DGA Orders First of Six OPVs for the Maritime Gendarmerie
The DGA ordered from the SOCARENAM and CNN MCO consortium, on August 12, 2022, a new generation coastal patrol boat for the maritime gendarmerie.
The contract, for a maximum amount of 110 million euros, covers the development and production of a maximum of 6 patrol boats and maintenance services in operational condition.
The delivery of the first vessel, which will be built in Boulogne-sur-Mer, is scheduled for the second half of 2024 in Cherbourg. The 5 other patrol boats will be intended for mainland France (Cherbourg, Lorient and Toulon) as well as overseas (Pointe-à-Pitre and Papeete).
These multi-purpose patrol boats are intended to fulfill maritime safeguard missions (maritime defense of the territory (DMT) and State action at sea (AEM), in particular maritime security, fisheries police, intelligence of maritime interest and public order, detection of migratory flows).
Their missions involve numerous interventions with the dispatch of a control team on board the ships at sea. This is why they are equipped with a fast boat going up to 40 knots.
The patrol boats are buildings with a displacement of approximately 350 tonnes loaded, for a speed of up to 21 knots, with a daily capacity of 25 people (including 15 crew members).
These vessels, 46 m long, must be able to carry out 7-day missions with 15 people without refueling and must be able to navigate 180 days at sea per year. In line with their missions, their armament is based on MAG58 machine guns and a 12.7 mm machine gun.
These vessels will be the first French Navy vessels to have smoke treatment systems, reducing their nitrogen oxide emission rate.