Nakhoda Ragam class corvette

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Nakhoda Ragam class corvette

The Nakhoda Ragam class is a class of corvette offshore patrol vessels originally built for the Royal Brunei Navy and named after the lead ship of the class, in turn named after a legendary Malay seafarer.

The contract was awarded to GEC-Marconi in 1995 and the ships, a variant of the F2000 design, were launched in January 2001, June 2001 and June 2002 at the then BAE Systems Marine yard at Scotstoun, Glasgow. The customer refused to accept the vessels and the contract dispute became the subject of arbitration. When the dispute was settled in favour of BAE Systems, the vessels were handed over to Royal Brunei Technical Services in June 2007. In 2007, Brunei contracted the German L├╝rssen ship yard to find a new customer for the three ships. As of 13/3/2011 the vessels remain unsold and are laid up at Barrow-in-Furness, despite previous rumours that they were to be sold to Algeria.

Nakhoda Ragam class corvette

The ships are armed with MBDA Exocet Block II anti-ship missiles and MBDA Seawolf air defence missiles. The main gun is an Oto Melara 76mm; the ship also carries two torpedo tubes, two 30mm remote weapon stations and has a landing spot for a helicopter.

General characteristics
Type: F2000 Corvette
Displacement: 1,940 tonnes
Length: 89.9 m (295 ft) LWL, 95 m (312 ft) LOA
Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft)
Draught: 3.6 m (12 ft)
Propulsion:
  • 4 x MAN B&W / Ruston diesel engine (total of 30.2 MW)
  • 2 x shafts
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 79 (room for an additional 24)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radamec 2500 electro-optic weapons director.
  • Thales Underwater Systems TMS 4130C1 hull-mounted sonar.
  • BAE Systems Insyte AWS-9 3D E- and F-band air and surface radar.
  • BAE Insyte 1802SW I/J-band radar trackers.
  • Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 navigation radar.
  • Thales Nederland Scout radar for surface search.
Armament:
  • MBDA (Aerospatiale) Exocet MM40 Block II missile launcher.
  • MBDA (BAE Systems) Seawolf surface-to-air missile.
  • 1 x Oto Melara 76mm gun.
  • 2 x MSI Defence DS 30B REMSIG 30mm guns
  • 2 x triple BAE Systems 324mm torpedo tubes.
  • Thales Sensors Cutlass 242 countermeasures.
Aircraft carried: 1 x S-70B Seahawk
Aviation facilities: Flightdeck, no hangar

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