Alcéch Class Modular Patrol Vessel
Name: Alcéch Classs (Type 40)
Builders: Reinhardt Shipbuilding (original), HDS
Cost Per Unit: $45 million
Upto 20 marines
120mm Naval Gun
Inflatable Decoy System
GrandTech LT33 diesel engines
Max. Payload Range
Alcéch Class Modular Patrol Vessel
The Alcéch Class is a Modular Patrol Vessel produced in Noronica by Hunter Defence Systems and built as a patrol and mine-warfare vessel deployed by the Noronnican navy.
The Alcéch class was designed by Reinhardt Shipbuilding and built-in Norstham in the 1990s. These ships were later designated the Type 40 by Hunter Defense Systems and are some of the largest series of ships built by that shipyard for both foreign buyers and the Noronnican Navy.
The ship is named after the word for 'Alchemy' in the Nyssic language.
On 6 November 2007 it was announced that the Noronnican Navy had signed an Agreement in Principle to build three new offshore patrol vessels, based on the Alchemy-class design. In August 1988, Reinhardt Shipbuilding signed the contract to build the ships at their shipyards in Southern Noronica. The Department for Defence stated that the ships are capable of being used for constabulary duties such as "counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations". According to Hunter Defence Systems (the successor of Reinhardt), the vessels are designed to deploy globally, conducting anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling tasks currently conducted by frigates and destroyers. Steel was cut on 10 October 1992 and they were expected to enter service starting 2000, with the last being delivered by the end of 2007.
The Type 40 ships are fundamentally different in appearance and capabilities from the preceding designs. Notable differences include the 102 metres long hull, a top speed of 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph), large flight deck, a displacement of around 2,000 tonnes and greatly expanded capacity for accommodating troops. The Type 40 ships also have a different (full width) superstructure, and a fundamentally different above-water hullform shape (greater bow flare, different & less-pronounced forward knuckle line compared to the earlier-designed ships, lack of the distinctive fwd & aft bulwarks of the earlier vessels).
The Type 40 was designed with modularity and flexibility in mind to enhance versatility across the full range of operations, including maritime security and mine warfare operations. The adaptable design will facilitate through-life support, ensuring upgrades can easily be undertaken as technology develops. The Alcéch Class is designed for up to 35 days' endurance and a range of approximately 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km).
The Noronnican Navy's version of the Alcéch class is referred to as the Type 40 patrol vessel. This variant will be equipped with a Navigation Radar, air-defence missiles and a 120mm cannon for anti-ship operations. Like its predecessors, the Alcéch class will have an acoustically quiet hull for anti-submarine warfare and can be fitted with a GrandTech Type 2050 Bow Sonar and GrandTech Type 2087 Towed Sonars. Smaller guns include one Phalanx CIWS, four 30mm autocannons and a number of miniguns and general-purpose machine guns.
The first steel for the eight new Noronnican ships was scheduled to be cut in the summer of 2008. Hunter Defence Systems announced the award of the Type 40's first seven equipment manufacturing contracts in July 2007, these worth in excess of $200 million. Contracts were awarded to various companies from Norstham and Noronica for the ship’s air weapons handling system, propulsion gearbox, electric propulsion motor and drive system and testing facility, integrated navigation and bridge system including customer-specific design and development, a land-based integration facility, and a wide range of services. GrandTech Power Engineering was awarded the contract for the gas turbine; whilst HDS retained the award for the communications systems.
As part of an ambitious (and expensive) plan to modernise the navy, Noronica's Department for Defence ordered a total overhaul of the Type 40 in 2007, stating that the ships needed to 'be up to the task'. Many key parliamentary figures were concerned that the design limited the ocean-going capability of the ship and was unable to be fully utilised in an ocean-going mission, restricting the ship to coastal waters. In 2011, the fleet began to replace many features of the ship, including a massive restructuring of the layout. A new, powerful radar was selected: the Clear Sky AESA radar, which was installed on top of a new mast. The defence weapons were move, as well as the autocannons - but most importantly, the hangar deck was expanded to accommodate more helicopters - and could even to outfitted to house a single VTOL aircraft. In addition, a new medical bay was installed, as well as an expanded armoury and barracks to house soldiers or captured pirates.