Damen Initiates Construction of New Multi-Purpose Support Ship Designed for Drone Operations

This project has been undertaken in partnership with the Portuguese Navy
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 07:54 AM, February 28, 2024
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Damen Initiates Construction of New Multi-Purpose Support Ship Designed for Drone Operations
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Damen Shipyards has commenced the construction of the first vessel in its newly introduced Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS) series, developed in collaboration with the Portuguese Navy.

The MPSS, available in 7000 and 9000-ton versions, is designed to address the increasing use of drone technology in combat and surveillance.

“The MPSS range is a response to the growing utilization of drone technology in modern combat and surveillance situations. We recognized the importance of such capabilities for countries aiming to sustain their sovereignty,” said Piet van Rooij, Commercial Manager of Damen’s Defence and Security department.

The vessel incorporates military-grade electrical, communication, and navigation equipment while integrating commercial off-the-shelf technology for mission-specific equipment modules. The 107 x 20 meters MPSS 7000, operated by a crew of 48 personnel, provides additional facilities for up to 100 special personnel and temporary accommodation for 42 persons in emergency and disaster relief scenarios. The larger MPSS 9000, measuring 130 x 20 meters, is positioned to handle a broader spectrum of operations.

Damen Initiates Construction of New Multi-Purpose Support Ship Designed for Drone Operations
Multi-Purpose Support Ship @Damen

Notably, the MPSS series aims for adaptability, allowing the vessel to transition to various tasks, including managing air, sea, and sub-sea drones, amphibious support, emergency and disaster relief, search & rescue, diving support, submarine rescue operations, and helicopter operations when not engaged in its primary function.

The modular approach of the MPSS series ensures year-round utilization and easy maintenance, contributing to increased uptime. The vessels boast the capability to remain at sea for at least 45 days, enhancing operational flexibility.

Piet van Rooij stated that the company would showcase this new vessel in upcoming defense exhibitions. “We’re very much looking forward to showcasing this new vessel, including at exhibitions, in the coming months,” he added.

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