Mozambique has ordered three additional HS132 interceptor vessels to the existing order of three ocean eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessels and three HS132 interceptors ordered in September 2013 from CMN, a French shipyard.
Meanwhile, the first Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessel has been launched by the French Shipyard Thursday.
The vessel emerged from the workshop at CMN’s facility in Cherbourg on January 20, with the launch taking place two days later, according to Mer et Marine. After the launch, sea trials will commence in February ahead of delivery in the coming months.
The hull arrived in Cherbourg on September 24 for outfitting of engines and equipment. The hull was built by H2X Shipyard at La Ciotat, France. The other two hulls are under construction, with one delivered to CMN in December 2014 and the other scheduled for arrival early this year.
The Ocean Eagle 43 patrol vessel features an innovative trimaran design ideal for shallow waters. The model has a top speed of 30 knots and a range of 3 000 miles at 20 knots or 5 000 miles at 12 knots. Crew complement is seven, but another eight people can be accommodated aboard. A small helipad can accommodate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Schiebel Camcopter while a seven metre rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) can be launched from a ramp at the back of the vessel. Weapons options include a 20 or 30 mm cannon above the bridge and two 12.7 mm machineguns at the stern.
CMN has confirmed that the first 3 HSI32 will be delivered from Cherbourg in early summer 2015. The 3 new HSI32 will be delivered from December 2015 with a rate of one ship every 2 months.
The HSI32 is designed to meet the needs of modern Navies and Coast Guards. The HSI32 is a fast interceptor which combines significant intelligence and surveillance capacities with high speed (45 knots) and extended patrol period of 3 days.
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