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The Danish warship faced multiple weapon malfunctions while engaging with the Houthis


Apr 3, 2024

Danish media recently reported that the country’s most modern corvette, Iver Huitfeldt, faced issues with its radar, combat system, and 76 mm cannon while on duty in the Red Sea. The OLFI newspaper quoted an internal message from Lieutenant Colonel Sune Lund, commander of the corvette, detailing the problems experienced during the ship’s 3-month mission in the Red Sea to respond to the Houthis and protect maritime routes.

Iver Huitfeldt, part of the class of anti-aircraft defense ships, is one of the most modern warships in the Danish navy. The ship, with a price tag of approximately 325 million USD, encountered issues with its APAR radar and C-Flex combat management system, preventing it from firing long-range air defense missiles during critical moments.

The corvette also experienced issues with its 76 mm artillery shells, with some shells prematurely detonating after leaving the barrel. This posed a significant safety threat to the ship and its crew. The Danish Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation into the ship’s combat activities in the Red Sea in response to these issues.

This incident is not the first time a European warship has faced challenges in the Red Sea. Germany’s Sachsen missile guard ship launched two SM-2 air defense missiles at a suspicious UAV, later identified as a US MQ-9 Reaper, resulting in a misfire that cost the German army millions of dollars. These incidents highlight the challenges and risks faced by naval forces in combat zones like the Red Sea.

The Danish Ministry of Defense is looking into the details of Iver Huitfeldt’s mission in the Red Sea, while similar incidents involving European warships serving in the region raise concerns about the effectiveness and reliability of advanced naval technology in combat scenarios.

By editor

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