The latest Spanish Navy patrol vesselsPosted: January 13, 2014
… the SNS Rayo (P42), …
…and the SNS Relámpago (P43).
The fourth ship of the class – the SNS Tornado (P44) – was not present.
These four ships were designed by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and are modular in design (i.e. the basic design can be modified to perform a number of functions). They are rated as BAM (Buque de Acción Marítima) and are designed to:
- Combine high performance with mission versatility.
- Have high commonality with other ships operated by the Spanish Navy.
- Have reduced acquisition and life-cycle costs in comparison with similar vessels operated by other navies.
- Displacement: 2,500 tonnes (full load)
- Length: 93.9m
- Beam: 14.2m
- Draft: 4.2m
- Propulsion: 2 MTU 16-valve 1163 diesel engines powering two variable pitch propellers via a diesel-electric transmission system that uses 2 Siemens electric motors. Each ship is also equipped with 2 x bow thrusters, 4 x MTU 12-valve 2000 diesel generators, and 1 x MTU S60 emergency generator
- Speed: 20 knots
- Range: 8700 miles
- Complement: 46 crew (and 30 additional personnel, as required)
- Armament: 1 x 76mm OTO Breda or OTO Melara Gun, 2 x 25mm Mk38 MOD 2A Automatic Cannons, 2 × 12.7mm machine guns, 4 x SRBOC Mk36 chaff launchers
- Aircraft carried: 1 × NH-90 helicopter (as required)
- Electronic systems and sensors: Dorna 2 fire control system, Scomba combat system, Rigel electronic warfare system, CIT-25D IFF, Tacan MM-6800 navigation set, HC Aries 2 navigation radar, Sperry Vision master FT navigation radar
76mm OTO Melara Gun as fitted to SNS Rayo.
SNS Rayo’s bridge and sensors arrays.
The midships section of SNS Rayo showing the hanger doors for the ship’s boats.
One of SNS Rayo’s 25mm Mk38 MOD 2A Automatic Cannons.
SNS Relámpago’s helicopter hanger doors and the helicopter landing deck.
The Spanish plan to build another four or five ships of this class, but that they may well be configured to perform other roles.
Bearing in mind that Navantia’s Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate design has been used as the basis for the Norwegian Navy’s Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and the Australian Navy’s Hobart-class destroyers, one wonders if developments of the Meteoro-class may be built for other navies.