Australia launches the company to build the Arafura class patrol boats

The Australian Ministry of Defense has officially commissioned the company to build and support the life cycle of the Arafura-class high altitude patrol boats, a design by the German naval company Lürssen that will be built in two shipyards in the country.

As announced by the Australian Department of Defense on March 5, Defensam Secretary Greg Moriarty, along with a large number of senior officials from that body, attended the presentation of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of the? “Arafura” class, destined for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

At the same time, the offices of the OPV program at Henderson Shipbuilding Plant (Perth) were inaugurated. In addition to the construction of most of the high-altitude patrol boats, this facility also maintains the latest generation of ships based on the Lürssen OPV-80 design. It’s great to see that the Commonwealth’s shipbuilding and maintenance staff (in terms of RAN staff) and industry partners are together: Luerssen Australia (subsidiary Lürssen), CIVMEC and Raytheon deliver results for our RAN? Shipbuilding Tony Dalton.

“The launch is a critical step towards the implementation of the Galileo Plan, an ambitious future maritime sustainability model that will ensure our sustainability organization works with procurement teams in the early stages of the construction process,” said Rear Admiral of the RAN Malcolm.

The Arafura-class OPVs, which will replace the Armidale-class patrol boats, and “Cape” will be the main asset of the Australian armed forces for patrol and response tasks at sea and will mainly carry out maritime police missions.

This design, which meets the demanding specifications of the RAN, is based on Lürssen’s OPV-80 design, which was the winner of the competition opened by Australia to equip its Royal Australian Navy with ships in this segment, which was officially announced in November 2017 has been. The Australian program, named SEA 1180, includes a dozen units based on the aforementioned OPV-80, as well as two Counter-Mine Media (MCM) based on the same platform and a contract worth approximately $ 4,000 million Dollars (approx. 2.6 billion euros). Lürssen does the engineering and construction work, although the shipbuilding and maintenance will be done entirely in Australia.

The first two units are currently under construction after laying the keels on May 10, 2019 of the Arafura, which also names its class, and on April 9, 2020 the second unit is under construction at ASC Shipbuilding’s facility in Adelaide, South Australia. The remainder of the project will be carried out in parallel and later in Western Australia in Henderson through the new joint venture that will produce the remaining ten IPOs.

The IPOs ?? Arafura ?? They are 80 meters long, 13 meters wide and have a displacement of 1,640 tons. They cannot be operated with helicopters but with a remote air system or remote controlled aircraft systems (RPAS). (Julio Maíz Sanz).

Photo: Lürssen Arafura-class patrol boat infographic

Presentation of the company OPV ?? Arafura ?? In Henderson in the center (with red tie and stripe) is Australian Defense Secretary Greg Moriarty. (DD photo from Australia).

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