By Arie Egozi
Israeli Shipyards has unveiled its new multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel, OPV-45.
The OPV-45 is designed for a wide range of Naval, para-military and HLS missions, and can carry a variety of payloads according to mission requirements.
According to the company, OPV-45 provides open sea patrol and surveillance as well as a wide variety of off-shore missions such as protecting facilities and EEZ, anti-terror/smuggling/illegal activities’ interdiction, intervention forces’ boarding/landing, and close-range Naval combat operations, including anti-piracy missions and enhanced search and rescue operations.
The OPV-45 can also be equipped for minimizing illegal immigration transits, fishing protection & control and anti-pollution activities.
Equipped with advanced weapon stations, electro-optics, radar and communication systems suitable for various missions, the OPV-45 has an overall length of 45.7m, a sustained speed of above 24 knots, and a command bridge enabling 360° observation.
For missions requiring high speed interception, the OPV-45 can carry a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) of 7.20m. The RHIB can quickly, easily and crane-free be launched or retrieved into and out of water, while the vessel is on the move. The OPV-45’s work deck is large enough to carry up to two 20ft containers equipped for various missions, which enables diversified and flexible operational options.
The OPV-45 accommodates a crew of 16-24, plus an additional space for up to 24 people for missions involving Special Forces, search and rescue.