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The Ocean Patrol Boats of the French Navy will have a 40 mm RapidFire cannon

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What was until now halfway between rumor and logical deduction was confirmed today by Commander Ghislain Deleplanque in charge of the protection and security office of the French Navy. The 10 new Ocean Patrol Vessels which will replace the A69 class Offshore Patrol Vessels from 2025 will therefore indeed be equipped with a 40 mm RapidFire cannon. This close protection system will allow ships to ensure, in addition to their protection against light and medium naval targets, but also against drones, helicopters, combat planes operating at low altitude, as well as anti-ship missiles with a grazing trajectory. .

This is therefore the second class of ships intended to soon enter service within the French Navy to receive RapidFire to ensure their self-defense, after the 4 supply tankers built in cooperation with the Italian Fincantieri, and identified by the French Navy under the name Bâtiment de Ravitaillement de la Force, or BRF. The ships, which must be delivered between 2022 and 2029 by the Saint-Nazaire shipyards, will actually be equipped with this system to ensure their close protection . There is also talk of equipping future Minehunters of the French Navy with it, which will replace the Eridan class ships in service since the mid-1980s.

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The Force Supply Vessels of the French Navy will also carry a RapidFire cannon to ensure their protection against naval and air threats

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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