High speed, low RCS all weather Offshore Patrol & Littoral / Riverine troop transport craft.
Principle dimensions / characteristics
Length moulded 18m
Beam overall 5m
Beam moulded 4.5m
Hull deadrise (Amidships) 21 degrees
Displacement lightship 21,000kg
Fully loaded 26,000kg
Fuel capacity 2,000L / *3,000L
Range 250nm / *375nm
Crew capacity 20
Water capacity 2,000L
Engines 2x Caterpillar C18 1000hp
Waterjets Marine jet power 452
Main weapon 12.7mm RC stabilised
Secondary weapons Pedestal 7.62mm MG
Speed Maximum 40kts
Cruise speed (MCR) 30kts
This design is for a high speed low RCS Patrol, assault and troop transport craft capable of transporting a total of 20 combatants. The main cabin contains helm, navigator, radio communications and mission comand positions and 6 crew seating positions; all positioned on shock mitigation seats. Extended duration patrol operations can be accommodated by crew facilities, (berth, galley & heads etc) in the large forward cabin, which also contains suspension seating for up to 10 additional combatants. The design is capable of operating within a wide range of mission parameters, from offshore operations during patrol or S.A.R. in extreme conditions of wind and wave, survivable due to high levels of seakeeping and self-righting capabilities, through to Littoral / riverine operations, facilitated by a low draft and waterjet propulsion, allowing shallow water operation.
Two types of main weapon can be incorporated, either a remote controlled gyroscopically stabilised 12.7mm machine gun / 40mm grenade launcher (shown)or a motorised turret 7.62 maned machine gun operated through a watertight hatch incorporated in the forward cabin roof. Removable gun mount pedestals are positioned on the aft deck and allow the mounting of additional fire power including 12.7mm, 7.62mm machine guns or Min Gun. Ballistic protection can be incorporated to the crew compartment utilising lightweight Kevlar panels and ballistic glass to provide a maximum protection of level BR6. Powered by twin Caterpillar C18 1000hp engines and MJP waterjets the craft has a 40kts maximum speed and a 30kts operational speed at the engines MCR.
Troop deployment in Littoral combat is facilitated by a bow door allowing combatants to disembark internally via an integrated telescopic ladder deployed from the bow when the craft is beached, during which overhead fire cover / suppression can be provided by the main weapon. A 4m RIB can optionally be stored onboard in a special compartment incorporated in to the aft deck and launched / recovered by a stern ramp. A Low level waterline casualty recovery and access / boarding area is incorporated into the swept sheerline and side deck area.
MAIN TECHNICAL DESIGN FEATURES
Littoral / riverine operation capable due to low draft & waterjet propulsion.
Offshore & S.A.R. capable due to high survivability- self-righting, 5 separate watertight compartments, exceptional seakeeping abilities
‘Stealth’ enabled, very low RCS from bow on allowing covert surveillance / interception operations.
High speed capabilities- 40kts.
Troop transport capable- 20 combatants, troop deployment from internal bow ramp, under cover suppression fire from main weapon.
Ballistic protection to main crew compartment to BR6
Concealed lethal & non lethal weapons: main weapon – 12.7mm gyroscopically stabilized remote control machine gun.
Optional 4m RIB compartment and stern recovery ramp
FRP composite construction carbon fibre reinforcement