Spanish shipbuilder Navantia will showcase its Avante family of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2013, to be held in Abu Dhabi next month.
Navantia has recently built four of the ships for the Spanish Navy (Avante 3000) and four units of each class for the Venezuelan Navy (Avante 2200 and Avante 1400).
The Avante 3000 has a length of 93.90 m, a displacement of over 2,900 tones and a maximum speed of 21 knots. Her main missions are the protection and escort of other ships, the control of maritime traffic, terrorist actions, piracy, fishing legislation and environmental legislation, operations against drug and persons trafficking, and crisis situation support and humanitarian assistance.
The Avante 2200 has a length of 98.90 meters, a displacement of 2,200 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. It is able to perform a variety of missions such as surveillance and protection of the exclusive economic zone, protection of maritime traffic, defence of strategic interests, search and rescue operations, support for other units and humanitarian actions, control of marine pollution, the fight against smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal immigration, surveillance and gathering of operational and environmental intelligence, surface defence and passive electronic warfare.
The Avante 1400 has a length overall of 79.90 metres and the capacity to displace 1,500 tonnes and reach a maximum speed of 22 knots.
These ships will be able to carry out a wide variety of missions such as coastal surveillance and protection, protection of maritime traffic, health assistance to other ships, external firefighting, the fight and control of marine pollution, transport of personnel and provisions, search and rescue operations, rapid intervention, frogmen support, surface defence and passive electronic warfare.
Navantia says the Avante family of vessels are adaptable to perform the typical missions of the Arabian Gulf as:
• Maritime safety
• Securing economical waters and islands.
• Securing gas and oil rigs
• Securing coastal boundaries.
• Search and Rescue
• Law enforcement
The ship and systems are specially designed to operate in environmental conditions of high air and seawater temperatures and humidity nearing 100%.