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Uruguay looks to Spain for new OPVs

20th July 2023 - 10:30 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


The two new OPVS are planned to be delivered through 2025. (Photo: Uruguayan Ministry of Defence)

The Uruguayan Navy may finally receive two new offshore patrol vessels to revamp its ageing surface fleet.

On 17 July, the Uruguayan Minister of Defence Javier García announced the selection of an offer by the Spanish shipyard Cardama for two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), expected to be delivered throughout 2025.

According to Montevideo, the price of the two OPVs is  $92.3 million (€82.2 million). 

‘Today we have sent this purchase decision to the Court of Auditors,’ García explained; the Court will be tasked with finalising negotiations for the contract. 

‘If everything goes according to plan, [the first platform] will be delivered in the first months of 2025. Within the first trimester of 2025,’ García said, adding ‘the

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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

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

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