Wednesday, January 16, 2013

L'Adroit will go to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf region

The Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit experimentation, the Navy should leave Toulon in the next few days to set sail for the eastern Mediterranean. From there, he will win via the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. PHE should indeed be presented at fairs military IDEX / NAVDEX, held in Abu Dhabi from 17 to 21 February. This will stop sounding commercial DCNS, which has made equity L'Adroit prototype of its new range of offshore patrol vessels (OPV) family Gowind to present the building to its potential customers, as was already the case last summer in South Africa.

Made available to the Navy between 2012 and 2015, L'Adroit, designed to complete missions varied action of the State Sea (monitoring and protection of marine areas, fight against drug trafficking and piracy, police peaches ...) has not a vocation window floating market. It is also used by the French sailors for operational missions and various experiments, for example in the field of UAVs. Deployment in the Indian Ocean should also be the opportunity to test L'Adroit and systems in an environment of fight against piracy.

Able to reach the speed of 21 knots and cross 8000 miles at 12 knots, the PHE is 87 meters long and 15 meters wide. With a displacement of 1500 tons burden, it is implemented by a crew of 32 sailors and Your Ad Here can accommodate 27 additional people. It can carry a 5-ton helicopter in its shelter and receive a 10 ton machine on the platform at the back which is a device for launching two speedboats. The armament includes a 20mm cannon and two machine guns of 12.7mm, plus two water cannons.

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