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Ranging from 59 metres to 87 metres in length and from 600 tonnes to 1,500 tonnes displacement, the Compact SIGMA design portfolio allows for scaled capability – from constabulary duties through to high-end warfighting – with a choice of weaponry and sensors. Additionally, the Compact SIGMA philosophy places an emphasis on reduced maintenance and manning requirements to optimise costs through life.
In-country technology transfer
Recognising the increasing importance of in-country technology transfer and capitalising on experience gained during the SIGMA build process, Damen has developed a new production methodology, known as OMEGA (Open Module Equipment Guided Assembly), to enable Compact SIGMA series vessels to be built in local facilities. Designed to streamline the entire project plan from design to purchasing and production, the OMEGA construction scheme is based on completing a welded and painted hull, while leaving full access to enable subsequent outfitting.
Flexibility in the choice of equipment
All major systems and outfitting components – such as the engines, gearbox, shafting, steering gear and other auxiliary systems – are installed through access openings in the hull structure and as applicable built on skids for quick and easy mounting.
Therefore, the OMEGA approach allows for more flexibility in the choice of equipment type and vendor. Indeed, Damen sees sequential assembly as beneficial for system design, purchasing and for the preparation of equipment installation.
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