Argentina signed a EUR280 million (USD324 million) contract on 22 June to acquire four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from France, an Argentine Navy high-ranking source has told Jane’s .
The contract signed by the Navy Material General Directorate (DGMM) and French shipbuilder Naval Group is in accordance with a government-to-government agreement resulting from an international tender, the source said.
The contract includes the ship FS L'Adroit (P725), which was self-funded by Naval Group and has been serving with the French Navy since 2011. Delivery of the ship to Argentina is planned for 2019. Three OPV-87 vessels, which are 87 m long and displace 1,650 tons, are also part of the deal, with two to be delivered in 2021 and one in 2022.
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