Naval Group Prepares ex-French OPV for Argentinian Navy

Photo Courtesy : Defesa Aérea&Naval

According to the Argentine Navy, the former French National Navy OPV L’Adroit (P 725) is on the dry dock in Toulon, where the Naval Group is conducting the General Maintenance Period (PMG). After finalizing the PMG, she will be delivered to Argentina and will be named as ARA Bouchard.

The deal involves Gowind Class OPV L’Adroit (P 725) and three new ships. As the modern OPV-90 can fulfill a range of maritime surveillance and patrol missions. She will provide ARA with a large patrol capability and also can be deployed at Argentina’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in order to protect its jurisdictional waters from illegal fishing and against others. 

Gowind Class Specifications:

The 360° panoramic bridge and the integrated mast give Gowind Class’ crew reliable information acquisition resources. The minimal superstructure of the ship leaves a substantial space available for air operations (helicopters, UAVs) and for launch and recovery of surface assets (RHIBs or USVs). This ship’s missions are managed by the POLARIS combat system, which supplies essential detailed information on the ship’s environment, acquired by various detectors, deployed sensors and other ships integrated into the surveillance network. The mission system can also include MATRICS, a maritime surveillance system capable of detecting suspicious course profiles automatically.

Displacement1,450 t (1,450 t) (full load)
Length87 m (285 ft)
Beam11 m (36 ft)
Draft3.3 m (11 ft)
Speed21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Boats2 × 9 m (30 ft) RHIBs
Sensors and
processing systems
  • DCNS Polaris combat management system
  • Terma Scanter 6002 I-Band surface search radar
  • Terma Scanter 4102 I-Band air and surface search radar
  • Sagem EOMS (Electro Optical Multisensor System) NG
  • Sagem SIGMA 40D Inertial measurement unit
  • LinkSrechts Helicopter visual landing aid system
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • Thales Altesse & Vigile LW ESM/COMINT system
  • Lacroix Defense & Security Sylena decoy system
  • 1 × 20 mm cannon
  • 2 × .50-cal machine guns
In service2012-present

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