SHAH ALAM: Singapore Defence Ministry on November 20 announced it has signed a contract with German shipbuilder, Fassmer to acquire four OPVs to replace the existing Sentinel-class maritime security vessels.
It said the ships are based on a proven OPV design by the German Federal police. The German Federal Police operates three 86-meter OPVs, Potsdam (BP81), Bamberg (BP82) and Bad Düben (BP83).
The OPVs feature a flight deck that accommodate the Super Puma medium helicopter and have enough storage space for five mission containers. They can also launch and recover two interceptor boats. The ships are armed with a 57mm main gun and machine guns.
Release from Singapore Mindef:
MINDEF has signed a contract with Fr. Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG (Fassmer) to acquire four new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to replace the existing Sentinel-class Maritime Security Response Vessels (MSRVs).
The ships are based on a proven OPV design operated by the German Bundespolizei (Federal Police), and are designed with high manoeuvrability to operate in Singapore’s congested waters, and equipped with a suite of lethal and less-lethal capabilities to provide flexibility and calibrated response against a wide spectrum of maritime threats.
The four OPVs will be delivered progressively from 2028 onwards. The MSRVs will remain in operational service until the OPVs are delivered and operationalised.
The release did not say whether the ships will be built in Singapore or Germany. The latter is more likely at least for the first vessel. It also did not say whether the ships will be armed be armed but as RSN has standardised to the Oto-Melara 76mm gun, it is likely to be preferred instead of the 57mm as used by the Germans. It must be noted that Fassmer also has drawing of a heavily armed OPV – equipped with missiles – on its website.
MMEA operates the Bagan Datuk class NGPC, a design derived from Fassmer. A 80 meter design from Fassmer was also offered for the MMEA OPV project but it lost out to the Damen design. MMEA had also specified a Fassmer design mother-ship but the tender got the cancelled.
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