Senegal orders three OPV offshore patrol vessels from France
It has been announced that the Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and French shipbuilder PIRIOU signed a procurement contract for three OPV 58 S for the Navy of Senegal.
Construction of the three vessels will start in early 2020 while their delivery is set to take place by mid-2023. The vessels will be used for surveillance, interception and security missions.
The vessels will be armed with four anti-ship missiles (Marte Mk 2Ns) and the MBDA SIMBAD-RC air defence system with two Mistral 3 surface-to-air missiles, along with a 76 mm gun and possibly two 20 mm Narwhal cannons, although this is not confirmed. France’s Naval Group will supply the combat management system (POLARIS).
According to Defenceweb's news, the new vessels are part of Senegal’s plan to renew its naval fleet and allow the maritime arm of service to carry out missions such as fisheries inspection, fighting drug trafficking and piracy. Senegal’s navy is tasked with patrolling 700 kilometres of coastline and 159 000 square kilometres of exclusive economic zone.
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