DCNS and KND have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the promotion, construction and sale of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) in South Africa. The Gowind OPV leverages the most innovative technologies to ensure the success of maritime safety & security (MSS) and counterpiracy missions.
DCNS and KND have signed a partnership agreement to promote, build and sell the vessels.
Following visits by DCNS and KND to each other's facilities, the two naval shipbuilders quickly recognised the major benefits of forming a partnership.
The purpose of the agreement is to win new OPV contracts, first in South Africa and subsequently in other sub-Saharan African nations.
"We are very happy with the partnership agreement and are very positive that the DCNS OPV is the most suitable solution for Naval applications within Africa," said James Fisher, CEO of KND.
"This MoU reflects DCNS's commitment to long-term partnership with KND in order to meet the requirements of the South African Navy as closely as possible," said Pierre Legros, SVP Surface Ships & Naval Systems, DCNS.
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