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The KDB Darulaman is the last of three Darussalam-
class off-shore patrol boats ordered from German
ship maker Lurrsen Wrft. Launched in May 2011,
the KDB Darulaman maintains an operational crew
of 80-90 navy officers and general servicemen,
with the capability to carry up to 24 members
of the RBAFSFR (Royal Brunei Armed Forces
Special Force Regiment) and accommodate the 8
man crew and pilot of a RBAF Sikorsky S-70-14
Blackhawk. The vessel which was commissioned
on the 8th December, 2011 is operated by the
RBN for the patrolling of Brunei’s waters and
protection of its economic resources, such as
The KDB Darulaman is powered by a MTU 12V
1163 TB93 diesel engine, allowing the vessel
to tow its overall weight of 1,625 tonnes at an
average speed of 20 knots.
The Darulaman comes equipped with the 4100
2D Scanter Surface/Air Search Radar integrated
with the Thales Sting EO Mk2 fire-control radar,
the Zeiss MEOS prefect system II (Electro-Optics
Maritime Surveillance), EDO ITT 3601 electronic
warfare system and Terma DL-6T decoy launching
system. The vessel is able to accommodate day
and nighttime helicopter landings, and deploy ‘rigid
inflatable aircraft’ leaving it with the potential for
ship-to-ship boarding operations.
The vessel carries the BOFORS 57mm cannon,
EXOCET anti-missile system, and maintains the
ability to launch surface-to-surface missiles.
PLANS QINGDAO (113)
The PLANS Qingdao is one of two, Type 052 Luhu-
class multi-role guided missile destroyers. The
Qingdao (113) alongside Type 054A frigate Yantai
(538) and supply ship Weishanhu (887) form
the 11th Chinese naval escort flotilla, and since
departing from Qingdao City on 16 February 2013,
have conducted anti-piracy and escort missions in
the Gulf of Aden and Somali Waters.
The 4,800-ton vessel is propelled by a General
Electric LM2500, with a speed of 31 knots
(57km/5) and a maximum range of 5,000 miles
The offensive capabilities of the vessel
u 4 x 4YJ-83 (C-803) anti-ship missiles
u 1 x 9-cell HQ-7 SAM (8+16 rounds)
u 1 x Type H/PJ33A dual 100mm/56
u 2 x Trip Yu-7 torpedo tubes
The destroyer was upgraded in 2011, and
while the exact specifications of the upgrade
are unconfirmed they are believed to include the
replacement of four type 76A guns with two Type
730 CIWS, placed above the helicopter hanger.
The Crotale/HHQ-7 short-range SAM has been
replaced by the new FM-90 .
Two Type 726-4 decoy launchers were installed
on both sides of the forward bridge.
The Thomson-CSF Sea Tiger air/surface search
radar was first replaced by an indigenous Type 518
Hai Ying radar. The Type 362 air/surface radar,
installed on top of the aft mast, has been replaced
by a Type 364. A pair of SATCOM antennas have
also been installed above the helicopter hangar.
FNS VENDEMIAIRE (F734)
The French light monitoring frigate Vendemiaire
is the fifth ship of the Floreal Class, currently
in service with the FNS. The Vendemiaire was
deployed to East-Timor as a part of the Australian-
led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from the
20th September to 17th November 1999. The
vessel also went on a tour of Chinese ports in
2011, with visits to Canton, Chiang Tao, Hong
Kong and Shanghai. The vessel has since been
tasked with the protection of maritime areas, the
French Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), as well
as fisheries protection.
The vessel contains four diesel SEMT Pielstick
6PA6 L280 engines capable of propelling the
2,600 ton vessel at a speed of 20 knots (37km/h),
leaving the vessel capable of an overall range of
10,000 nautical miles (19,000km).
The Vendemiaire maintains a crew of 89,
consisting of 11 officers, 36 non-commissioned
officers and 42 general service members. The
vessel also maintains the 11-man crew for one
Eurocopter AS565 Panther.
The Vendemiaire is armed with 2x EXOCET
MM38 missiles and a single 10mm CADAM turret
incorporating the Najir fire control system, and
maintains two 20mm Model F2 naval defense
The vessel is equipped with the DRBV-21C
(MARS) air sentry and the Racal Decca RM1290
navigation and landing radar systems. The
ARBG-1A Saigon electronic warfare system and
Dagaie Decoy systems are also onboard.
INS SAHYADRI (F49)
The INS Sahyadri is a Shivalik class stealth multi-
role frigate. The vessel was built at the Mazagon
Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai, with
construction beginning in 2003 and completed in
2011. The frigate was commissioned on the 21
July 2012 into the Eastern Naval Command and is
currently headquartered as Vishakapatnam.
The 6200-ton vessel is propelled by two Pielstick
PA6 STC Diesel engines capable of a maximum
speed of 32 knots (59km/h), and maintains an
operational crew of 257 consisting of 35 officers.
The vessel also carries two HAL Dhruv or Sea King
Mk. 42B helicopters and crew.
The INS Sahyadri is equipped with an array
of Russian, Indian and Western weapon
AUSTRALIA’S SONAR ADVANTAGE
DESIGN I BUILD I DELIVER I SUSTAIN
SYSTEMS THAT PROVIDE AUSTRALIA’S CAPABILITY EDGE - NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE
SATEPS / IDRS
Active Intercept Ranging
Acoustic Data Recording
Self Noise Monitoring
Osprey 2 / SOBIC
Acoustic Analysis Systems
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT I ADVANCED ACOUSTIC CONCEPTS
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