French company Piriou launches the second OPV Niani for Senegal

According to a PR published by Piriou on September 15, 2022, the launch of the Niani, the second offshore patrol vessel destined for the Senegalese Navy, took place in Concarneau (29). This stage marks a significant step in the progress of the program for the supply of three offshore patrol vessels.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French built Offshore Patrol Vessel Niani for the Senegalese Navy (Picture source: Piriou)

In parallel, the first unit is in the outfitting phase before the start of its sea trials, and outfitting is also ongoing on the third vessel in preparation for launch. This contract was signed in November 2019 by Senegal’s Ministry of Armed Forces and PIRIOU group.

The OPV 58 S (Offshore Patrol Vessel) is a 62 m patrol vessel of remarkable versatility. versatility. Robust and durable, it is dedicated to surveillance, identification and intervention missions.

In addition to its projection capabilities (commando boats), it has a first-rate deterrence capability thanks to its anti-surface and anti-air weapons systems. anti-surface and anti-aircraft weapons systems.

Among the major innovations and capabilities of the ship are
- A highly versatile design to configure the ship to different missions
- A large 360° panoramic bridge
- A fast launch/recovery system with a 2 boat ramp.
- A C-Sharp® hull: optimized autonomy and sea keeping
- A high-performance combat and surveillance system

These OPVs will be equipped with MARTE MK2/N anti-ship missiles with a range of over 30 range of more than 30 kilometers and the fire-and-forget capability will enable the Senegalese Navy to ensure its maritime superiority.

The immediate protection of the patrol boats will be ensured by the SIMBAD-RC system, which allows the deployment of two MISTRAL missiles, the whole guaranteeing an protection against anti-ship missiles, combat aircraft, drones, helicopters and fast boats such as and fast boats such as FIACs. All these missiles are produced by MBDA.