VARD Marine press release
The design of the 125-meter vessel is based on the successful Vard Series 7 OPV reference vessels and can be tailored to a broad range of military and naval missions. Enhancements include an upgraded weapons and sensors package, reduced acoustic, magnetic, and infrared signatures, minimized radar cross-section, Nuclear/Biological/Chemical defence, and improved damage control and survivability are given compliance with military stability standards.
The vessel is offered as either a General Purpose (GP) or Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant. The vessel arrangement offers a multi-mission bay and a set-down area for containerized mission payloads, with a configuration that can be tailored to meet a variety of mission objectives.
LR is the first classification society to award AiP to the 125m offshore patrol vessel having completed an appraisal of the design, in accordance with the LR Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships. The vessel design carries LR notations ✠ 100A1 NS2 Offshore Patrol Vessel, SA1, ✠ LMC and PSMR*.
The application of LR’s Naval Ship Rules and INSA’s Naval Ship Code are industry benchmarks; receiving approval to these standards offers additional assurance that the vessel’s design is fit for purpose and safe.
“LR is delighted to have been selected as the first company to provide Approval in Principle for this vessel, the most modern variant of a very successful series of naval ships by Vard Marine. We have a longstanding working relationship with Vard and we are keen to continue supporting their growth and development”.
Kevin Humphreys, LR Americas Marine and Offshore President
“With our proven track record in the offshore patrol segment, and LR’s pedigree with naval programs, we are delighted to be working together in developing this enhanced product. We already have experience supporting many shipyards worldwide in constructing our offshore patrol vessel designs, so we are excited to now have an updated and enhanced design to support our customers and their evolving requirements with a highly capable yet cost-effective light-combatant naval solution.”
Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc.
About VARD 7 125 NGOPV
The VARD 7 125 NGOPV provides air, surface, and sub-surface surveillance and engagement capabilities consistent with robust OPV littoral, task group light escort, sovereignty, and constabulary roles, and includes an operations room accommodating up to 16 operator positions with a secure, segregated server room.
A rotating electronically scanned array of medium-range multi-mode radar supports situational awareness, early detection, tracking, and cueing of surface and air threats beyond the main gun and point defense missiles. This along with 360-degree electro-optical surveillance and missile warning systems complement the weapons capabilities – a 76 mm super-rapid gun system and SeaRAM. A fire control radar supports the main gun.
- Length Overall: 125 m
- Breadth: 17.4 m
- Design Draft: 4.4 m
- Max Speed: 23 knots
- Range: 8500 nautical miles at 14 knots
- Endurance: 60 days
- Crew: 150 people
- Compatible with The Cube™ Handling system