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Corvette for export. Avante 2200 (Spain)

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12 April 2018, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed ibn Salman al Saud, during his official visit to Spain, signed a whole package of agreements that finalized a long-time prepared contract to build five corvettes of the Avante 2200 project for the Saudi Arabian Navy. The construction of the corvettes will be handled by the Spanish shipbuilding association Navantia. The total value of the transaction is about two billion euros. Previously, four such corvettes were also acquired by Venezuela, but with a much weaker weaponry structure, in fact, in this case, it was about patrol ships.


Ships for Venezuela were built from 2008 to 2011 year and included in the Venezuelan Navy in 2011-2012. The ships received by Venezuela are known as “Guaykeri” patrol ships, after the name of the first ship of the series. They belong to the AVANTE 2200 Patrol type, the 4 ship data and another 4 sentry ship to patrol the coast of the AVANTE 1400 project. Venezuela then paid 2,3 a billion dollars. Saudi Arabian Navy purchased a more versatile combat version of missile-armed ships - AVANTE 2200 Combatant.

The construction of the ships will do the famous Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia, which specializes in both military and civil shipbuilding. The company was founded in 1730 year and has a rich historyToday it is the fifth largest shipbuilding company in Europe and ninth in the world. It was at the shipyards of the company Navantia that the only light Spanish carrier, the Prince of Asturias, was built in its time, and the universal landing ship-aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I was built there. In addition to the 5 corvettes of the AVANTE 2200 Combatant project, which will be built in the southernmost province of Spain Cadiz in the city of San Fernando, Saudi Arabia will receive the necessary infrastructure in the city of Jeddah to host them, as well as Spain will train future crews of ships (about 600 people ). All five corvettes must be built in Spain within 5 years after signing the contract.

AVANTE 2200 Patrol

According to the bmpd blog, the Saudi military-industrial association Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed an agreement with the Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia to create a joint venture that will partially localize a number of electronic weapons systems for ordered corvettes in Saudi Arabia. Also, installation and integration of these systems will be carried out here not only on the corvettes of the AVANTE 2200 project, but also on other promising Saudi ships and boats fleet. It is also expected that the joint venture will provide technical support and repair of corvettes while they are part of the Navy of Saudi Arabia.

Four ships built earlier in Spain for the Venezuelan Navy belonged to the AVANTE 2200 Patrol project, they were also known by the abbreviation POVZEE - Patrullero Oceánico de Vigilancia de la Zona Económica Exclusiva (ocean patrolling of the exclusive economic zone). According to their purpose and composition of weapons built for Venezuela, the ships were patrol ships of the ocean zone with limited combat capabilities. Their main tasks were patrolling the exclusive economic zone, protecting maritime shipping, monitoring, electronic warfare, combating piracy, smuggling, drug trafficking, illegal migration, conducting search and rescue operations at sea.

Unlike the Guaiquerí type corvettes of the Venezuelan Navy, ships of the modified AVANTE 2200 Combatant project for the Saudi Arabian Navy can be called full-fledged corvettes. The ships will have more powerful weapons, which turns them into real combat multipurpose ships of the ocean zone. The total displacement of the corvettes will be 2470 tons, length - 98,9 meters, width - 13,6 meters, draft - 3,8 meters. They will be able to take on board up to 111 crew members.

AVANTE 2200 Combatant layout, ADAS 2014 exhibition

Corvettes will receive a two-shaft diesel power plant, consisting of 4 diesel engines rated at 4 x 4440 kW and four diesel generators - 4 x570 kW. This powerplant will provide the ship with a maximum travel speed of 25 knots (46,3 km / h). Cruising range - 4500 nautical miles (8334 km). Corvettes of the AVANTE 2200 project can successfully operate in any geographic conditions, both in coastal waters and in the open sea, with the exception of the Arctic belts.

The AVANTE 2200 Combatant has a helicopter hangar and flight deck aboard the ship, and the ship can take on board medium-sized sea helicopters weighing up to 10 tons. These include, in particular, the NHI NH90, Agusta-Bell AB.212, Agusta-Bell AB.412 and Eurocopter AS-565 Panther helicopters. Also on both sides of the covered helicopter hangar there are places to accommodate two rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB) up to 7 meters in length.

The armament of the ship will be represented by anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, artillery mounts and machine guns. In particular, the Navantia company's website states that the ships will be armed with 4 anti-ship missiles (two twin installations 2х2) and 8 anti-aircraft missiles deployed in vertical launchers. At the same time, earlier exhibitions showed mockups, as well as renders with an increased composition of weapons - up to 8 RCC (2x4) and up to 16 cells for missiles. Apparently, the composition of weapons can vary according to the requirements of the customer, since the displacement and size of the corvettes make it easy to build up the composition of weapons under certain requirements. According to the bmpd blog, the corvettes will be armed with Boeing Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and Raytheon ESSM anti-aircraft missiles.


The ship’s artillery will be represented by one 76-mm universal artillery mount, most likely 76 mm / 62 Super Rapid by the Italian company OTO Melara and one 30-mm automatic artillery mount. In addition, the 4 large-caliber machine gun 12,7 mm, as well as two three-tube torpedo tubes will be installed on board. The armament also includes two installations for launching false targets (infrared traps and dipole reflectors).

Tactical and technical characteristics of AVANTE 2200 Combatant:
Length - 98,9 m.
Width - 13,6 m.
Draft - 3,8 m.
Maximum displacement - 2470 t.
Maximum travel speed - 25 knots.
Cruising range - 4500 nautical miles.
Artillery armament - 1x76-mm universal installation, 1х30-mm automatic installation.
Missile armament - PKR (2x2 or 2x4) and missiles in vertical launchers (8 or 16 cells).
Crew - to 111 people.
In addition: a hangar and a platform for a medium sea helicopter (up to 10 tons), up to two boats - up to 7 m.

Information sources:
https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3170600.html
https://flotprom.ru/2016/ТорговляОружием120
http://www.armstrade.org/includes/periodics/mainnews/2012/0424/095912613/detail.shtml
http://www.navantia.es
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  1. Cat
    Cat April 30 2018 05: 45
    +1
    It would be interesting to compare with the modern corvettes of our construction.
    1. mvg
      mvg April 30 2018 06: 17
      +3
      Well, project 20385 is at least no worse. Here I would like to compare the cost. The price tag for the Spaniard is 400 million per unit. For this money, according to sources (18 billion rubles), you can take 11356 or 22350, and these are full-fledged frigates.
      1. tlauicol
        tlauicol April 30 2018 06: 49
        +3
        22350 has long risen in price ... and fell in value
        1. mvg
          mvg April 30 2018 07: 03
          +1
          The contract price for India at 11356 is just 800 million for 2 frigates. With localization in India. If they built with us, it would be somewhat cheaper. But there is Caliber-NK and Redoubt, plus PLO. More interesting export Spaniard.
          1. tlauicol
            tlauicol April 30 2018 07: 10
            +1
            Quote: mvg
            The contract price for India at 11356 is just 800 million for 2 frigates. With localization in India. If they built with us, it would be somewhat cheaper. But there is Caliber-NK and Redoubt, plus PLO. More interesting export Spaniard.

            New Delhi and Moscow complete contract negotiations for the purchase of four new Russian frigates; the amount of the agreement is $ 3 billion, media reported.
            According to the agreement, the first two frigates will be built at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, and two more at the Indian enterprise Goa Shipyard Ltd, which will receive technology from Russia. The start of deliveries is expected within four years after the signing of the contract, Business Standard reports. This is reported by Rambler. Further: https://news.rambler.ru/troops/39236720/?utm_cont
            ent = rnews & utm_medium = read_more & utm_source
            = copylink
            1. mvg
              mvg April 30 2018 07: 31
              +1
              At the same time, the cost declared by Russia to the Indian Ministry of Defense of two frigates, which should be built at the Indian shipyard in accordance with the transfer of technology, was "significantly higher" than for the ships built by Amber, a source in Indian industry said.

              These figures are believed to include $ 800 million worth of supplies for the construction of two ships at the Indian shipyard, and another $ 51 million for "project documentation."

              http://www.arms-expo.ru/news/vzaimodeystvie/vopro
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              56_dlya_vms_indii_poka_ne_soglasova /
            2. mvg
              mvg April 30 2018 07: 33
              +1
              Rambler is "jaundice" and for a long time. There you can watch the weather.
              1. tlauicol
                tlauicol April 30 2018 07: 44
                +4
                You are talking about the negotiations in October 2016 for two unfinished frigates with your reference. And I'm talking about February 2018 and negotiations for 4 new frigates - well, who is watching the weather?
  2. Simon
    Simon April 30 2018 06: 53
    +2
    Quote: mvg
    Well, project 20385 is at least no worse. Here I would like to compare the cost. The price tag for the Spaniard is 400 million per unit. For this money, according to sources (18 billion rubles), you can take 11356 or 22350, and these are full-fledged frigates.

    It seems that the Saudis have lost! Order from us, then a whole fleet would be built with this money! fool
    1. Hole puncher
      Hole puncher April 30 2018 08: 30
      +9
      Quote: Simon
      Order from us, then a whole fleet would be built with this money

      Yeah, with the GEM in the form of oars and sails ...
  3. san4es
    san4es April 30 2018 09: 33
    +4
    hi The famous Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia will build ships
  4. Pattor
    Pattor April 30 2018 22: 59
    0
    Tell me, why do I need 2 3X TA?
  5. 320423
    320423 29 July 2018 01: 23
    0
    if people build patrols on the basis of corvettes, then why do we invent a bicycle and build patrols in a separate series (22160 patrol ship)