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I think that you will find that @MrConservative included the VARD 7-115-OPV item as an information item only. He used the term BTW - By The Way. As it is it would have to be significantly modified to meet the RFI requirements.I'm unclear of the significance of Vard partnering with local engineering consultancy Beca to provider technical support to MinDef for the SOPV project. Does this give their designs the inside running, or will they be excluded from consideration on conflict-of-interest grounds?
The Vard 7-115 you highlight certainly ticks many of the boxes, but does it come in ice-hardened form? I understand Canada's new AOPS class are based on an ixe-strengthened version of the smaller Vard 7-100, so I assume it is feasible (but perhaps costly?).
I am picking that the VARD 9-203 is in the running for the SOPV at the moment. Time will tell of course.
Just to add something to the OPV mix pot, the VARD 7-115-OPV could be a contender as a third OPV and as the Otago Class OPV replacement.