Offshore Patrol Cutter
The DCNS OPC provides an effective response to the specific naval requirement of a long range law enforcement capability at sea.
Surveillance of the exclusive economic zone and open seas calls for a resilient platform capable to carrying out a wide range of seagoing activities in times of peace, and provide an efficient response to threats in times of crisis: protection of vital interests, ports, waterways, and coastal security, search and rescue, drug interdiction, migrant interdiction, living marine resource protection.
Capable of rapid intervention within the framework of national or international operations, the OPC distinguish herself from ships of comparable class: the quick launch and recovery of two commando crafts at the stern ramps, 360° new generation panoramic bridge, architectural and weapons systems tailored to asymmetrical threats, flexible mission system integrated to a maritime security network, a provision for the launch of unmanned aerial and surface vehicles.
As such, the OPC offers a wealth of decisive advantages for countries that give priority status to the protection of their maritime interests and national security.
The OPC takes of the DCNS legacy in the field of the large surface naval vessels.
The DCNS OPC is a high performance vessel thanks to the following key drivers:
-Large endurance for long range patrols
– Excellent seakeeping to perform RHIBs and helicopter and UAVs operations in rough conditions
– Efficient propulsion system
– Optimized sensor coverage thanks to its single mast which also minimizes potential interaction between combat system items
– A growth potential to further integrate UxVs
– Easy supportability
– Eco friendly ship