MBDA to Equip Senegalese Navy OPV 58 S Offshore Patrol Vessels with MARTE MK2/N, MISTRAL Missiles

MBDA will supply MARTE MK2/N anti-ship missiles, SIMBAD-RC system and MISTRAL missiles for Senegalese Navy’s new OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels, the company announced.

The MARTE MK2/N anti-ship missiles (AShMs) has the ability to strike at ranges in excess of 30 kilometres and is equipped with fire-and-forget capability. These missiles will provide the means to the Senegalese Navy to enforce their maritime superiority.

The SIMBAD-RC air defence system and its MISTRAL missiles provide an extremely effective defence capability against all threats including anti-ship missiles, combat aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, as well as small surface threats such as those presented by fast inshore attack craft (FIAC).

The contract for the three OPV 58 S OPVs was signed in November 2019 by the Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and French shipbuilder PIRIOU Group.

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The construction of the first OPV began at Piriou’s shipyard in Concarneau, France on Oct. 21, 2020. The building programme of these three patrol vessels is carried out with the support and expertise of PIRIOU’s subsidiary KERSHIP and will spread over a period of 44 months up to summer 2024. It also provides for a support period of several years in Senegal.

The OPV 58 S (Offshore Patrol Vessel) is a robust 62 m patrol vessel with outstanding versatility and high endurance. The OPV 58 S is dedicated to missions such as surveillance, identification and intervention, and perfectly answers the range of missions related to law enforcement. In addition to her deployment ability – intervention RHIBs – she possesses a first rank deterrence capacity thanks to her anti-surface and anti-aircraft weapon systems.

General characteristics of OPV 58 S:

• Length overall 62.2 m
• Breadth 9.5 m
• Draught (approx.) 3 m
• Speed 21 kn
• Range 21 days, 4 500 NM @ à 12 kn
• Hull / superstructure steel / aluminium
• Accommodation 48 including 24 crew and 24 special personnel
• Intervention 2 RHIBs on stern ramps
• Containers capacity 2 x 20’

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