At IMDEX Asia 2019, ST Engineering unveiled the latest addition to its Vanguard series, the Vanguard 130 Multi-Role Combatant.
The Vanguard series design concept focuses on “One Design” which can be applied across “Multiple Classes” with “Modular Capabilities”. The concept also allows for commonalities (e.g. scalable hull form, machinery & equipment, system & layout designs, standards for outfitting and installation) across the different classes of vessels including the new Vanguard 130 Multi-role Combatant.
The Vanguard 130 Multi-Role Combatant is a good fit for ship operators looking for enhanced cost efficiencies and flexible ship deployment. It is part of a series of five classes that delivers multi-modal capabilities with one design. This enables enhanced cost efficiencies across the platforms as all five classes share common hull forms that reduce acquisition costs.
Owing to its highly scalable and modular design, the Vanguard allows operators to exercise more flexibility in the ship’s deployment, including space for carrying of unmanned vehicles for warfare or other operations. The in-house developed and patented Q-LARS 2.0 for handling a wide range of small crafts and unmanned surface vehicles can be easily adapted for use in every Vanguard series vessel.
The vessel is a full-fledged surface combatant because it is fitted with VLS for surface to air missile, anti-ship missile launchers, torpedo launchers, decoy launchers as well as 76mm, 30mm and 12.7mm gun mounts. The ship has a length of 130 meters, a speed of 28 knots and a displacement of 5,000 tons.
ST Engineering announced the launch of its upgraded SkyArcher Counter Drone System. The first such solution of its kind in Singapore, the SkyArcher does not interfere with the communications signals of surrounding authorised drones as well as other communications signals in a radio frequency dense urban environment.
On showcase for the first time is the AgilLOC Antenna Element Compact (AgilLOC AEC), an integrated anti-jam antenna system which can nullify the interference of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals.
The Integrated Ship Bridge Simulator also made its debut at the show. The system features Virtual Reality (VR) stations that enhance realism with targeted scenarios including berthing and dealing with small vessel threats.