Monday, November 30, 2009

San Giorgio LPD

The vessel can carry out: land connections (as ro-ro ships), air connections via helicopter, marine connections via own craft. Designed for specific military tasks such as the transport and landing of troops,
vehicles and equipment the vessel can also be employed in civilian operations. Three have been built for the Italian Navy: San Giusto San Marco San Giorgio. The unit features: a garage deck and flight deck for helicopters stretching from stern to bow; astern dock.
Main Characteristics
Marina Militare Italiana

Length overall133.30m
Complement and troops520
2 medium speed Diesel engines
Max continuous output12,350KW
4 Diesel generators3,120KW
Max continuous speed21.00knots
Range (at 16.0 knots)7,500NM
Combat System
1 OTO-BREDA 76/62 Gun (option)
2 20 mm machine guns
1 AESN Fire Control System (option)
1 AESN C&C System
1 SMA MM/SPQ 702 Search Radar
2 Navigation Radars
1 ELMER-MAC Integrated
TLC System

Type 071 LPD

The Type 071 amphibious transport dock, or landing platform dock (LPD) was built by Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard for the PLA Navy (PLAN). The first hull Kunlunshan (hull No.998) was launched on 22 December 2006 and commissioned by the PLAN South Sea Fleet on 30 November 2007. The ship is absed at Zhanjiang Naval Base in Guangdong Province.

The Type 071 LPD is the largest indigenously designed combat ship of the PLAN to date, with an estimated full displacement of 17,000~20,000 tonnes. The cargo capacity of the Type 071 is thought to be in the same range as the U.S. Navy Austin class LPD. If this estimation was correct, the Type 071 LPD can carry a marine corps battalion, including 500~800 troops, 15~20 amphibious armoured vehicles, and their associated logistic supplies.

The Type 071 LPD offers much increased sea lifting capacity and operational flexibility not possessed by the conventional tank landing ships (LST) in the current PLA Navy service. In a possible offensive operation to seize Taiwan, the Type 071 could be used to launch an amphibious assault from the Pacific side of the island, where the island’s defence is relatively weak. However, the Type 071’s role is not limited only to the Taiwan scenario. With its strong self-contain capability the LPD could operate far from friendly shores, projecting amphibious assets over distance of several thousand nautical miles. The plenty space onboard also allows additional communications equipments to be added for the ship to act as a fleet command and control centre in an amphibious operation.

In addition to traditional amphibious assault role, the Type 071 LPD could also be deployed for a whole range of non-traditional missions, for example, providing a sea-based platform for helicopters to send humanitarian aids to a disaster area and evacuate casualties and refugees from the area; or evacuating citizens from conflict zones.


The docking system is located at the stern of the ship. A floodable bay can embark air-cushioned landing craft, conventional landing craft, and amphibious vehicles. Flooding of the docking area is achieved by ballasting the stern of the ship, allowing the landing craft to float. Preliminary models of the class suggest that the Type 071 was designed to embark 4 air cushion landing crafts (LCAC).

A large helicopter flight deck at the stern is enough to support the operation of two medium-size helicopters such as Z-8/AS 321Ja Super Frelon. The same helicopter has also been operating from the PLA Navy’s Type 072-II Yuting class tank landing ship, carrying 30 armed troops to the landing zone behind the enemy line on the beach. It is also worth noting that a full-scale mockup of a co-axial design helicopter was spotted on the ship’s flight deck while it was under construction, indicating a Russian design such as Kamov Ka-29 was also considered.

Weapon Systems

The ship is equipped with a single-barrel 76mm main gun, which appears to be a copy of the Russian AK-176. The gun is located on the bow deck. There are four Russian-built AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS).

The ship is also equipped with four 50-tube 120mm multi-purpose rocket launchers, which could provide large area firepower against shore targets.


Two Type 347G (one front, one rear) I-band radars provide fire-control for the 76mm main gun and four AK-630 CIWS. The air/surface search radar is the Type 360S E/F-band, mounted at the top of the forward mast.


Sirocco LPD


Displacement 19,500 tons with full load
Length 199 meters
Beam 32 meters
Draft 28 meters
Autonomy 6000 Nautical miles @ 18 knots
Crew 160 people

6 spots helicopters 16 tons
1 standard hospital Sirocco
1 zone PC dedicated prewired (800m2)
450 embarked troop long duration
16 Tiger and NH90 helicopters:
60 armoured vehicles, a squadron of Leclerc tanks

Systems integrated system including/understanding the interior transmissions, the transmissions external (including by satellites) and a data link of data (Link 11) radar 3D two radars of navigation and landing

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

KRI Makassar

Class overviewName:Makassar Builders Daewoo International Corporation (Daesun Shipyard), PT PALPreceded by:Tanjung Dalpele

Cost:USD $19.9 million per ship

General characteristicsType:Landing Platform Dock

Displacement:7,300 tons standard displacement
11,394 tons full displacement

Length:122 meters ~ 125 meters

Beam:22 metersDraft:4.9 metersDecksTank Deck); 6.7 meter,(Truck Deck); 11.3 meter

Propulsion:CODAD, 2 shafts

2 x MAN B&W 8L28/32A diesel rated at 2666 BHP/1960 kW@ 775 RPM

Speed:Maximum: 16 knots

Cruising: 14 knots

Economy: 12 knots

Range:30 days, up to 10,000

NmBoats and landing
craft carried:2 x LCVPTroops:218 troops

Complement:accommodations up to 518 persons

Crew:126 crew

'A' position: Bofors 40mm SAK40/L70 or 100mm
'B' position: 20mm Oerlikon
'B' position: 2 x Mistral SimbadAircraft carried:5 helicopters


Class overviewBuilders:Hanjin Heavy Industries & Constructions Co


General characteristicsTonnage:14,300 tons (empty) / 18,800 tons (full)

Length:199 m (653 ft)

Beam:31 m (102 ft)Draught:7 m (23 ft)

Propulsion:4 S.E.M.T. Pielstick 16 PC2.5 STC Diesel engine

Speed:23 knots (43 km/h) maximum
18 knots (33 km/h) cruising

Boats and landing craft carried:2 LSF-II or LCAC

Capacity:Up to 200 vehicles

Troops:720 marines, 6 tanks, 7 amphibious assault vehicles


Armament:Two Goalkeeper CIWS, One RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile

Aircraft carried:Up to 10 helicoptersAviation

facilities:Flight deck and hanger

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Aid For Quake Victims


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team fly over the Skybridge of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. The Thunderbirds will perform their aerobatic formation and solo flying stunts in specially-marked jets during an air show this week.