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Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM)

Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD)

Portugal | 2030

"The Platforma Naval Multifuncional is a budget-friendly helicopter carrier proposed for the Portuguese Navy with a fixed-wing unmanned launching capability to boot."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM).
2 x Marine turbines of unknown make, model, and output power driving 2 x Shafts.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
4,866 nm
5,600 miles | 9,012 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM).
800.0 ft
243.84 meters
O/A Length
85.0 ft
25.91 meters
25.0 ft
7.62 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM).
Unknown as of this writing. Assumed Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) solutions and close-in defense autocannons / machine guns.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM).
Up to one medium-lift helicopter supported from amidships landing area; UAV rotorcraft also planned for support. Fixed-wing UAVs supported from port side runaway with ski-jump ramp near bow.
Ships-in-Class (1)
Notable series variants as part of the Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM) family line as relating to the Plataforma Naval Multifuncional group.
Unmanned Vessel

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The "Platforma Naval Multifuncional" (PNM, translating to "Multi-Functional Naval Platform") is a proposed Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) formally adopted by the Portuguese Navy as it seeks to broaden its maritime capabilities. The nation of Portugal sits on the West coast of the Iberian Peninsula, giving it complete access to the Atlantic Ocean - as a result, the country also has a considerable coastline and waterways to defend.

The proposed vessel is powered through conventional means internally and dedicated to the support of Portuguese Navy rotorcraft in both manned and unmanned forms. Its design is relatively compact by Western standard which makes for a more economical end-product to smaller naval powers. As presented artist renderings, the vessel holds its hull superstructure ahead of midships towards the bow and is offset to the starboard side. This allows the rear to serve as the flight deck for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing types - superstructure's starboard side offset allows a compact runway to be fitted along the port side complete with a "ski-jump" style ramp affixed to the bow end (useful for STOL actions). As such, the vessel would be able to support fixed-wing unmanned aircraft in addition to its manned rotorcraft and rotary-wing unmanned vehicles.

Over the superstructure are the forward and aft masts set to provide modern sensors, communications, and processing facilities. Hangars are noted along the sides of the lower aft hull. Armament is assumed to be self-defensive in nature, providing a limited point-defense solution against inbound aerial threats - the vessel largely relying on accompanying warships as its main line of protection.

Upon commissioning, the PNM will become one of the more critical ships in the Portuguese Navy's operating arsenal and serve its rotorcraft fleet well. The Portuguese Navy has ordered one example of the type as of this writing (2023).

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Global operator(s) of the Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Local Shipyard - Portugal
National flag of Portugal

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Image of the Plataforma Naval Multifuncional (PNM)
Artist rendering of the proposed PNM of the Portuguese Navy.

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