Israel Shipyards Ltd., a leading shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets, launched a new Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV). Israel Shipyards used the naval architecture of the Nirit Class SAAR 4.5 as a base design to produce a special OPV, loaded with the firepower of larger Naval vessels – for less cost. This sleek OPV is equipped with highly advanced weapons systems, produced by world-recognized Israeli designers.
Becoming one of the best-known ISL vessels, the SAAR 4.5-based OPV was chosen to secure the extensive waterways around Greece during the 2004 World Olympics. One of its many advantages is a weapon-carrying capacity equal to larger, more costly vessels. The seagoing power of the Israel Shipyards OPV was further enhanced with optional helicopter carrying capability. This innovation has proven itself in the deployment of rapid-response units to security incidents occurring at sea, in all weather conditions.
Based on SAAR 4.5 Missile Corvette design.
Weapon-carrying capacity equal to much larger vessels.
Performs a wide range of coastal defense, security and law-enforcement missions:
Open sea patrol and surveillance
Interception of terrorist, smuggling or illegal activities
Protection of off-shore facilities
Fishing restriction control
Support of boarding, landing and intervention forces
Search & Rescue operations
Anti-pollution and environmental monitoring
Participation in naval combat operations.
Launch and recovery of light marine helicopters
The OPV can accommodate a variety of advanced weapon configurations including a remotely controlled naval gun, 2 x 0.5″ / 7.62 mm stabilized gun mounts, a Command and Control system, and Search Radar. It can also support the most advanced day and night vision systems, ARPA Navigation Radar, ECDIS, and, optionally, medium-range missiles. The new OPV has a displacement of 430 tons, an overall length of 62 meters, a maximum speed of 32 knots, and carries up to 30 crewmembers plus a Special Forces unit. The OPV is certified by Lloyd’s and complies with international regulations regarding stability, hull construction, navigation systems, etc.
Purchase of an OPV from Israel Shipyards includes crew training, maintenance training and guide books, maintenance support, documentation and operating instructions.