15 May, 2015
Feelers from the inner sanctum of Nigeria’s defence and securrity architecture indicate a confirmed order for four small missile craft for the Nigerian Navy.
According to the source, “Nigeria have placed a confirmed order for two units of 24 metre patrol boats armed with surface to surface missile & short
range surface to air missile launchers. Additionally, an order has been placed for two units of 35 metre patrol boats armed with surface to surface missiles & short range surface to air launchers.
The four missile boats shall additionally be armed with 30mm cannons & 12.7mm heavy machine guns”
BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG again conforms its class as being in sync with mainstream thinking ALL THE TIME. This blog has been calling for the introduction of small missile boats since 2014
Elsewhere, BEEGEAGLE WROTE
February 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm
A 46 metre platform? Of course, she can mount AShMs ! As I write this, there are 25-27 metre missile craft of Chinese origin serving in the Egyptian and Bangladeshi navies.
IF we seek to replace the 58m missile craft of yesteryears, this is the Modified Type 062 gunboat which appears to have been delivered only to Nigeria and Seychelles since the design came into public view in 2014, appears to be the natural successor.
Assuming that these can hold up well in Sea State 4-5, we can actually move for six units in the first instance – arm three units with three-cell 324mm torpedoes and another three with two-cell C802A AShMs. We can thereafter deploy a missile craft and a torpedo boat EACH to every one of our three fleet commands.
These are midshore patrol-capable and should be able to venture out as far as 120 nautical miles from our shores and with missiles able to hit targets 280km away, we can actually achieve AShM coverage for well over 450km from our shoreline.
We can get a C802A AShM for US$800k or thereabouts. We have got to be doing something.
What to do wuth our 58 metre Lurssen+Combattante III missile craft? We have six in all – three of each type. Take ONE unit of each type and use as spare hulks to keep two of each type afloat. So we will have four of those 58 metre ships afloat.
Knock off the 76mm main guns from all six ships, remove the 40mm guns from three ships and delete their missile launchers and put all the extracted missiles and gunnery into storage.
From those four ships, convert one to a replenishment vessel which can resupply OPVs out at sea. For the rest three ships, use their 40mm/70 Breda as main guns and supplement with two 12.7mm HMGs and use them as Midshore Patrol Vessels.
For PATROL MISSIONS, here is what the Canadian Coast Guard are doing with similar-sized Midshore Patrol Vessels
I am dead serious about it. We spent way too much on the Lurssen and Combattante III missile craft. At 350-400 tons, even at 58 metres, they are still coastal combatants which will not do for us, what a 1500+ ton vessel will do in the deep offshore.
In my view, our missile craft should be as cheap and numerous as possible. Ditto torpedo boats. Any 32-38 metre craft should be okay for the purpose.
If I had my way and could firm up a contract for twelve 38 metre craft hulls at about US$84 million, I would install four-cell C803 AShMs on six units for US$18m and install six-cell 324mm torpedoes on the rest six units. All platforms will carry a 30mm CIWS.
That way, each operational fleet command gets two 38metre missile craft and two 38m torpedo boats as well.
The 58m craft which do not have the tonnage (necessary for good seakeeping) to venture much further than the proposed 38m craft, probably cost 4-5 times as much as the 38 metre craft which I am proposing.
Again, I am looking at the Modified Type 062 design and its size and layout makes it soooo good for use as a small missile craft. I am sure we know that countries such as Egypt and Bangladesh own missile craft some of which are 25 metre platforms i.e the size of a Shaldag Mk.II FPC. Never mind this beautiful and roomy 39 metre JACO-type design.
If we can construct this modified Type 062 design for N1 billion and add a four-cell C803 anti-ship missile launcher for US$3 million on that spacious aft deck, we could have firmed up a template for the production of 39 metre missile craft at a cost of about US$10 million. And that is very good, given the fact that a smaller, cannon-armed OCEA 32 metre patrol craft costs about as much.
Such a new flotilla of 39 metre missile craft would replace the six 58 metre Combattante III and Lurssen FPB missile craft as the backbone of missile attack platforms at less than a quarter of the cost of the imported platforms.