Israel Shipyards Ltd., an SK Group member and Israeli shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets, presents its advanced solutions for seaborne interdiction and prevention of terrorist and illegal activities for navies, law enforcement, and HLS forces, at LAAD 2019 show that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 2-5, 2019.
Israel Shipyards will introduce coastal defense vessels for short- and long-distance protection, developed to prevent illegal activity and maritime terrorism, provide coastal protection for Naval forces, and protect territorial waters and EEZs. The company will present a range of vessels and combat-proven solutions, including SHALDAG Fast Patrol Craft and OPVs with a high level of maneuverability and capabilities. Among the solutions installed on these vessels are cutting-edge weapon systems as well as command and control, electro-optics, and night vision systems.
The company will showcase one model of Fast Patrol Craft (FPC), the SHALDAG MK II. The FPCs are made of marine aluminum and driven by water jets, with a speed of above 45 knots even in rough seas. Its high maneuverability and minimal draft enable it to operate in shallow waters. The SHALDAG MK II is designed for coastal protection as well as for rivers.
"We welcome cooperation between Israel shipyards and Naval forces worldwide and in Latin American in particular," says CEO Eitan Zucker. "The recent delivery of four SHALDAG Fast Patrol Crafts to Argentina is a major milestone in our activities in the region, and we are looking forward to expanding it further."
The company will also showcase an advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV). Designed mainly for coastal protection, drilling rigs, and offshore facilities, it has a variety of remotely controlled and stabilized armament systems. With a hull made of steel and a superstructure of aluminum, the vessel sails at high speeds (above 32 knots). Weapon control stations and navigation systems are installed on the command bridge, enabling the commanding officer to have centralized control from the bridge. A helipad is also optional. The new version is available with a modern bridge structure design.