More information on the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being created for the Pakistan Navy has been made public by Damen Group, a Dutch defense, shipbuilding, and engineering firm.
OPVs are versatile and highly adaptive naval platforms. They have cutting-edge electronic warfare, anti-ship, and anti-air weaponry and sensors, as well as contemporary terminal defense and self-protection systems.
Speaking to an international news outlet, a spokeswoman for the Damen Group said that the Pakistan Navy signed the contract for two more OPVs after observing the satisfactory performance of PNS Yarmook and PNS Tabuk.
A Damen Group representative responded to questions concerning the specifications of the two future OPVs by stating that they will be 98 meters long, 14.4 meters wide, and have a hull draught of 4 meters.
The OPVs will have space for an additional 36 people in addition to their capacity for 60 people. Its displacement capacity is 2,600 tonnes, and its range and cruising speed are 6,000 nautical miles and 12 knots, respectively.
For comparison, the PNS Yarmook measures 91 meters in length, 14 meters in beam, and 4 meters in hull depth. It can house 138 crew members as well as a medium helicopter on its flight deck. 2,300 tonnes may also be moved by PNS Yarmook.
The steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two OPVs was staged earlier this year in July by the Pakistan Navy and Damen Group at the Damen Shipyard in Galaţi, Romania.
Dr. Zafar Iqbal, the ambassador of Pakistan to Romania, attended the event as the chief guest. Senior Damen Group executives, representatives of the Pakistan Navy, and the Chief Naval Overseer (Romania) were also present at the occasion.