The government of Argentina has approved the contract to purchase four Gowind-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) 87s from French shipbuilder DCNS for a total of EUR319 million (USD363 million).
The purchase includes the already built L’Adroit , which in 2016 visited the region on a marketing trip, and three new vessels.
L’Adroit, launched in 2011, will undergo maintenance and will receive some modifications prior to delivery to Argentina in 2019. The acquisition will be equally financed by three institutions: the French Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis SA also from France, and the Spanish bank Banco Santander SA.
The four OPVs will reinforce a diminished force that has suffered many financial and operational constraints during the past decades.
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