Patrol vessel modularity and the evolution of the platform

Patrol vessel modularity and the evolution of the platform

Lead partner Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz had the opportunity to interview Admiral Teodoro López, Chief of Staff, Spanish Navy and Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Chairman of the conference ahead of this year’s OPV International. They discuss the versatility that OPVs offer to the maritime community and the need to collaborate with industry in order to design and develop the right capabilities for current and future missions

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This speaker report is divided into two parts:

  • PART ONE - Adapting to the evolving scenarios and the need to design OPVs for the whole life cycle with Admiral Teodoro López
  • PART TWO - Industry 4.0 and implementing new technologies into OPV design and development with Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Key benefits of downloading this speaker report:

  • Gain insight into the current use of OPVs by the Spanish Navy
  • Understand how OPV design and development will be enhanced through collaboration between the naval community and industry
  • Learn how Spain is preparing for the fast-changing operating environment and threats

Read below a preview of the piece:

How is OPV design evolving, is it keeping pace with naval operational concepts and how can industry improve its efforts to be aligned with end user requirements? 

Admiral Teodoro López: The evolution of OPV design needs to keep pace with naval operational concepts. For this purpose, it is crucial that industry and client Navy keep a fluid and constant communication from the first stage of the programme, the conceptual phase, in order to gather the operational requirements so that they can be implemented as necessary. We can consider this requirement from a twofold point of view: the adaptation to the evolving scenarios and the necessity to design for the whole life cycle. 

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero: The threats and missions that navies must face today are changing very fast. Same as new technologies are giving us tools and services completely different to the ones we were using yesterday. On that way I believe that future vessels designs will face two very different approaches. For those facing “battle” missions there will be a lot of unmanned options leading the design. On the other hand, for those dealing with missions in which humans must interact with humans the design will be very different. In this last group is where I see the future of OPV. 

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