Israel Shipyards – one of the largest private shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean – announced that after several months of construction, the OPV S-45 has been launched at the Israeli shipyard and sets sail for the first time.
“We are excited and proud to launch another tailored-made, multi-mission vessel made by our experts and devoted employees who empowers our vessels into future solutions. After several months of construction at our facilities the OPV S-45 was launched and sets sail for the first time. The S-45 is cost-effective OPV, designed for coastal protection, as well as drilling rigs, and offshore facilities protection.”
In July 2020, the company announced an agreement with an African navy for the supply of two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels, which would be designed for a wide range of missions, including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region. Naval News believes the customer is the navy of Senegal which is an historic user of vessels produced by Israel Shipyards.
About Israel Shipyards’ OPV 45
The OPV 45 was unveiled last year during IMDEX Asia. provides open sea patrol and surveillance as well as a wide verity 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.
Installed 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.
Our video interview on the OPV 45 during IMDEX Asia 2019: