Israel Shipyards launches new OPV for Cypriot Navy

Israel Shipyards has launched a new 62-meter offshore patrol vessel built for the Cypriot Navy.

The launch took place last week at the company’s shipyard in Haifa Bay in Israel.

The vessel will be used to protect the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“The project is of great importance for the company, and we invested our knowledge, experience and ingenuity in order to build and to supply this unique technologically advanced ship,” Avi Shahaf, CEO of Israel Shipyards, said at the ceremony. “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Cyprus Ministry of Defence for the trust they invested in Israel Shipyards in order to deliver this vessel.”

The OPV has a displacement of 430 tons and reaches a maximum speed of 32 knots. It carries up to 30 crew members plus a special forces unit.

The vessel features two Rafael Typhoon weapon stations, advanced radar, electro-optical payloads, communications systems including satellite communications, navigation systems and command and control systems.