Naval Group to Design Future French Navy OPVs

The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) notified Naval Group on October 5, 2021 of the contract relating to the preliminary and detailed design of the Oceanic Patroller (PO) program.

This notification follows on from the signing of the framework agreement carried by the DGA on October 23, 2020 for the study, development, construction and maintenance in initial operational condition of ten oceanic patrol vessels for the French Navy.

Naval Group had been notified of a first value analysis contract, approved by the DGA on June 23, 2021. The company is now notified of a second relative contract for this one in the preliminary design and detail of the Oceanic Patrollers. Another contract should then be notified to Naval Group for a ship completion monitoring service.

The objective of the Oceanic Patrollers program is to renew the patrol boats stationed in metropolitan France, namely the high seas patrol boats (former A69 notices) based in Brest and Toulon, and the public service patrol boats based in Cherbourg. These oceanic patrollers will have the mission of supporting deterrence, autonomous assessment of the situation in areas of sovereignty or interest, escort, evacuation of nationals, sovereignty and protection of national interests in maritime approaches. .

This program is part of an innovative industrial plan involving in collaboration with entities from civil and military circles. Naval Group, as the overall architect of the project, is in charge of the design of these vessels. The General Directorate of Armaments will then entrust the realization to all or part of the production sites awarded the framework agreement for deliveries between 2025 and 2029.

Naval Group is pleased with the launch of this second phase of the Oceanic Patroller program and declares: “Faced with the increase in maritime traffic and the proliferation of threats at sea, Naval Group is proud to contribute to the renewal of French naval capabilities by designing ships. multi-missions offering real operational superiority to the French Navy with a better situational awareness capacity than the patrol boats currently in service. “

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