The 2200 FPB, designed and built by Couach, will carry out missions to protect sensitive infrastructure, protect maritime borders and fight piracy and smuggling, once accepted by the customer. The first ship will soon be delivered while the second one is about to be launched. Five boats are currently in production at the shipyard located in South Western France.
The 2200 FPB is 22.35 meters long, 5.6 meters wide and has a draft of less than 1 meter. It can reach a top speed of 30 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots. Its a range is 600 nautical miles at 28 knots. Despite its relatively small size, the patrol boat is fitted with a wide range of weapons and sensors: The ship is equipped with two remote weapons stations by Dynateq (20 mm forward and 12.7 mm aft). A multiple rocket launchers by LIG Nex1 is also fitted at the stern. The combat management system is provided by Nexeya and the communication suite by Thales.
Since the start of construction in 2020, Couach has managed to keep the program’s projected schedule despite the effects of the Covid-19 health crisis, thanks to the commitment of all its teams. The production rate will soon reach its objective of one ship per month, with the last ship scheduled for delivery in early 2023. Chantier Naval Couach is also in charge of the support of the vessels and crew training.
Couach Commercial Director Alexis Philandrianos explained that Couach specializes in both yachts and military vessels, which brings some key advantages:
“Duality is interesting in many areas such as noise management, which is a very important factor aboard yachts and our military customers benefit from Couach’s experience in this field. Customization as well: Each one of our yachts are one off ships. We are used to accommodate customers requests in the finest details and this know-how usually benefits our military customers too”
In the Middle East region, Couach also recently delivered some fast interceptor craft to the Royal Navy of Oman.