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Peru lays out naval modernisation plans

4th November 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

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​New OPVs will be joined by four logistics vessels, while upgrade work continues on four diesel-electric submarines

The Peruvian Navy (MGP) plans to acquire up to three new OPVs to improve maritime patrol operations. The service has not disclosed the exact design it intends to procure but it requires vessels with 1,500-2,000t displacement and the capability to transport a helicopter.

State-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA), the crown jewel of the Peruvian defence industry, will build the OPVs.

 South Korea is a strong contender to participate in the OPV programme. The six Rio Pativilca-class patrol boats that SIMA has constructed so far – BAP  Rio Tumbes (pictured) and BAP  Rio Locumba were commissioned in

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Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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