DCNS delivers fourth Skjold FPB to Norwegian Navy

2 April 2012 (Last Updated April 2nd, 2012 04:30)

DCNS has delivered the fourth of six Skjold-class fast patrol boats (FPB), P964-Glimt, to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Norwegian Navy's Skjold-class fast patrol boat (FPB), P964-Glimt

DCNS has delivered the fourth of six Skjold-class fast patrol boats (FPB), P964-Glimt, to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

The delivery is part of a six-boat programme led by Skjold Prime consortium, consisting of DCNS serving as the combat system design authority and co-supplier and two Norwegian contractors, Umoe Mandal and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Designed for maritime security and safety missions in Norway's littoral waters, the 50m-long heavily armed Skjold FPBs feature a combat system, modern communications and sensor suites.

The P964-Glimt's combat system features 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.

The lightweight Senit 2000 combat system has been customised to meet the requirements of demanding environments and for reduced crewing while the communications and sensor suites were designed to be completely compatible for active participation in international and Nato-led operations.

As per a new capability requirement specified by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO), the vessels communication capabilities will be further enhanced and upgraded with an advanced satellite communications system.

Skjold features covert operational capability in littoral warfare and can remain undetected when carrying out surveillance missions and engaging hostile forces from a close distance.

The first P961-Storm was delivered on 9 September 2010, second P962-Skudd on 28 October 2010 while the third P963-Steil on 30 June 2011.

DCNS had served as the prime contractor for the modernisation of 14 Hauk-class FPBs for the Royal Norwegian Navy between 1997 and 2004.

Image: The Royal Norwegian Navy's first Skjold-class fast patrol boat (FPB) P961-Storm. Photo: Matt.