Friday, August 16, 2013


This is coolbert:

That Italian Maestrale frigate as to be purchased by the Filipino navy indeed able to fire the Otomat/Teseo anti-ship-missile [ASM].

"4 × TESEO Mk-2 anti-ship missiles launchers". This per single Maestrale frigate.

Additional missiles of the Otomat/Teseo ASM also capable of being deployed in a land-based coastal defense version, if and when the Philippines decides to further bolster their national defenses against a perceived Chinese threat.

The Otomat/Teseo available in a coastal defense version this DOES MAKE SENSE!

"The Otomat/Teseo is an Italian-built, anti-ship and coastal attack missile AND '[exists as a] variant in service [as a] coastal defense version . . . All necessary electronics are trailer-mounted as well as twin missile launchers, which makes it a high mobility system.'"

Alternatives to the Otomat/Teseo do exist? A quick perusal of the Internet wiki entry for anti-ship missiles seems to suggest this is so. That criteria being operational range [about equal to or exceeding an operational range of 180+ km]  and already existing in a land-based coastal defense version.

1. BrahMos. "BrahMos – Supersonic cruise missile (range of 290?km) jointly developed by India and Russia." "BrahMos . . . is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land."

BrahMos is state-of-the-art, supersonic, the total package but I might think expensive and perhaps not being for export.

Indian Army land based BrahMos launchers.

2. Russian P-800 Oniks. "The P-800 Oniks . . . also known in export markets as Yakhont . . . is a Russian/Soviet supersonic anti-ship cruise missile . . .  Development reportedly started in 1983, and by 2001 allowed the launch of the missile from land, sea, air and submarine."

A Russian P-800 Oniks.

3. Swedish RBS-15. "RBS-15 Mk. III - originally Sweden" "The RBS-15 (Robotsystem 15) is a long-range fire-and-forget surface-to-surface and air-to-surface, anti-ship missile."

A  RBS-15 coastal defense firing unit.

"The Swedish coastal artillery was also equipped with RBS-15Ms, which were mounted on Volvo trucks"

A Swedish RBS-15 during launch form a coastal defense vehicle. Those are booster rockets sending the missile aloft prior to ignition of the turbojet engine.

4. Norwegian Naval Strike Missile. "Naval Strike Missile (NSM) – Norway; made by KDA (imaging infrared)" "The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile"

Norwegian Naval Strike Missile. Two persons barely visible in the extreme right of the image give you some idea of the scale and size of the ASM.

"In June 2013 Poland completed the Coastal Missile Division . . . Ultimately, the Coastal Missile Division will be equipped with 48 missiles and six launchers."

5. Japanese Type 88. "Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile (SSM-1)"

"The Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile . . . is a surface-to-ship missile developed in Japan."

"SSM-1 is an improved and land-launched version of ASM-1."

"The basic configuration composes the same launcher vehicles and loader vehicles (6 SSM-1), some radar vehicles, fire control systems, and a command control system."

Japanese Type 88 ASM missiles in the coastal defense configuration.

6. Taiwanese HF II. "Hsiung Feng II - Brave Wind II is a subsonic missile with ship-to-ship, surface-to-ship, and air-to-ship versions."

"The Hsiung Feng II (HF-2) . . . is an anti-ship missile system . . . The HF-2 is designed to be deployed aboard ships or at facilities on land . . . The HF-2 has ECCM [electronic-counter-counter-measures] capabilities and is deployed . . . at several land-based sites"

This slightly blurry and enlarged image shows a firing battery of Taiwanese HF-2 ASM.

NO Chinese ASM were considered worthy for inclusion. I hardly think the Chinese willing to sell to potential rivals and adversaries their most advanced weaponry.

Devoted readers to the blog can suggest other possible ASM for inclusion?


1 comment:

Svesen said...

I like the quote:
"The Swedish coastal artillery was also equipped with RBS-15Ms, which were mounted on Volvo trucks"

And directly below it is a Scania truck :)