Vard releases video of its new next-gen offshore patrol vessel

Vard Marine, a Fincantieri company, has published a video of its new next-generation VARD 7 125 offshore patrol vessel.

As revealed in the video, the vessel is equipped with advanced weapon systems including a 76 millimeter super rapid gun mount (SRGM) and features two 12.7 millimeters remotely controlled guns. The vessel will be also fitted with surface-to-surface missiles and ship-to-ship missile launchers.

This along with 360-degree electro-optical surveillance and missile warning system complement the weapon capabilities.

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The design of the 125-meter vessel is based on the Vard Series 7 OPV reference vessels. The unit, which can accommodate 150 people, can be tailored to a broad range of military and naval missions.

Recently, the company was awarded approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its Vard 7 125 OPV.

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Vard stressed that some of the vessel’s enhancements include an upgraded weapons and sensors package, and reduced acoustic, magnetic, and infrared signatures.

These come along with minimized radar cross-section, nuclear/biological/chemical defence, and improved damage control and survivability given compliance to military stability standards.

The vessel comes in two variants, as either a general-purpose (GP) or anti-submarine warfare (ASW) unit.

In September last year, Vard Marine secured AiP from classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for its 115-meter long next-generation OPV.

Photo: Vard Marine