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).