The Barracuda offers a single platform, multi-configurable tactical concept.

Tactical Capabilities

 

Based on a single platform (the Barracuda concept)  utilising a variable length hull, standard or extended cabin versions allowing the versatility of  increased accommodation (up to 16), or aft deck area, as determined by its mission parameters.  

This versatility enables the possibility of multiple configurations, creating a task force based around four mission specific versions as described below.

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The BARRACUDA features the following:

 

Low RCS, especially when bow-on to radar, making detection highly difficult until BARRACUDA is well within weapons range of her target

  • Composite hull and superstructure (either 11 or 13m length), low magnetic signature

  • High-speed (40+kts) Range 200 NM+. Twin-engine. Conventional prop or water jet propulsion

  • Littoral/Riverine operations capable - draft 85cm (waterjet propulsion)

  • All-weather and open ocean capable, even in extreme conditions  - BARRACUDA cruises at operational speed in sea-state 5, operates at lower speed in sea-state 7-8 (depending on specification self-righting from total capsize)

  • Fully enclosed watertight climate-controlled cockpit, shock mitigating seating (hydraulic), dramatically reducing crew fatigue and impact injuries

  • Crew cockpit is capable of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical filtration/positive cabin pressurization

  • Highly agile - multi-role/mission configurable

  • Survivable both in combat as well as hostile sea and weather conditions

  • Road, air (cargo and helicopter sling-load) and mother-ship deployable/recoverable

  • Concealed forward weapons bay, two aft pedestal mounts.  Operator-defined weapons fit.  360-degree weapons coverage, including interlocking fields of fire forward, off the beam and aft. 

  • Crew-served and personal weapons are stored inside cabin until required

  • Barracuda can accept a wide array of electronic warfare packages and systems, allowing a strike/intercept/insertion group of boats to accept and share real-time battle-space EW data from a remote station (surface or airborne), allowing the strike package to remain electronically silent and undetectable

MODULAR WEAPON FIT & INTERNAL ARRANGMENT

MODULAR WEAPON FIT & INTERNAL ARRANGMENT

 

The internal arrangement and weapon fit for the Barracuda  can be modular. Three different configurations are possible for the arrangement of the forward accommodation and weapon fit with a single vessel platform. Modules can be interchangeable between the three different options, with the choice being determined by the mission requirements.

 

Assault / patrol

Module 1.  Remove control gyroscopically stabilised machine gun in its sealed  deployment compartment

 

Assault / Troop deployment

Module 2.  Motorised gun turret and manned machine gun via watertight hatch + 8 combatant seating module.

 

Patrol  / S.A.R.

Module 3.  Sealed cabin roof section and 8 combatant seating modules.

 

 Alpha

Gunboat, 11m

Primary missions are force protection, escort, intercept, interdiction, point defense, fire support and flare-ship

 

Crew – 4 (Pilot, nav/forward gunner, 2 x rear gunners/loaders)

 

Examples of forward weapons systems options include GAU 17, GAU 19, MK19, Sea Griffin missile, M2 .50 cal.  Any system that fits the weapons bay may be mounted

 

The forward weapons station is concealed under watertight hatches and is deployed and retracted from the cockpit.  The system may be remotely-operated from the gunner’s station in the cockpit using a gyro-stabilized mount, or may be operated as a manned station.  The gunner accesses the turret from inside the cockpit via a watertight hatch.  This also means that the forward system is accessible from inside the cockpit for re-loading, stoppage clearance and control override

 

The two aft pedestal-mounts can accept systems up to and including the GAU 19/B

 

The pedestal-mounted weapons and ammo may be stored within the crew compartment until required 

 

 Bravo

Special Forces Extraction/Insertion, 13m

Capable of carrying the same weapons fit as version A, with less space for ammo storage as the cabin is optimized for personnel/cargo transport

 

Crew – 2 (pilot, nav/forward gunner, 2 rear gunners/loaders)

 

Accepts 8-10 personnel, depending on mission and cabin outfit

 

Can operate as a dive platform (6-8 divers plus equipment)

 

UAV/ROV capable

 

 Charlie

Medevac, 13m

Assume weapons systems are removed

 

Crew – 4 (pilot, nav, 2 x medics)

 

2 beds or 4 stretchers in the main cabin, 2 beds in the forward compartment, plus necessary equipment

 

Additional specialist equipment can be fitted

 

Can act as support-boat for dive operations

 

Capable of Lifeboat operations as required

 Delta

Electronic Warfare/Command & Control, 13m

 

Operator-defined multiple-role Electronic Warfare platform

 

Crew – 6-8 (pilot, nav/fwd gunner, 2 -4 electronic warfare specialists, mission commander, additional PAX as required)

 

Retains the ability to able to self-defend and deliver additional fire support as needed

 

Comfortable, secure, highly agile command vessel

 

Acts as the downlink node for battle-space intelligence and can share this information in real-time with the rest of the BARRACUDA force and other assets

 

Capable of deploying, operating and recovering UAV/ROVs

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