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Senegal Orders 3 Offshore Patrol Vessels From French Shipyard Piriou

Senegal Orders 3 Offshore Patrol Vessels From French Shipyard Piriou
The Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and French shipbuilder PIRIOU signed November 17 a procurement contract for three OPV 58 S for the Navy of Senegal. The vessels will be fitted with missile systems, a first for this African navy.

Construction of the three vessels will start in early 2020 while their delivery is set to take place by mid-2023. The contract also includes follow on support which will be conducted at the local site of PIRIOU NGOM SENEGAL.

The “OPV 58 S” is a robust and versatile 62 meters patrol vessel dedicated to surveillance, identification and intervention missions. In addition to its projection capabilities (commando RHIB), it has a first-rate deterrent capability through its anti-surface warfare and anti-aircraft weapons systems.

Among the ship’s major innovations and capabilities are:

• a very versatile design to configure the ship depending on the missions

• a large 360 ° panoramic bridge

• a rapid launch and recovery system at the stern for 2 RHIBs

• a C-Sharp hull form providing optimized range and sea-keeping

OPV 58 S main specifications


Length: 62.20 meters

Width: 9.50 meters

Draft: 2.90 meters

Speed: 21 knots

Range / Endurance: 25 days, 4,500 nautical miles @ 12 knots

Hull / Structure: Steel / Aluminum

Accommodations: 48 (24 crew + 24 mission personnel)

Stern ramp for two RHIBs

Based on the images, the OPV 58 S will be fitted with missile systems, a first for both the Senegalese Navy and the Piriou shipyard. The weapons suite of the OPV 58 S appears to consist of:

A 76mm main gun by Leonardo

4x anti-ship missiles placed forward (likely Marte by MBDA)

2x 12.7mm manned manchine guns on the bridge wings

2x 20mm remote weapon stations (Narwhal by Nexter) at the back of the bridge

A SIMBAD-RC surface to air system by MBDA (maybe in its SPIMM containerized variant).


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