Monday, 7 September 2015

MSPO 2015

Wide Naval Offerings in Kielce

DCNS' GOWIND corvette.
ll photos: Robert Czulda
Although MSPO 2015 is not a naval defense exhibition (this role is played by BALTEXPO), several companies presented their maritime offers in Kielce. Robert Czulda reports from Kielce, Poland.
Remontowa Shipbuilding from Poland was among them. The most interesting element of its portfolio was news about an official launch (by flooding a dry dock) of the ORP "Kormoran" (CORMORANT) minehunter, built of low-magnetic steel. This event took the place during the final day of MSPO 2015 – on Friday, 4 September 2015. The significance of this event is underlined by the fact that the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, took part in the ceremony in Gdańsk. A reason for such pride is obvious – the last anti-mine vessel built in Poland was commissioned in 1994 (ORP WDYDZE – Project 207M Class). Initially it was planned that the Polish Navy would procure up to 14 Project 258 minehunters; however, due to delays and lack of funding the plan was revised. As a result, only three KORMORAN II class vessels were ordered. Construction of the next two units is planned to start in 2016, while deliveries are planned for 2019 and 2022. The Remontowa Shipbuilding confirmed that the ORP "Kormoran" will be armed with the remotely-controlled WRÓBEL (SPARROW) anti-aircraft system (based on ZU-23-2MR) and equipped with the indigenous (built by CTM from Gdynia) SCOT-M Battle Management System (BMS). This also integrates several other systems, including countering air, surface and underwater targets, combating asymmetric threats, technical observation, radars, communication and services provided by the integrated navigation system regarding ensuring the safety of navigation, and monitoring the current geographical position and ship motion.
In Kielce, BAE Systems presented a model of the 57 mm Bofors M3 naval artillery system, which is an offer for two new classes of surface vessels for both MCM and coastal patrol operations: three vessels of the "Czapla" (HERON) class; and three of the "Miecznik" (SWORDFISH) class. Presented in Kielce, the gun has a maximum range of 17,000m. Its firing rate is four shells per second, and a service life of a barrel is up to 5,300 firings. This gun could fire the 3P (Pre-fragmented, Programmable, Proximity-fused) all-target programmable ammunition.
Poland’s CTM from Gdynia presented two interesting products in Kielce. The TOCZEK is a remotely-detonated explosives for destroying sea mines. It comes in three versions: A and B are transported and positioned by remotely operated vehicles. Type C is transported and positioned by divers. All types are equipped with universal acoustic fuses. Types vary in size, total weight, and the weight of an explosive charge (respectively 40kg, 5.7kg and 0.6kg). Its maximum operational depth is 120m. TOCZKA can operate in a temperature between -100C and +400C. A firing distance is up to 1,000m. A detonation is triggered wirelessly through coded hydroacoustic signals. Another product in CTM’s portfolio was the MLM (Modular Lightweight Minesweep).
Several maritime systems were also presented by Saab, who has been very active in Poland. Saab presented the Double Eagle Sarov, which can be operated both as a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and as an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV); the DOUBLE EAGLE MkII mine disposal vehicle; the SUBROV (Submarine Remotely Operated Vehicle, which can be deployed from a submarine and can be used for inspection and surveillance, in mine countermeasures or recovery operations; and the AUV62-MR mine countermeasure vehicle.

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