Argentine navy second cutting-edge OPV, launched in France — MercoPress

OPV 87 Argentine Offshore Patrol Vessel ARA Piedrabuena. (Picture source Naval Group)

Argentine navy second cutting-edge OPV, launched in France

Monday, October fifth 2020 – 09:30 UTC

OPV 87 Argentine Offshore Patrol Vessel ARA Piedrabuena. (Picture source Naval Group)
OPV 87 Argentine Offshore Patrol Vessel ARA Piedrabuena. (Image supply Naval Group)

The Argentine navy second Ocean Patrol Vessel, OPV, named ARA Piedrabuena was launched final week in Piriou’s shipyards in Concarneau, France. That is the second of 4 OPVs acquired by the Argentine navy.

Signed on June 22nd, 2018 in Buenos Aires, the contract for the supply of 4 multi-mission ocean patrol vessels for the Argentine Navy got here into pressure on February 13th, 2019. This contract covers the supply of L’Adroit – a vessel commissioned on the finish of 2011 and operated by the French Navy earlier than being modernized to change into the A.R.A. Bouchard – in addition to the development of three new models with an enhanced design (generally known as OPV 87). The three new vessels are specifically tailored to navigation in iced waters of the Southern Ocean, by reinforcement of their construction.

Naval Group is the Prime Contractor, in control of the Program Administration and the connection with Argentina, of the overall design work of the armed vessel in addition to of all of the research, growth and integration of the Polaris fight system.

”This venture is a good delight for the Naval Group groups. We’re happy with the profitable collaboration with Piriou. This OPV meets all of the expectations of the Argentine Navy. Her design has been particularly tailored for the navigation within the Southern Ocean.”, defined Olivier Michel, Naval Group Gross sales Vice-president for Latin America.

Concerned in a number of navy operations but additionally fisheries coverage and maritime safety missions, the Naval Group OPV’s design demonstrated its effectivity and the relevance of the improvements developed by Naval Group to serve navies and particular forces.

The Argentine navy OPVs profit from the improvements proposed by Naval Group and the sea-proven design operated by the French Navy, amongst which, a robust endurance and a very good sea-worthiness; a 360° visibility from the bridge and a singular mast for a panoramic radar protection; the discrete and protected implementation in lower than 5 minutes of quick crafts for Particular Forces due to an ingenious ramp system on the rear of the patroller;

This vary of ships additionally advantages from Naval Group experience when it comes to info and commandment programs, permitting prolonged surveillance of the maritime area and the automated detection of suspect behaviors due to the Polaris, a system particularly developed by Naval Group for state missions at sea that’s sea-proven by the French Navy.

The Offshore Patrol Vessel is ready to keep at sea for greater than three weeks, to succeed in a pace of 20 knots and to accommodate a helicopter in its hangar. Operated by a decreased crew of forty members, she can be capable of accommodate additional passengers.

Specifics, Size: 87 meters; Beam: 14 meters; Displacement: 1,650 tons; Max. pace: 20 knots; Lodging: 59 (crew and passengers); Endurance: 7,000 nautical miles; Housing capability: two gentle crafts of 9 meters and one 5-ton class helicopter.

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