Roussen-class fast attack craft

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HS Roussen, P-67 in Piraeus during Saint Nicholas festival of 2009.
Class overview
Name: Roussen, Super Vita
Builders:
Operators:  Hellenic Navy
Preceded by: La Combattante IIIb
In commission: 2005 - present day
Building: 2
Planned: 7
Completed: 5
Active:
  • P67 Roussen
  • P68 Daniolos
  • P69 Krystallides
  • P70 Grigoropoulos
  • P71 Ritsos
General characteristics
Type: FACM
Displacement: 580 tons / 668 tons fully loaded
Length: 62 m
Beam: 9.5 m
Draught: 2.6 m
Propulsion: 4 × MTU 16V595 TE90 diesel engines 23,500 hp
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Complement: 45
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Thales MW08 3D G-band surveillance radar
  • Thales Mirador electro-optical target tracker
  • Thales Scout MkII low probability of intercept radar
  • Sperry Marine Bridgemaster-E navigation radar
  • Tacticos combat management system
  • Aeromaritime IFF Mk12
  • ICS 2000 integrated communications system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • DR 3000 ESM system
  • Argo AR 900 ESM system
  • 1 SRBOC decoy launcher
Armament:

The Roussen class is a seven-strong class of British-design fast attack missile boats improved and customized for the Hellenic Navy, also known as Super Vita. The class is named after its lead ship, which in turn is named after Lt Nikolaos Roussen, a World War II submarines officer who was killed in the suppression of the Navy mutiny in April 1944.

History[edit]

The modernization program of the Hellenic Navy in the late 1990s included the construction of three modern missile boats and was signed in January 2000. The construction took place at the Elefsis Shipyards, while Vosper Thornycroft (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) provide the necessary design, logistical support and equipment for the ships. On August, 2003 and September, 2008 options that provided the acquisition of four more vessels were activated with the last ship to be commissioned in 2013.

Design[edit]

The plans of the Roussen Class missile boats are based on smaller Vita class boats serving in the navies of Qatar, as well as similar size vessels built for Oman and other countries. The hull is made of steel and the superstructure is made of aluminum, while the company Vosper Thornycroft (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) provides the electricity transmission system, the management board, electrical equipment and systems countermeasures.

Weapons and electronics[edit]

The main armament of the ships are eight Exocet MM40 Block II/III anti-ship missiles with a range of up to 180 km. They are complemented by an Otobreda 76 mm naval gun in the bow and two smaller 30mm cannons as secondary weapons located on the ships' superstructure. The vessel's primary anti-air and anti-missile weapon is the RIM-116 RAM missile system which comprises an onboard Mk-49 launcher with 21 projectiles, as well as the DR3000 and AR900 electronic support measures systems and the SRBOC decoy launcher.

The sensor suite responsible for the timely identification and homing of surface and air targets includes the MW08 3D G-band surveillance radar, the Mirador electro-optical target tracker and the Scout MkII low probability of intercept radar which is being controlled by the TACTICOS combat management system.

Ships[edit]

Ship Namesake Builder Commissioned Status
P67 Roussen Ρουσσέν Lt Nikolaos Roussen Elefsis Shipyards November 12, 2002 In service 2008
P68 Daniolos Δανίολος Lt Antonios Daniolos Elefsis Shipyards July 8, 2003 In service 2008
P69 Krystallidis Κρυσταλλίδης Lt Vyron Krystallidis Elefsis Shipyards April 5, 2004 In service 2008
P70 Grigoropoulos Γρηγορόπουλος Lt Michail Grigoropoulos Elefsis Shipyards December 20, 2005 In service 2010
P71 Ritsos Ρίτσος Lt Nikolaos Ritsos Elefsis Shipyards October 9, 2006 In service 2015
P72 Karathanasis Καραθανάσης Elefsis Shipyards TBD Under construction
P73 Vlachakos Βλαχάκος Elefsis Shipyards TBD Under construction

Similar ships[edit]

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