posted on Jan, 26 2006 @ 09:01 AM
Found some more info for you Devil! These will be the toys you get to olay with when you get in.
The craft will replace the in-service Rigid Raiding Craft Mk3, but is a world apart in capability. It differs markedly from most of our boats as it
has an aluminium hull, a solid foam collar, twin Steyr diesel engines and Rolls-Royce water jets.
It has incredible manoeuvrability with good acceleration and the ability to turn in its own axis and stop in 1.5 boat lengths. Its total payload is
1.5 tonnes, which is derived from eight troops, two crew and all their equipment and with this load the craft will exceed 35kts and has a range in
excess of 250Nm.
It is designed to ensure the troops arrive “fit to fight” therefore, it has a sea kindly Vee hull with the troops sitting as far aft as possible.
This resulted in mounting the engines much further forward than is traditional and using long shafts to connect the engines to the water jets.
Another change in tactics is for the troops to disembark and embark from the aft end of the craft rather than over the bow. This allows the coxswain
to maintain control in surf. Due to the water jets and shallow draught the troops will only wade in knee-deep water as opposed to chest deep with the
The initial invitation to tender was stalled due to Operation Telic and lessons learned from this conflict have been incorporated in the design. So
much so, the craft can be easily converted within a couple of hours to a fire support platform.
In this role troops will be protected within a citadel of ballistic material and able to fire up to four general purpose machine guns. Despite being a
small boat, this will provide spectacular firepower. In addition, to GPMGs, grenade- launchers, smoke discharges and other weapon systems are being
included in the design. The fire support role is designed for Riverine patrols.