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French Defence Procurement Agency receives first interception craft VFM.

| 2023

According to information published by the French MoD on January 26, 2023, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has received its first interception craft VFM (Vedette de fusiliers marins).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Interception craft VDM, or Vedette de fusiliers marins. (Picture source: French Navy)

The company Ufast was awarded the contract to deliver 12 interception crafts to the French Navy. It is a shipyard located in Quimper, France, that specializes in the construction of composite vessels

About the VFM

The VFMs (Vedettes des fusiliers-marins) are 15-meter-long boats made of composite material (CVR) and equipped with four 350 hp engines for a speed of 40 knots.

They will be used for escort, surveillance, and protection missions against terrorist attacks, and will have an intervention and neutralization capability to deny access to an exclusion zone.

The twelve VFMs will be delivered to the naval bases of Toulon, Brest, and Cherbourg, and two will be delivered to Djibouti. They will be transported on road trailers to facilitate their rapid movement.

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