Red Sea Challenges: Danish Navy Corvette Encountering Issues with Radar, Artillery and Combat Management System During Overseas Mission

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

Iver Huitfeldt, a modern anti-aircraft defense corvette in the Danish navy, faced significant challenges during its 3-month mission in the Red Sea. The OLFI newspaper reported on an internal message from Lieutenant Colonel Sune Lund, commander of the ship, detailing problems experienced during the mission to protect maritime routes and respond to the Houthis.

The corvette encountered issues with its APAR radar and C-Flex combat management system, preventing it from firing long-range air defense missiles at critical moments. Additionally, some of its 76 mm artillery shells prematurely detonated after leaving the barrel, posing a significant safety threat to the ship and crew. In response to these issues, the Danish Ministry of Defense launched an investigation into Iver Huitfeldt’s combat activities in the Red Sea.

This incident is not unique as other European warships have also faced challenges in the Red Sea. For instance, 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 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 currently reviewing Iver Huitfeldt’s mission details while similar incidents involving European warships serving in the region raise concerns about advanced naval technology’s effectiveness and reliability in combat scenarios.

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