OPV Gowind® L'Adroit

This “logbook” is dedicated to the Gowind OPV L’Adroit, the first offshore patrol vessel ever built by DCNS, will be updated every week with expert contributions or short features on key moments of L’Adroit’s lifecycle. At the very peak of naval defense innovation, the Gowind OPV provides a high level response to the new challenges met by navies around the world.

DCNS & TERMA associent leurs expertises pour décupler les capacités opérationnelles de L’Adroit

Designed and built by DCNS in less than 24 months, if the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit is a major industrial and technological achievement, Terma also made a commitment to deliver an affordable but highly capable radar package to DCNS within a very short timeframe. As a selected partner for the programme, the company installed its surveillance radars on board L’Adroit. From that time, the two SCANTER systems are used in operational conditions, providing the ship with a comprehensive situational awareness capability.

The SCANTER radars, sharing a single 10 ft high gain antenna mounted inside the single integrated mast, deliver complementary capabilities to ensure gapless surface and air coverage:

  • the TWT-based SCANTER 4102 provides excellent medium range surveillance in both the air and surface channels, with the capability to track large aircraft at ranges out to 80-90 nautical miles;
  • while the solid-state SCANTER 6002 performs near, low air and surface surveillance to support navigation, helicopter control, search and rescue, or surface vessel interdiction.

Developed by DCNS, the single integrated mast equipped by the two radars is one of the most significant innovations of the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit. Its see-through composite cone provides the sensors with an optimal visibility and multiplies the ship‘s operational capabilities.

Terma’s preferred position on board L’Adroit reflects the continuing strong relationship between the company and DCNS, which goes back to the supply of the SCANTER 2001 radar for the Project Delta export frigate programme. SCANTER 2001 has also been specified for the new Aquitaine class FREMM multi-mission frigates being built by DCNS for the French Navy.


Report by Bob Johnston, impressed by the stability of L’Adroit Using the occasion of the transit between Cape Town and Simon’s Town, the reporter Bob Johnston took on board L’Adroit, the first OPV of the Gowind® range. An impressive moment...

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The single mast of the L’Adroit in sea state 7 The single mast is one of the innovations of the L’Adroit that demonstrate the ability of DCNS to meet the specific needs of navies with equipment providing optimised performance and...

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DCNS & TERMA associent leurs expertises pour décupler les capacités opérationnelles de L’Adroit Designed and built by DCNS in less than 24 months, if the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit is a major industrial and technological achievement, Terma also made a commitment to deliver an...

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DCNS promots Gowind® OPVs in South Africa The Gowind® OPV L’Adroit arrived at Cape Town from Dakar on 5 September after a passage lasting nearly three weeks in some difficult weather conditions. Ship and crew crossed very...

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