The fourth and last Argentine offshore patrol boat type OPV 87, the A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero, was delivered today to the Argentine Navy by teams from Naval Group and Kership, a joint subsidiary of Piriou and Naval Group. The ceremony of handing over and taking command of the last ship in the series marks the completion of a successful program.
The delivery of the OPV A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero took place today in Concarneau in presence of Francisco Cafiero, Secretary for International Defense Affairs at the Argentine Defense Minister, Vice Admiral Enrique Antonio Traina, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Argentine Navy and Alain Guillou, Deputy General Manager of Naval Group in charge of Development. It is part of the contract signed by Naval Group with Argentina in 2019 for the supply of four Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV – “Patrulleros Oceánicos Multipropósito” in Spanish).
The A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero is the last ship in the series and its delivery marks the success of a program that met all its deadlines: the A.R.A. Bouchard (ex-L’Adroit) had been delivered in December 2019 two months ahead of the initial schedule, and the second and third offshore patrol boats A.R.A Piedrabuena and A.R.A Storni were delivered in April respectively and October 2021, in accordance with the initial schedule.
This success was made possible by the close collaboration between Naval Group, Kership and Piriou, which have worked hand in hand with the Argentine Navy. The excellent overall satisfaction rate of the customer measured at 97%, confirms the excellent progress of this program.
Captain Santiago Villemur, head of the Argentine inspection commission in France, commented: “We are aware that delivering 4 ships in 3 years, training the crews and providing the associated logistical services was a real challenge. Our thanks and our gratitude go to all the women and men of Naval Group and its industrial partners who worked tirelessly to achieve this feat. These ships are already contributing to the defense of the sovereign interests of Argentina by allowing the Argentine Armada to carry out its missions at sea.”
Stéphanie Giroud, program director, added: “It is with pride and emotion that we deliver today on the exact date stipulated in the contract the last patrol boat of the series to Argentina and witness for the fourth time the raising of the Argentinian flag in Brittany. The success of this project is collective and is due to the excellent relationship established with the Argentine Armada, which has by his high standards and his trust, motivating our teams to meet the expectations of the customer. It is also the result of the success of a constructive and innovative industrial partnership between the Naval Group, Kership and Piriou teams.
The OPV 87, an innovative vessel proven at sea Argentinian offshore patrol boats benefit from the innovations developed by Naval Group and tested by the French Navy, which has deployed L’Adroit on several oceans for six years for multiple maritime security operations, alone or in cooperation. The three patrol boats in the series made in Concarneau offer the same advantages and characteristics as those of the first of the series, the A.R.A. Bouchard. Several developments have been integrated to meet closer to the needs of the Argentine Navy. Better armed, more motorized, equipped with a active stabilization system and a bow thruster, they are also suitable for navigation in the cold waters of Antarctica (“ice proven”).
They thus offer:
Very high endurance and excellent seakeeping;
360° visibility from the bridge and a single mast for coverage panoramic of the sensors;
The rapid, safe and discreet implementation of intervention boats launched by a double system of ramps at the stern of the patrol boat.
This range of ships also benefits from Naval Group’s expertise in systems of information and command, thus allowing extensive surveillance of space shipping and the detection of suspicious behavior. The A.R.A. Contra-almirante Cordero is like this equipped with Polaris® Mission System and NiDL® Tactical Data Link, both specifically developed by Naval Group for State action missions at sea and validated by the Navy.