BAE to build 3 new OPVs

UK MoD awards BAE new contract.

BAE Systems awarded contract for U.K. OPV trio

BAE Systems reports that it has been been awarded a £348 million (about $584 million) contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence to construct three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy.

The new 90 m vessels will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow and will provide additional capability for the Royal Navy. Based on a proven design, the ships will be used to support counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the waters around the U.K. and will protect other U.K. interests abroad.

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