Skjold Prime consortium, which consists of DCNS and two Norwegian contractors, was awarded a contract by the navy to design, develop and deliver six Skjold-class FPBs.
The 50m-long Skjold FPB is integrated with a combat system, communications systems and sensor suites to support maritime security and safety missions in Norway’s littoral waters even in adverse environments.
In addition, the boats are armed with eight Kongsberg Nye Sjoemaals Missiler or Norwegian strike missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles and an Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun with a range in excess of 12km that is capable of engaging several targets simultaneously.
Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of 55k, the vessel has a full load displacement capacity of 270t and a draught of 0.9m to 2.3m, enabling it to access very shallow waters unlike other craft.
The first P961-Storm was delivered in September 2010, second P962-Skudd in October 2010 while the third P963-Steil in June 2011.
P964-Glimt and P965-Gnist, the fourth and fifth vessels of the class, have been delivered to the navy in March and November 2012 respectively.
The Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (NDLO) selected DCNS recently to provide technical support for the Senit 2000 combat management system (CMS), which is equipped onboard the six FPBs.
DCNS has also served as the prime contractor for the modernisation of 14 Hauk-class FPBs for the Norwegian Navy between 1997 and 2004.
Image: Norwegian Navy’s first Skjold-class boat at sea. Photo: courtesy of RNN.