Israel Shipyards Delivers Offshore Patrol Vessel to Honduras

The Honduran navy's new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), General José Trinidad Cabañas (FNH-2021), is scheduled to arrive in the Central American nation by the end of the month or early January 2020.

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As part of a cooperation agreement signed between Israel and Honduras in 2016, Israel Shipyards has delivered an offshore patrol vessel to the Honduras Navy.

The OPV 62 recently departed from Israel and is expected to arrive in Honduras next month, according to a report by the Honduran newspaper La Prensa.

The ship, which was built by Israel Shipyards, has a length of 62 m, displaces approximately 500 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 32 knots, and possesses a landing deck for a helicopter. It was launched in July.

Based on the combat-proven SA’AR 4.5 design used by the Israeli Navy, the OPV 62m is even more versatile and mission-ready, with extensive payload capacity including stabilized weapons, Rafael Spike medium-range missiles, ESM, and TechMer communications system, and a Terma radar system.

Additionally, the Honduras Navy will receive two more remote-controlled weapon stations for existing vessels from Elbit Systems.