30 Juni 2009

BVT Wins Thailand Design Contract

30 Juni 2009

BVT's 90m OPV for Thailand (image : ThaiNavy)

BVT Surface Fleet, the maritime joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group, has today announced the signing of a contract with Bangkok Dock for the supply of a design of a 90m Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy, to be built in Thailand.

The design is a development of an existing BVT OPV design and will be adapted by Bangkok Dock to suit the specific requirements of the Royal Thai Navy. The vessel is a multi-mission OPV, the primary roles of which will include protection of the EEZ, fishery protection, disaster relief and search and rescue.

Commenting on the contract, BVT Chief Executive Alan Johnston said "BVT Surface Fleet will transfer design knowledge, technology and shipbuilding skills to Thai engineers and look forward to developing a long term partnership with Bangkok Dock and local industry that will help support the growth of a sustainable shipbuilding capability in Thailand.

"This is a strategically important contract for BVT as we look to expand our international footprint and we are looking forward to working closely with Bangkok Dock over the coming years to deliver the requirements of the Royal Thai Navy".

BVT Surface Fleet, a Joint Venture between BAE Systems and VT Group, is a leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of naval ships, delivering complex engineering, integration and through-life support across the lifecycle of a vessel.

(BVT Surface Fleet)

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