters would serve as regional security vessels, voyaging between Benin and Gabon on a continuous basis and doing FIVE return voyages in four months – with routine stops for replenishment at Lagos and Calabar as they journey along.

    On three full tanks, that would deliver a non-stop sea presence throughout the year. It ensures that everybody is happy. Oil tankers leaving Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon can be sure that passing through this RED CORNER that is the volatile Equatorial Guinea-Cameroon-Nigeria-Benin sector of the Gulf of Guinea, they shall have a safe passage through this high risk zone.

    So take up that proposal with the High Command on my behalf. That is why I am your buddy, man(laughing).

    One more thing. What would be the fate of the Oliver Hazard Perry frigates being decommissiod this time? Grateful for your usual inimitable and candid response.

  33. beegeagle says:

    Got that, Marshal Emeritus Gbash10. Let us see what Fleet Admiral Rastus volunteers for an answer. It should clear up some grey areas.

  34. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, here is the 1,200+ ton and very heavily armed Pohang corvette.

    This fleet of over 20 corvettes which have been put through upgrades, are highly seaworthy and contemporary but are being hastily phased out by a Korean Navy spoilt for options, to allow for the introduction of 2010s vintage ships.

    Gentlemen, the POHANG corvette. The NN can acquire three units of this corvette for $90m and they are good to go till 2025.

    The vessel has 4 main guns. Knock off the last gun aft and convert the space to a flight deck. You have a multipurpose vessel – an oceangoing fighting ship and a patrol vessel with a helo on board.

    Armament

    • 4× Harpoon missiles

    • 2× MM-38 Exocet

    • 2 × OTO Melara 76 mm/62 compact cannon (only 1 mounted on ear type)

    • 2× Breda 40mm/70 twin cannons

    • 2× Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes (with 6 Mark 46 torpedoes)

    • 12× Mark 9 depth charges

  35. beegeagle says:

    OPTIONS FOR ARMING AN OPV

    Well, this Indian project is heavily inspired by the Russians. So can we have a 2-cell Yakhont SSM launcher, a triple tube torpedo launcher, an Igla SAM suite, a 76mm gun as was listed in my initial weblink insert, two 30mm CIWS and four 12.7mm HMGs?

    Please someone needs to check out how the Knud Rasmussen and Pattani OPVs are armed. Great templates to be followed there.

    ARMAMENT ON THE US$50 million 1,720 TON KNUD RASMUSSEN OPV

    1 x 76 mm Gun Mk M/85 LvSa

    2 x 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun M/01 LvSa

    RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile surface-to-air missiles

    MU90 Impact ASW- torpedo

    THAI NAVY 1,440 ton Pattani-class OPV
    (Chinese-built)

    Armament

    1 x Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid

    2 x Denel Land Systems GI-2 20mm autocannon

    2 x U.S. Ordnance M2HB .50 caliber machine gun

    2 x Mk.141 RGM-84 Harpoon SSM launcher

  36. doziex says:

    I say nigerian navy go for at least 12 pohang corvettes. They are heavily armed and still very useful in the african context.

    From enforcing naval blockades, to shore bombardment prior to amphibious assaults, these ships will pay for themselves many times over.

    Nigeria’s EEZ, and africa’s maritime environment is going to take up more resources than we are bargaining for.
    If we are not willing to spend on the level of the big boys to retool and revamp our navy, we better learn to skillfully make do with some of these used but effective ships on offer from south korea, the US, the EU, china, russia etc.

  37. beegeagle says:

    A PIPAVAV OPV under construction

  38. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, India and welcome to our blog.

    The hull already belches from afar, the fact that this ship was inspired by the Tigr light frigate. Scroll up a bit and compare.

    Nice. What more do you know about the specs – navtronics, engines, armament etc? I expect Nigeria’s to be spruced up with offensive weaponry. We surely are not going back to the era of 58 metre missile craft, so these are going to overcome their limitations as it concerns deepsea patrols and also, most probably take their place as missile carrying vessels, albeit augmented by smaller 32-38 metre missile craft.

    We shall see how it pans out in the months to come. Have the Indian Navy inducted any PIPAVAVs yet? Tell me more about the OPVs loaned to Sri Lanka by the Indian Navy?

    We hope that the Navy grow from here. Nigeria is a country which is comparable in size to Pakistan but is richer than Pakistan. Last time I checked, our Federal Govt budget was larger than theirs and even a third larger than Bangladesh’s total NATIONAL(not even Federal Government) budget.

    But their navies have been much better provided for. Nigeria need to wake up once and for all and stop punching below her weight.

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