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The option for the third unit, if
exercised, could occur as early as
2019 in order to keep the program
moving forward at Seaspan without any breaks.
The key will be the additional
funding required for the third unit,
a decision that may arrive at
around the same time as Arctic
Offshore Patrol Ship and the
Canadian frigate programs are
scheduled to begin.
Mauritius To Receive
OPV for Coast Guard
The Mauritius Police Coast Guard
will receive the 74-meter offshore
patrol vessel (OPV) CGS Barracuda
from India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilding and Engineering (GRSE)
The OPV was ordered from
GRSE in 2011 under a $58.5 mil-
lion contract, with the keel being
laid in April 2012. It was launched
on Aug. 2 and is based on the
Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Vik-
ram class. The new OPV will re-
place the CGS Vigilant currently in
The 1,350-ton OPV will be powered by Tognum MTU engines and
armed with the Medak Ordnance
Factory CRN-91 30mm 2A42 gun
and the Bharat Electronics Limited
EON- 51 electro-optical director.
The 74-meter OPV will be the
first completed and exported by
UVZ, Sagem To Become
UralVagonZavod (UVZ) of Russia
and Sagem Defense Securite of
France signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) recently in
the presence of Russian Federation
Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev
and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Both parties agreed to organize a
long-term strategic partnership
regarding the use of Sagem’s optron-ic and other high-tech products on
armored vehicles and artillery products produced by UVZ.
Sagem, a member of the Safran
Group, produces advanced optron-ics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for the military
and civil markets. UVZ manufactures military equipment as well as
road-building machinery and railway vehicles.
Additionally, Sagem and UVZ
have been involved in setting up
production facilities in other countries and this SPA could lead to a
partnership in the industrial enterprise solutions business as well. ■
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