The two new Turkish-built OPV 76 will further enhance Nigeria’s naval capacity currently served by two P-18N OPVS, two Hamilton-class patrol cutters, a number of fast patrol missile-boats, and several inshore patrol vessels.
The SIMBAD-RC missile system will replace the now decommissioned Italian-made Aspide medium range surface-to-air missile produced by Selenia mounted in Nigeria’s Combattante III-B class missile craft (NNS Siri, NNS Ayam, NNS Ekun and NNS Ayam), and British short-range subsonic Sea Cat surface-to-air missile system.
The SIMBAD-RC comprises of one or two twin-MISTRAL missile very short range anti-air missile turrets, remotely controlled. It is capable of ensuring the anti-air defence of all types of vessels, especially small patrol boats and large logistics ships, against a wide range of threats ranging from anti-ship missiles and combat aircraft to smaller surface threats such as fast inshore attack craft.
SIMBAD RC is already in production and in service with four navies.