Naval Group delivers ARA Piedrabuena OPV to Argentine Navy

ARA Piedrabuena (Source: Naval Group)
ARA Piedrabuena (Source: Naval Group)

Naval Group delivered the ARA Piedrabuena, the second Argentine offshore patrol vessel (OPV 87), to the Argentine Navy in the presence of Captain Victor Ortiz, representative of the Argentine Navy in France, April 13.

The second Argentine offshore patrol vessel of the series offers the same assets and features as the first of the one, the A.R.A Bouchard, and some of its features have been upgraded to meet the Argentine Navy’s needs. The A.R.A Piedrabuena is better armed and motorized and equipped with an active stabilization system and a bow thruster. It is also ice proven, that is to say, adapted to navigation in the cold waters of Antarctica.

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ARA Piedrabuena (Source: Naval Group)

Argentine Navy OPV Program

The first ship, ARA Bouchard (formerly L’Adroit) is a patrol vessel designed by the French company DCNS for maritime protection missions. She was originally part of the Gowind family of corvettes and patrol vessels but the less military members of the family like Bouchard have been moved into the Kership consortium. The design was self-funded by DCNS without an initial customer and was initially leased to the French Navy as L’Adroit before being sold to the Argentine Navy in November 2018. The vessel was commissioned as ARA Bouchard in December 2019.

In February 2020, the Argentine Navy received the patrol vessel ARA “Bouchard” (P-51), formerly L’Adroit, which was the first of the four Gowind-class ships that will be incorporated by the Argentine Navy.

The other two remaining units, which are currently in different stages of construction, will be the ARA “Almirante Storni” (P-53) and ARA “Bartolomé Cordero” (P-54).

ARA Piedrabuena (P-52)

ARA Piedrabuena (P-52) is the second ship of Argentinian Gowind-class corvette of the Argentinian Navy. Piedrabuena was laid down in 2019 and launched on 1 October 2020 by DCNS in Lorient.

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ARA Piedrabuena (Source: Naval Group)

Technical characteristics 

The Offshore Patrol Vessel is able to stay on the high seas for more than three weeks, to attain a speed of 20 knots, and to accommodate a helicopter. Implemented by a reduced crew of forty members, it is also able to accommodate about twenty extra passengers.

  • Length: 87 meters  
  • Beam: 14 meters  
  • Displacement: 1,650 tons  
  • Max. speed: 20 knots  
  • Accommodation: 59 (crew and passengers)  
  • Endurance: > 7,000 nautical miles   
  • Boarding capacity: two light crafts of 9 meters and one 10 ton class helicopter 
  • Armament: Leonardo MARLIN-WS1 system (30 mm) and 2 x 12.7 mm machine guns.

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