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As Defence IQ prepares to return to Rio de Janeiro for the 2nd Annual Offshore Patrol Vessels & Surface Combatants Latin America conference this June, we cast our eye onto this important domain and the ripples being made on an international scale. Find out what’...
The rise in global demand for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) can be partly attributed to increased maritime activity, such as illegal offshore fishing and asset protection, while the market has also being bolstered by recent events, including the disappearance of flig...
The French Navy has commissioned its new DCNS funded Gowind-class Offshore Patrol Vessel to begin its three year evaluation period. The ship marks the first step in DCNS’s strategy to win a bigger contract with the French Navy, which should see it now deliver small...
The acquisition of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) by African states has attracted significant attention. But are such vessels truly the answer to Africa's issues? A series of questions must be asked to determine their suitability including what threat are they being u...
This year's OPVs and Surface Combatants Latin America 2015 event will explore partnership and business opportunities for global industry in the region. In particular, we shall examine topics intrinsic to the OPV and combat ship market such as shipbuilding capacity, sy...
With the steel cutting ceremony held at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in March, Fincantieri has officially begun the construction of the first Multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Ship (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura; PPA) for the Italian Navy.
Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are the fastest growing segment of the Naval Vessels Market. At least 22 countries are known to have a total of 120 OPVs on order and 28 countries plan for another 265 at a total value of over $57 billion. The total number of OPVs on ord...
In the face of budget limitations, there are two major challenges facing the Spanish Navy in the area of offshore patrol; namely, the improvement of the Recognised Maritime Picture and the early detection of illicit activity, both of which need to be achieved at minim...
Close to 15% of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves are believed to lie in the Arctic. With climate change making these natural resources more accessible, fears for future conflict in the region are well publicised. Territorial disputes between the USA, Canada, Russ...
At the start of the year, BAE Systems finalised an agreement with the Brazilian Navy to supply it with three Offshore Patrol Vessels at the cost of £133million. The contract includes a manufacturing license for the Brazilians to continue to build additional OPVs if it...
Every year, cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers skim the deep blue waves from Greenland’s National Park in the north east around Cape Farewell and all the way up to the Canadian Ellesmere Island in the northwest. The increasing number of passengers traveling...
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Defence IQ speaks to Captain Edward Lundquist to find out about how modularisation affects the design and through life of surface combatants. Defence IQ Captain Edward Lundquist, principal science writer at MCR Federal LLC, thank you for joining me today....
Africa’s share of global offshore patrol vessel (OPV) fleet ownership has increased from 5% to 7% over the last 12 months. Offshore patrol vessels are the fastest growing segment of the Naval Vessels Market. At least 22 countries are known to have a total of 120 OPVs...
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