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Arctic patrol

Arctic patrol

The northernmost state of the European Union, a country of fjords, mountains and glaciers. One of the main contenders for the natural resources of the Arctic. Meet the beautiful Norway. Since you and I are not ordinary tourists, but amateurs naval stories, I invite readers today to make a small overview of the modern Royal Norwegian Navy (Kongelige Norske Marine).

Old but not good friend

In the North, there is no naval officer who does not know who Marjata is. Sailors jokingly include the "Mashka" in the composition of the Northern Fleet, because it spends more time on landfills in the Barents Sea than our ships.

A rare way to accomplish the tasks of combat training goes without meeting this lady. “Maryata” often enters closed areas and interferes with the performance of combat exercises, measures the fields and parameters of our stations, intercepts radio signals and monitors the testing of new systems.

So, F / S "Marjata", a specialized electronic intelligence craft, is the third generation. During the Cold War, they were positioned solely as peaceful research ships. The modern “Maryata” is on the balance of E-tjenesten - Norwegian military intelligence, the year of entry into operation - 1995.

The length of the ship on the KVL is 72 meters, the maximum width is 40 meters. Full displacement reaches 7560 tons. Speed ​​- 15 nodes. Crew - 45 people: 14 people manage the ship, the rest - the technical staff and liaison officers. According to data provided by E-tjenesten, the crew of the Maryaty consists only of American specialists.

As you have already noticed, the case of “Maryaty” has an unusual shape, made in the form of an “iron” (Ramform-type ship design). “Maryata” was created specifically for solving reconnaissance tasks - for the stable operation of reconnaissance equipment it was necessary to ensure the high stability of the ship. In order not to interfere with the recording of measurements, great attention is paid to reducing the noise level and vibration of the ship's mechanisms. "Maryata" is equipped with everything necessary for long-term work in the harsh conditions of the Arctic, all radio-electronic systems on the deck are protected by insulating shells. Any information about the reconnaissance "stuffing" of the ship is missing.

And Masha is not simple. Naval bank norfolk, virginia

Despite its American crew and the performance of combat missions in the interests of NATO, the “Maryata” was built by the Norwegians and is based in Kirkenes (in 8 km from the Russian-Norwegian border). Walks under the flag of the Norwegian Navy and often impersonating a research vessel.
Recently, the main area of ​​activity of "Maryaty" is located between 34 - 36 degrees east longitude, in an area located in close proximity to the border of the territorial waters of Russia. For example, in the period from March to May 2007, the Norwegian “iron with eggs” made 10 reconnaissance trips here! Our sailors found that the Maryaty equipment allows radio interception at a distance of up to 500 km, in other words, the “iron” completely controls the situation in the Barents Sea.

In 2010, Norwegian Intelligence began a conversation about building the fourth generation of the Marijata ships. Severomortsy, vigilantly tripled!

New conquerors of the Arctic

By the end of the twentieth century, the fleet of the great Viking navigators was a sad sight. The richest country in the world, with the highest standard of living of the population, did not have a single modern warship. Oslo frigates, built back in the 60s, despite powerful and diverse weapons, regular upgrades and competent service, could not fully meet modern requirements. And nothing more serious at the Royal Norwegian Navy at the turn of the 2000-x was not. Small rocket boats (14 units), patrol ships and several minesweepers with a fiberglass hull could only be effectively used to protect the coastal zone. The situation was partly saved by 6 diesel submarines of the Ula type, built in Germany at the end of the 1980's.

The Norwegians began searching for a suitable replacement for their ancient frigates. Aegis-destroyer type “Orly Burk” looked very attractive, especially as the Americans did not object to the transfer of “Aegis” technology to their NATO partners. But, by carefully analyzing the geopolitical situation, possible options for the use of the Navy and the tactical and technical characteristics of various foreign structures, the sailors came to the conclusion that the “Orly Burk” does not meet the interests of the Norwegian Navy: it is too large, excessively powerful, and therefore expensive. The most advantageous was the option to create your own frigate with the Aegis system based on Spanish warships of the Alvaro de Bazan type - reduced copies of the Orly Berkov. It was decided to cooperate with Spain.
For several years, the technical design was ready, and in the period from 2006 to 2011, the Norwegian Navy included five new frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen type. All five warships are named after the great Norwegian travelers: Nansen, Amundsen, Sverdrup, Ingstad and Tour Heyerdahl.

Technically, they are all “budget versions” of Spanish frigates. Combined diesel-gas turbine power plant type CODAG allows ships to develop 26 nodes. Cruising speed at cruising speed is 4500 nautical miles. It is quite decent performance for frigates with a total displacement of 5300 tons.

As for the weapons of Fridtjof Nansen, the main "highlight" of the ship, without a doubt, is the combat information control system Aegis (Aegis) of American production. The main component is the AN / SPY-1 radar with a phased antenna array, which allows the formation of narrow beams in an arbitrary direction without mechanical rotation of the antenna. The absence of moving mechanics and modern electronics allow an arbitrary change in the direction of the radar “look” at intervals of several milliseconds.

The working cycle of the AN / SPY-1 radar is as follows. Most of the time it takes to search when the radar consistently forms a narrowly directed beams, uniformly filling the corresponding quadrant of space. The energy characteristics of the antenna allow you to control the space in the 200 radius miles from the ship (only targets in the upper atmosphere can be detected at this range; below the radio horizon, the SPY-1 radar does not see anything, like all other radars). For each identified target, several additional beams are formed within a few seconds after detection, which determine the speed (by the Doppler method) and the exact direction of motion of the target.
For some targets, a tracking mode can be set, in which targets are irradiated with a radar at intervals of a few seconds. Thus, the SPY-1 radar can take on tracking hundreds of targets automatically.

The computers of the Aegis combat information and control system make it possible to assess the situation and conduct a selection of targets for a few moments. Clearly following the program, Aegis can independently choose the appropriate type. weapons and open fire on the most threatening objects. At the same time, of course, the CICS reports in detail its actions and the decisive word is always left to the person - the operator can press the “cancel” button at any time.
The Fridtjof Nansen type frigate armament complex includes a Mark-41 vertical launcher - one module on 8 cells, each of which contains 4 anti-aircraft missiles RIM-162 ESSM, thus the total frigate ammunition 32 missiles with effective range 50 rocket kilometers . Purely defensive weapons. It is clear that the Norwegians have great savings on weapons - similar in size "Alvaro de Bazan" carries 6 launcher modules Mark-41, i.e. 48 cells.

Another interesting Nansen missile system is the 8 Naval Strike Missle (NSM) anti-ship missiles, a purely Norwegian development from Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. Of the features of NSM - it is made of radio-transparent materials, and, according to the developers, is able to independently set active interference. The rest is a conventional subsonic anti-ship missile with a launch range of about 200 km. Several types of warheads weighing 120 kilograms, programmable fuses. Compared to promising Russian anti-ship missiles "Onyx" or "Caliber", the NSM seems tiny - less than 4 meters long (for the ZM-54 "Caliber" anti-ship missiles this figure is 8,2 meters), the mass of the Norwegian NSM in the transport and launch container 710 kg (starting weight ZM-54 "Caliber" - more than 2 tons). But the domestic anti-ship missiles are moving in the final section of the trajectory with three speeds of sound.

The artillery weapons of the frigate Fridtjof Nansen are poorly developed. Originally, they planned to equip the 127 mm ship with a universal naval gun, but this idea was abandoned during construction - as a result, Nansen received an 76 mm artillery installation of the OTO Melara 76 mm / 62 Super Rapid. Rate of Fire - 120 shots / min. In principle, cheap and cheerful. Corresponds to the objectives of the Norwegian sailors.

The photo clearly shows how empty the deck of the ship is.

On the ship, the possibility of installing rapid-fire artillery systems "Phalanx", "Goalkeeper" or any other automatic guns in caliber up to 40 mm. Alas, at the moment, none of the "Falanx" is not installed - the ships are armed with systems M151 Sea Protector, allowing you to fight only with pirates and saboteurs. Norway save on matches, we remember as "Fraer's greed was killed." The ship is deprived of any opportunity to fight off the RCC in the near zone. On the other hand, "Nansen" is hardly ever to do it.
The situation with the anti-submarine capabilities of the frigate is much better. The ship is equipped with a helipad and a spacious hangar in the stern. The multipurpose Eurocopter NH-90 is based on the ship as a standard helicopter. For anti-submarine defense in the near field, there is an 12,75-inch (324 mm) torpedo tube for launching Sting Ray torpedoes.
On the "Nansen" set funny non-lethal weapons Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), in fact, a noise gun that can scare pirates with an unbearably loud sound. And what, humanely! Right in the style of the European Union.

Fridtjof Nansen in Severomorsk, May 8 2012. Right - BOD "Admiral Chabanenko"

Considering all the above, we can conclude: the newest Norwegian frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen type are modern warships with high combat potential and are able to cope with a wide range of tasks. Some of the project’s weaknesses are not due to technical failures, but financial constraints and the desire to make the optimal frigate for the needs of the Norwegian Navy. "Fridtjof Nansen" - a real European ship beginning of the twenty-first century.
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  1. Tirpitz
    Tirpitz 14 July 2012 09: 58
    interesting article. Oleg Kaptsov, if it's not difficult to post articles about other European FMS. there are people on the site who are interested.
    1. Vito
      Vito 14 July 2012 11: 05
      Tirpitz. Good afternoon FRIENDLY!
      Quote: Tirpitz
      If it’s not difficult, post articles about other European FMS. there are people on the site who are interested.

      You are absolutely right, there are many of us !!!
    2. KOMOd Shpakov
      KOMOd Shpakov 14 July 2012 18: 15
      There is also one of them. I'm all for it.
  2. Svistoplyaskov
    Svistoplyaskov 14 July 2012 10: 00
    It was nice to read an article about how the Norwegians made normal ships, purely for themselves. +
    1. Ross
      Ross 16 July 2012 00: 39
      In five years, five ships! We would have such a pace.
  3. wown
    wown 14 July 2012 10: 06
    Vikings pancake)))))))
    1. Santa Fe
      14 July 2012 12: 11
      Maryata is a character from a Scandinavian fairy tale. The girl ate lingonberries and flew in. And they believed her! laughing
  4. Lakkuchu
    Lakkuchu 14 July 2012 10: 23
    Thank you for the article. We must pay tribute to the Norwegians, money is not wasted. The last photo is very revealing ... unfortunately. I would like to ask the knowledgeable about the situation with us in the field of electronic reconnaissance in the Navy, are there any ships similar to "Maryata"?
    1. Evgeniy1
      Evgeniy1 14 July 2012 10: 58
      Of course there are, recently wrote the so-called hydrography
  5. bamboo
    bamboo 14 July 2012 10: 25
    the article smiled)))) especially about non-lethal weapons capable of dispersing unauthorized demonstrations of pirates on the high seas))) laughing
  6. Vito
    Vito 14 July 2012 10: 59
    Well done, the Norwegians just took and built five frigates from 2006 to 2011, without any pain and delays (we would have it)! The only justification for them in terms of the speed of construction is the almost problem-free transfer of technology by NATO countries to each other. And according to the "MASHKA" it was a surprise that the crew of this scout was full of AMERICANS, what kind of cunning guys!
    Ships in the photo as toys (frigates).
    OLEG, thanks for the article, pleased ALL of us moroman! We look forward to receiving from you new articles and of course photographs.
  7. warrior
    warrior 14 July 2012 11: 26
    About the fleet is not bad.
    You just need to know that the Kingdom of Norway is not a member of the EU.
    1. Vito
      Vito 14 July 2012 11: 43
      warrior (2)
      Quote: warrior
      Norway is not a member of the EU.

      I don’t know about the EU, but in NATO this country is from an early age!
    2. Santa Fe
      14 July 2012 12: 06
      Quote: warrior
      You just need to know that the Kingdom of Norway is not a member of the EU.

      Indeed, Norway is not the EU.
      In my defense, I can say that Norway is the Schengen zone, which is why the confusion
  8. 8 company
    8 company 14 July 2012 11: 59
    An explanatory and interesting article, thanks to the author. Norwegians are great fellows who have built a society with a very high standard of living; they don’t bother about teaching others how to live and restore their order. They get along with their life very successfully.
  9. Kars
    Kars 14 July 2012 12: 10
    Fridtjof Nansen in Severomorsk, May 8 2012. Right - BOD "Admiral Chabanenko"

    I wonder who drown it faster? If suddenly what.
    1. Vito
      Vito 14 July 2012 12: 35
      Kars (1), Greetings. drinks
      [quote = Kars] I wonder who drown it faster [/ quote
      In my opinion, the Norwegian chances to go to the bottom more. Air defense works for him at a long distance (AEGIDA), how much it is effective in battle, no one has yet tested it. The frigate’s ammunition supply for air defense is also less than ours (if the data in the article are specified exactly). Probably they will begin to tan each other at a long distance, and maybe even get a few hits? The warhead of the Norwegian missiles is weaker than our MOSKITS. Well, if the ships remain afloat, then in an artillery duel
      WE will overcome them! If there are hits, then most likely many means of detection and guidance will fail and all hope will be on the commandors. This is my personal opinion (many nuances, tonnage, for example, crew training, etc.).
    2. Santa Fe
      14 July 2012 13: 04
      Quote: Kars
      I wonder who drown it faster? If suddenly what.

      If in the open sea, one-on-one, without external target designation ... the first to shoot is the one with the radar antenna raised higher. In the photo, this is "Shepherd". They will start sausage each other from about 30 km. The advantages of Norwegian are super-BIUS and stealth technology. The artillery of our BOD should be connected soon - here we have a clear advantage.
      Nobody knows who wins. Random events.

      "Shepherd" was nevertheless specially created for naval battles with ships, Norway is an anti-terrorist, a patrol and an air defense shnik. Ours should win in theory.
      1. Kars
        Kars 14 July 2012 13: 06
        Thanks for answers.
        Quote: Vito
        WE will overcome them!

        Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
        Win in theory should ours.

        It makes me happy.

        It is interesting to have any simulation programs in which such experiments can be carried out.
      2. Aeneas
        Aeneas 15 July 2012 21: 09
        Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
        If in the open sea, one-on-one, without external target designation ... the first one to shoot is the one with the radar antenna raised higher. In the photo, this is "Shepherd". They will start sausage each other from about 30 km. Pros of Norway - super-BIUS and stealth technology
        Well, you yourself answered the question "who will win". The Norwegian is stealth-like, he has electronic scanning of the radar beam. Chabanenko also has a three-coordinate radar (tobish theoretically, it is also phased), but the old one, from the 80s. This means the resolution, the ability to select targets, is much higher in the Norwegian. Plus Aegis, with its delights for targeting and data transmission, using a satellite component. I suspect that the Norwegian will be the first to discover Chabanenko, who has the swift and graceful shapes of the 80s, but too high ESR .... Well, the characteristics of the radar itself (signal strength, phase-frequency characteristics, etc.) among the Norwegians " more abruptly "(I suspect if it's honest).
    3. Sakhalininsk
      Sakhalininsk 14 July 2012 13: 45
      The Norwegian has very few chances, the Shepherd is stronger in all respects and at any distance of the battle.
    4. Brother Sarych
      Brother Sarych 14 July 2012 16: 49
      Something is not very interesting ...
  10. itr
    itr 14 July 2012 12: 25
    judging by the armament of the ship, the Norwegians again decided to surrender to the winners. Strange savings on a warship left only to put weapons
  11. Leisure
    Leisure 14 July 2012 13: 45
    A week later, I send my mother-in-law to Norway. I think it can give intelligence. some kind of task, or sabotage.
    1. Vito
      Vito 14 July 2012 15: 18
      Leisure.Good afternoon.
      Quote: Lazer
      I think it can give intelligence. some kind of task, or sabotage.

      What about sabotage as a suicide bomber?
      I apologize for earlier if I touched! Mother-in-law is also different.
  12. Foamas
    Foamas 14 July 2012 14: 03
    More than half of the fleet was not included in the review, although there are many new products that are quite significant for the parameters of Norway.
    6 missile boats of the type commissioned Skjold , Performance characteristics at
    Oto Breda Super Rapid - 76mm
    SCRC Kongsberg NSM - 8pcs
    SAM Mistral
    Full speed - 57uz.
    Economic sailing range - 900 miles (at 40 knots)

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  13. Foamas
    Foamas 14 July 2012 14: 17
    More than half of the fleet was not included in the review, although there are many new products that are quite significant for the parameters of Norway.
    6 missile boats of the type commissioned Skjold , Performance characteristics at
    Oto Breda Super Rapid - 76mm
    SCRC Kongsberg NSM - 8pcs
    SAM Mistral
    Full speed - 57uz.
    Economic sailing range - 900 miles (at 40 knots)
    1. Vito
      Vito 14 July 2012 15: 15
      Fomas (1)We will stretch the pleasure!
      Quote: FoMaS
      More than half of the fleet did not get into the review,

      Not all at once, otherwise it will not be interesting! drinks
      1. 755962
        755962 15 July 2012 00: 22
        Cool boats ..
  14. Strategia
    Strategia 14 July 2012 19: 22
    Nice article, thanks! I think the Norwegians, who so optimally approached the definition of the appearance of "Nansen", did not have in their thoughts to fight in a clean field sea ​​with our BOD. They created the ship FOR THEIR SPECIFIC TASKS, and not in order to amuse their own pride. With regard to our Navy, we can say that because its construction is going on raskoreku that we can not decide on the REAL tasks for him.
  15. Lexx
    Lexx 14 July 2012 19: 28
    The northernmost state of the European Union

    Norway is not a member of the European Union
  16. flanker7
    flanker7 15 July 2012 00: 21
    Thanks for the interesting article and great photos.!
  17. Isk1984
    Isk1984 16 July 2012 07: 07
    Fact in another Norway for 6 years built and commissioned 5 new frigates, plus boats .... whatever they were in equipment but these are modern ships according to the idea we for the same period (2006-20011) should strengthen the Northern Fleet no fewer units .... Efforts (built)?
  18. CARBON
    CARBON 19 July 2012 16: 45
    Ships are like ships. Sparingly and angrily. At 7500 tons, you can even more solidly arm. At the expense of "zest", this "Aegis" is too much for the lazy, or the one who has his own BIUS. They help the installation of the American military-industrial complex so that it does not decay)