BAE Systems started construction of the UK’s final Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), dubbed HMS Trent. This vessel is considered a highly versatile and dynamic ship that is designed to perform management roles. These management roles include the Economic Exclusion Zone that has the provision of maritime security to coast to coastal areas.
The offshore ships are well designed for the export market including many of the foreign countries. Not only can this but they be customized to every customer’s need so that the offshore ships can abide by any standard.
According to BAE Systems, there are many functions to the Offshore Patrol Vessel. The 90 meter vessel is equipped with an air surveillance radar which can be used to detect low flying aircraft often used in smuggling operations. The ship’s rigid inflatable boat can be deployed swiftly from the davits for recovery and rescue operations and gives the ability to conduct sea boarding.
Its automated 30 mm small caliber gun system can engage fast inshore attack craft armed with short-range missiles, rockets, rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns or explosives, while 25 mm guns mounted port and starboard provide secondary armament to the vessel.
Featuring a 20 meter long flight deck, the 90 meter ship can land and fuel a medium-sized helicopter, up to 7 tons. It also provides ample deck space to up to six 20ft ISO containers for mission stores or humanitarian aid, with a 16 ton capacity crane enabling cargo to be easily discharged to a jetty.
So far there are three different types of programs that BAE System uses. There is the Brazil program, which BAE Systems works to supply the Brazilian Navy. There is the Thailand program, which is used to work with the Royal Thai Navy, and the United Kingdom program, which is used with the UK Royal Navy’s Class ships.
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