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Royal Norwegian Navy / Sjøforsvaret
Skjold class Corvette
 

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Ships:
 
P 960
HNoMS Skjold (1999)
P 961
HNoMS Storm (2010)
P 962
HNoMS Skudd (2010)
P 963
HNoMS Steil (2011)
P 964
HNoMS Glimt (2012)
P 965
HNoMS Gnist (2012)
   
 
Specifications:
 
Builder:
Umoe Mandal Shipbuilding, Mandal, Norway
 
Length:
47,5 meters (155.8 feet)
Beam: 13,5 meters (44 ft)
Draught: 2,2 meters (7.2 ft) / 1 meter (3.3 ft) on cushion
Displacement: 274 tons (full load)
Speed:
45 knots (83 km/h) in sea state 3
25 knots (46 km/h) in sea state 5
60 knots (110 km/h) in calm sea
Range: 800 NM (1500 km) at 40 knots (74 km/h)
Complement: 15-16

Propulsion:
COGAG (Combined Gas and Gas)
2 x
Pratt & Whitney ST 18M gas turbines
2 x
Pratt & Whitney ST 40M gas turbines
2 x
Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets
12000 kW (16092 hp)
 
 
Armament:
 
1 x Oto-Melara 76/62SR super rapid gun
 
8 x KDS Naval Strike Missiles (SSM)
  
2 x Browning 12,7mm (caliber .50) heavy machine guns
or
 2 x KDS Sea Protector 12,7mm remote controlled weapon station (RWS)

 
 
 
Aviation:
none

Systems:
Thales MRR-3D-NG air/surface radar
Saab Ceros 200 fire control radar
CS-3701 electronic warfare suite
Sagem Vigy 20 electro-optical sensor
Rheinmetall TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher

  
 
Skjold-class corvettes (skjold means "shield" in Norwegian) are a class of six large, superfast, stealth missile corvettes in service with the Royal Norwegian Navy. The boats were formerly classed as MTBs (motor torpedo boats) but, from 2009, the Royal Norwegian Navy has described them as corvettes (korvett) because their seaworthiness is seen as comparable to corvettes, and because they do not carry torpedoes. They were built at the Umoe Mandal yard. With a maximum speed of 60 knots (110 km/h), the Skjold-class corvettes were the fastest combat ships afloat at the time of their introduction.

Development and production:
The Skjold-class vessels began with the development of the Royal Norwegian Navy's "Project SMP 6081", and the first preproduction version was ordered on 30 August 1996. The first ship of its class, P960, was launched on 22 September 1998 and commissioned 17 April 1999. A Norwegian Parliamentary White Paper of 2001 recommended building five additional boats, and this was agreed to in 2002. Six Skjold-class vessels replaced the Royal Norwegian Navy's previous fourteen Hauk-class patrol boats.

Design:
The Skjold design is a surface effect craft, constructed of glass fibre/carbon composite materials. Buoyancy is augmented underway by a fan-blown skirted compartment between the two rigid catamaran-type hulls. This provides an alternative solution to the planing hull/vee hull compromise: the air cushion reduces wave slam at high speeds while presenting a low-drag flat planing profile at the waterline.

To ensure stealth capabilities, anechoic coatings of radar absorbent materials (RAM) have been used in the load-bearing structures over large areas of the ship. This strategy leads to significant weight saving compared to the conventional construction technique of applying RAM cladding to the external surfaces. The ship's profile has a faceted appearance with no right angle structures and few orientations of reflective panels. Doors and hatches are flush with the surfaces and the windows are flush without visible coaming (edge of window aperture) and are fitted with radar reflective screens. The vessels are additionally protected by the Rheinmetall MASS sensor / decoy system.

The final design was changed compared to the prototype Skjold, which itself was rebuilt to the new specifications. Most notably, the vessels use 4 gas turbines combined by Renk COGAG gear units built in a lightweight design. The smaller gas turbines rated 2,000 kW turbines are used for cruising speed. For sprint speed a second, larger gas turbine is combined providing a total of 6,000 kW to the waterjet on each shaft line. Two MTU 123 cruise diesel propulsion units used previously at loiter speeds were removed. The foredeck was strengthened to accommodate the addition of a 76 mm Otobreda Super Rapid gun.

The hull material was produced by a different method to improve strength and minimize vulnerability to fire. The bridge saw some changes, including an upgrade to six weapon systems control consoles.

The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard expressed interest in the design and leased the P960 for a period of one year, from 2001 until 2002. During that time it was operated by a 14-man Norwegian crew out of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.

source: wikipedia

 

class images
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P 960 HNoMS Skjold

skjold class corvette p-961 hnoms knm storm royal norwegian navy sjoforsvaret 12c
P 961 HNoMS Storm

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P 962 HNoMS Skudd

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P 963 HNoMS Steil

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P 964 HNoMS Glimt

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P 965 HNoMS Gnist



ARMAMENT + DETAILS

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at Umoe Mandal Shipyard


skjold class corvette knm hnoms royal norwegian navy sjoforsvaret 02 oto melara 76/62 gun
Oto Melara 76/62 (76mm / 3-inches / 62-caliber) super rapid gun

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Oto Melara 76/62 (76mm / 3-inches / 62-caliber) super rapid gun

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Oto Melara 76/62 (76mm / 3-inches / 62-caliber) super rapid gun

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Oto Melara 76/62 (76mm / 3-inches / 62-caliber) super rapid gun

skjold class corvette knm hnoms royal norwegian navy sjoforsvaret 10 oto melara 76/62 gun ammunition
76mm (3 inches) ammunition magazine for Oto Melara 76/62 gun



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Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launcher (2x4)

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Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launcher (2x4)

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Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launcher (2x4)



skjold class corvette knm hnoms royal norwegian navy sjoforsvaret 15 kongsberg sea protector machine gun system
with 2 x Kongsberg SEA PROTECTOR / caliber .50 (12,7mm) remote-controlled machine gun system

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Browning caliber .50 (12,7mm) machine gun



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skjold class corvette knm hnoms royal norwegian navy sjoforsvaret 21 bridge helm control

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