Sea Platforms

Israel Shipyards sells OPV 45s, in talks for Sa’ar S-72

27 September 2019

A nearly complete Shaldag fast patrol craft that Israel Shipyards is building for an African country. Source: IHS Markit/Dan Wasserbly

Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa'ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Katsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards.

The Sa'ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne displacement, and a 30 kt top speed. Contract talks are ongoing with one country, and one Sa'ar S-72 has begun construction in the meantime, Katsav said.

In September Israel Shipyards has sold two OPV 45s, which are 45.7 m long, have a 3,000 n mile range, a 290 tonne displacement, and a 24 kt top speed. The yard will start building those soon, he added. The OPV 45 is driven by fixed-pitch propellers and the power plants depend on the customer's needs. It can mount stabilised naval gun systems of up to 30 mm in the primary position, and 12.7 mm machine guns.

Meanwhile, the yard is building more of its Shaldag fast patrol craft. Shaldag variants - Mk II, III, IV, and V - are broken down by size to meet user-specific needs. The Israeli Navy, for example, typically wants small and fast vessels that can be operated by younger sailors.

So far 33 Shaldags have been sold around the world. According to a briefing presented by Katsav, the Mk II, which is used in Africa and South America, is 25.3 m long, has a 650 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces about 58 tonnes; the Mk III, which is used by the Israeli Navy, is 26.3 m long, has a 700 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces about 72 tonnes; the Mk IV, which is used by Romanian police, is 26.3 m long, has a 700 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces 72 tonnes; and the Mk V, which is used in Eastern Europe, is 32.6 m long, has a 1,000 n mile range, 40 kt top speed, displaces 95 tonnes.

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