The lead patrol vessel in the class, HMAS Arafura, is named after the Arafura Sea in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. [23][24], The Arafura-class is based on the Lürssen-designed Darussalam-class, operated by the Royal Brunei Navy. [1] The ships will be deployed with empty space available to install container-mounted systems such as aircraft support and sensors; if fully utilized, the gross displacement could increase to 1,800 tonnes. The Arafura-class is a custom Australian variant of Lürssen’s PV80 design, measuring 80 meters in length and displacing around 1,700 tons. Length: 80 m; Beam: 13 m; Draught: 4 m; Speed: 20 knots (maximum) Range: 7,400 kilometres; Displacement: approx. [10][11][12] The use of containerised modules means that equipment can be upgraded without taking the ships out of service for refit, and if necessary can be fitted to requisitioned civilian vessels. Australia has marked another milestone with its Arafura-lass offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme as two halves of the first-of-class have come together to form a … This is based on Brunei’s Darussalam class patrol boats that come with a perfectly good helicopter platform. [18], In 2012, American shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries proposed a variant of the Legend-class National Security Cutter, a ship built for the United States Coast Guard. The 20 vessels originally planned to be built was reduced was later reduced to 12 following the change in their planned role. The power plant will enable the vessels to sail at a maximum speed of 20k and achieve a maximum range of 4,000nm. The Arafura class OPV will be primarily armed with a 40mm large cannon mounted on the forward bow deck to protect the ship from onshore attacks. SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the 13 Armidale Class patrol boats by acquiring 12 new vessels, which will be known as the Arafura Class when they enter service from 2022. [13], While designing the Independence-class trimarans for the Littoral Combat Ship program, Australian-owned shipbuilder Austal also prepared a scaled-down version that could serve as the basis for the Australian OPV. The class of twelve OPVs will replace the Armidale Class and Cape Class patrol boats. The Arafura-class will replace the Armidale-class and Cape-class patrol boats, Huon-class coastal minehunters and Leeuwin-class survey ships and will primarily be used for constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. [15], The Royal Navy has begun plans for a similar vessel under the Future Surface Combatant program, designated the Future Mine Countermeasures/Hydrographic/Patrol Vessel (FMHPV). The ships will be manned by a crew of 40 members and will offer accommodation for more than 60 passengers. The Australian Border Force (ABF) currently operates 8 Cape Class Patrol Boats, while the Navy operates two leased Capes. [1] Each vessel has a gross displacement of 1,640 tonnes, and measures 80 metres (260 ft) long, with a beam of 13 metres (43 ft) and a draft of 4 metres (13 ft). [25][26] The first two vessels will be built by ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide, South Australia before production is transferred to Forgacs Marine & Defence shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia. The OPVs could be designed to carry a helicopter or an unmanned aerial vehicle to improve each ship's surveillance range, but this avenue is dependent on further study and cost-benefit analysis. The first two OPVs are under construction at ASC’s Osborne shipyard in South Australia and remaining ten ships will be built in Henderson, Western Australia, by Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group (AMSEG), a joint venture between Luerssen Australia and Australia-based shipbuilder Civmec. SAAB Situational Awareness System (SAS) with Saab EOS500 electro-optical fire control director, AU$3.6 billion (US$2.77 billion) for 12 vessels (FY 2018), AU$300 million (US$231 million) per unit (FY 2018), This page was last edited on 27 December 2020, at 17:33. 1,640 t; Crew: 40 crew with accommodation for up to 60 personnel; Armament: 40mm gun / 2 x 50 calibre machine guns Tags Arafura-class Australia Luerssen Australia OPV Royal Australian Navy SEA1180. [1] Two separate electro-optic targeting systems and three radars are installed and managed by the Saab 9LV system. The OPVs will have a length of 80m, a beam of 13m, and a draught of 4m. Construction has commenced on the Navy’s new offshore patrol vessels at Osborne in South Australia. The lead vessel, HMAS Arafura is planned to enter service in 2022. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. The Australian government’s National Shipbuilding Program has reached another milestone with the keel laying for the first offshore patrol vessel (OPV) under construction in Western Australia or the third new Arafura-class OPV — NUSHIP Pilbara. Although having a common design (which could be up to 2,000 tonnes in displacement), the ships would use a modular mission payload system to fulfill specific roles; primarily border patrol, mine warfare, and hydrographic survey. [17] At the start of 2010, it was announced that the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom were exploring the potential for idea-sharing and co-operation on the design of the OPV and FMHPV, as well as planned replacements for the Anzac-class, Type 22, and Type 23 frigates. The Arafura class is based on four OPVs in service with the Royal Brunei Navy as the Darussalem class. During the ceremonial keel laying for the second Arafura class OPV held at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide on 9 April 2020, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, announced the names of the next five vessels. The firepower of the vessel can be further improved by the advanced 9LV combat management system designed by SAAB Australia. The navigation bridge integrates all the communication, navigation, and sensor systems. 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