Thursday, January 8, 2009

South African navy major warship Valour frigates picture

SAS Mendi seen leaving Cape Town's V&A Waterfront 12 November 2007

SAN Valour class Frigate. photo by clinton Wyness

SAS Isandlwana seen leaving the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 2 June 2008

SAS Amatola f145 departing from Portsmouth Naval Base on the 22nd July 2007

The Valour class frigates The German manufacturer designates MEKO A-200SAN are the major surface ships of the South African Navy. member of german MEKO family of naval ships. they have stealthy design, including the extensive use of "X-form" structure design in which right angles and vertical surfaces are avoided and techniques to reduce the infrared signature, such as exiting the exhaust below the waterline. the designers claim the Valour class has the radar signature of a vessel half its size, 75% less infrared signature than previous designs
Class and type: Frigate
Displacement: 3700 tons
Length: 121 metres
Beam: 16.34 metres
Draught: 5.95 metres
Propulsion: CODAG WARP
2x diesel engines, 5,920 kilowatts (7,940 hp) each, 2 shafts for cruise;
1x gas turbine, 20,000 kilowatts (27,000 hp)
1x waterjet

Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Endurance: 28 days
crew: 124 (incl aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems: Surveillance Radar: Thales Naval France MRR-3D NG G-band multi-role radar
Optical Radar Tracker: 2x Reutech RTS 6400 monopulse X-band (I/J bands) combined radar and optronics trackers
Electro-optical Tracker: Reutech Electro-optical tracker
Identification Friend or Foe: Tellumat Intergrated Naval IFF system
Target Designation Sights: M-Tek Target Designation Sights
Sonar: Thales UMS4132 Kingklip sonar

Obstacle avoidance sonar: MDS 3060

Electronic warfare
and decoys: ESM/ECM: Saab Grintek Avitronics SME 100/200 ESM & ELINT

Decoys: 2x 48 Saab Grintek Avitronics MRL (96 decoys)

Armament: Naval Guns: 1x Otobreda 76 mm naval gun
1x 35 mm LIW (Denel) 35DPG dual purpose twin-barreled gun
2x Mk1 Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
2x 12.7 mm Rogue remotely operated guns
Anti-ship missiles: 8x MBDA MM 40 Exocet Block 2 surface-to-surface missiles
Surface-to-Air: 16x Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles (mounted in two eight-cell vertical launchers)
ASW: 4x 324 millimetres (12.8 in) torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2x SuperLynx 300


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