The South African defence procurement organisation Armscor has ordered three 62 m inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) from Damen Shipyards Cape Town, it was announced on 26 February.
The Damen Shipyards Group did not say when its South African subsidiary would deliver the vessels, but noted that they would have the Sea Axe hull design and released a computer-generated image of a Stan Patrol 6211 sailing off Cape Town.
Damen said the Sea Axe hull improves seakeeping performance and fuel efficiency. It lists the Stan Patrol 6211 as having a maximum speed of 26.5 kt, a range of 4,000 n miles, and a crew of up to 62.
The IPVs were ordered for the South African Navy as part of Project Biro, which saw Armscor releasing requests for proposals (RFPs) for three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and three IPVs in December 2014.
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