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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 15 | NOV 2015
Design: Al-Ofouq-class OPV
Singapore’s ST Marine will seek to put forward
a design based on the Fearless 75 platform and
probably similar to the Al-Ofouq-class OPV selected
The company confirmed with DTR that it will team with
an Australian yard to enable local construction.
- 1,250 tonnes
- 10.8m beam
- 25 knots
- 3,000nm at 16 knots
- 60 crew
Smaller and of less displacement than some other candidate OPV
designs, the modestly-sized flight deck can support operation of one
helicopter or one UAV. Unclear if flight deck is able to handle MRH90-
sized helicopters or if design features a hangar.
Intended to perform a range of maritime and homeland security missions
such as extended range surveillance patrols and enforcement.
Main armament is a 76mm naval gun, plus two 30mm stabilised gun
The baseline Fearless 75 design can be fitted with either waterjets or
Status: The Royal Navy of Oman accepted the first of four Al-Ofouq-class OPVs on 31 March 2015, with the second vessel delivered in
early September. The contract value is approximately AUD$874 million.
Design: Avante 2200
Navantia has revealed its hand early in the pre-CEP
process and indicated that it will look to offer a design
from its modular and scalable Avante family of steel
monohulls, most likely the Avante 2200 or Avante
3000 (see next entry).
- 2,370 tonnes
- 12.6m beam
- 23+ knots
- 5,000nm at 15 knots
- Designed to Germanischer
Lloyd – naval rules
Flight deck and hangar sized for MRH90.
Armament options include 35mm Millennium Gun, 76mm main gun and
Total of 93 accommodation spaces. Baseline design is capable of con-
figuration as OPV or corvette.
Mission set for Venezuelan Navy vessels includes maritime patrol, SAR
as well as anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.
Status: Four Avante 2200 (Guaiquerí-class) OPVs have been delivered to the Venezuelan Navy, the last commissioning in January 2012.
Design: Avante 3000
Sharing a hull-form with the Avante 1400 and Avante
2200 classes, the Avante 3000 is a more modular
design which permits a wider array of operational roles
from the one vessel class.
- 2,860 tonnes
- 14.2m beam
- 21 knots sustained
- 8,000nm at 15 knots
- 35 days endurance
- 35 crew
Of all-steel construction and with helicopter deck and hangar sized for
Spanish Navy BAM vessels have a 76mm naval gun as main armament
mounted immediately forward of the superstructure, supported by two
25mm stabilised naval gun mounts amidships. Able to transport up to 35
Poop deck and mission bay under flight deck can be used for storage of
containerised mission equipment or habitability modules.
Same diesel engines as Avante 1400 and Avante 2200 classes (MTU
16V-1163-TB73L) for commonality.
Can also be configured for hydrographic, diving support and intelligence
Status: Four Avante 3000/Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) in service with Spanish Navy, with another two currently under construction.
In July 2014, Spanish Cabinet approved the acquisition of two more BAM vessels to enter service in 2019, at a cost of €166.7 million
(AUD$256 million) each.
Design: 88.5m OPV
Derived from the larger Sirio-class OPV built by
Fincantieri for the Italian Navy, the design is the
subject of a 2007 contract for four vessels for the
Turkish Coast Guard and built by local yard RMK
- 12.2m beam
- 1,700 tonnes
- 22 knots
- 3,500nm at 14 knots
- 40mm deck gun and two
Flight deck designed to handle the 6 tonne AB-412EP helicopter with
accompanying hangar. Unclear if either will accommodate MRH90
Of conventional design with seemingly no mission bay for added
operational flexibility, which perhaps reflects its traditional patrol and
SAR function within the Turkish Coast Guard, where it can operate in
conditions of Sea State 5 and higher.
Status: Four vessels in service with the Turkish Coast Guard (Dost-class), the last commissioned in May 2014.
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