“Vlahakos” missile: This is the new weapon of the Navy – Armament and capabilities

“Vlahakos” missile: This is the new weapon of the Navy – Armament and capabilities
“Vlahakos” missile: This is the new weapon of the Navy – Armament and capabilities

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was present this morning at the naming ceremony of the Navy’s missile boat “Lieutenant Vlahakos”, stressing that our navy is thus becoming more powerful.

In his message, the Prime Minister emphasized that every Greek weapon is a force of peaceful deterrence, a shield of dynamic protection of our sovereign rights, but also of international legitimacy. At the same time, referring to the name of the missile boat, he emphasized that the very name of the ship will proclaim that our country remains faithful to its tradition: that heroes give birth to new heroes.

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In a little while, the high-speed guided missile patrol car will be singing in honor of Panagiotis Vlachakos, who sacrificed himself next to Vice-Captain Karathanasis and Commander-in-Chief Gialopsos, traveling everywhere the truth of history: That our borders are blue and not gray.

The characteristics of the “Vlahakos” rocket ship

The “Vlachakos” rocket launcher is of the Super Vita type. In Greece the class was named in honor of Nikolaos Roussen, a distinguished World War II submarine officer who was mortally wounded during a standoff and while in command of a naval division for the recapture of the corvette Apostoli. The main vessel is made of steel and the superstructure is aluminum, with Vosper Thornycroft Controls providing the power transmission system, vessel management system, electrical equipment and countermeasures systems.

  • Dimensions: 61.9 / 9.5 / 2.8 meters
  • Displacement: 670 tons
  • Promotion: 4 MTU 16V 595 TE 90
  • Speed: 34.5 knots
  • Crew: 45

Armor:

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  • 8 K/B E-E Exocet MM-40 Blk2 / Blk3
  • 1 OTOBREDA 76mm / 62 Super Rapido gun
  • 2 OTOBREDA 30mm guns
  • 1 GLMS RAM anti-missile system (CIWS) carrying 21 K/B

Operational Capabilities

The SUPER VITA TPCs can operate in sea state 5 and survive in sea state 7. They have command and control capabilities of a group of ships with satisfactory external and internal communications facilities, tactical system, LINK-11 system and satellite communications. Fire direction (C/B, guns) is done using systems that are difficult to detect and interfere with. The A/A defense of the ship is done with CIWS RAM and guns. It can perform covert operations with “silent cruise”, low “electromagnetic signature” (RCS) and low “infrared signature” (IR).

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Its survivability in a nuclear, chemical and biological weapons contaminated environment is judged to be quite good using GAS CITADEL and a decontamination station. They also have training facilities with the ability to create virtual training scenarios and simulate actions / reactions from all involved systems. They have a high level of automation combined with many “emergency” alternatives and functions, weapons and A/N systems with long times between failures (MTBF) and short times to locate and restore faults (MTTR), while being designed to exhibit long periods between general repairs of the main engines and auxiliary engines. Finally, the habitats and living conditions of the crew are equivalent to the 21st century, which at the same time cover the needs of multi-day missions.

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The Tacticos combat system comes from Thales Nederland (formerly Signaal) and provides automatic threat assessment, as well as using the ship’s sensors and armament to engage targets. The system controls all the equipment (Exocet missiles, 76mm and 30mm guns, RAM and DR 3000 systems), while the fire control system is called Sting and also comes from Thales Nederland. Sensors on board include the Thales MW08 3D radar, Thales Nederland Mirador electro-optical seeker, Scout Mark II and Northrop Grumman’s (formerly Litton) Marine Bridgemaster-E navigation radar. Communications are based on Rockwell Collins’ Data Link 11, model MDM 2002 system, Intercom Systems A/S provides the ICS 2000 communications system, and Aeromaritime provides the IFF Mk 12 friend/foe identification system.

Coat of arms

Depicted are a guided missile and a seagull flying near the surface of the sea. The representation indicates the speed and firepower of the particular type of P. Ship.

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The 7 rockets of this type

  1. Lt. ROUSSEN, P-67
  2. Lieutenant DANIOLOS, P-68
  3. Lieutenant KRYSTALIDIS, P-69
  4. Lieutenant GRIGOROPOULOS, P-70
  5. Lieutenant RITSOS, P-71
  6. Lieutenant Commander KARATHANASIS, P-78
  7. Lieutenant VLACHAKOS, P-79

The launching ceremony

Pictures of the “Vlahakos” rocket ship

TPC “Vlahakos” bears the name of Lieutenant Panagiotis Vlahakos, who together with Lieutenant Christodoulos Karathanasis and Chief Clef Hector Gialopsos “fell” on the night of January 31, 1996, in Imia.

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