Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has received a multi-million dollar contract to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 boats to an African customer, with deliveries during 2016.
IAI this week said the high speed boats will be employed in coastal defence, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection and homeland security missions. All four boats will be built at IAI Ramta’s facilities in Israel.
“With an overall length of 27 meters, a top speed in excess of 40 knots, and equipped with a full suite of advanced weapons and sensors, this powerful boat will be an important addition to our customer’s maritime arsenal for securing its littoral waters”, said Nitzan Shaked, IAI/Ramta’s General Manager. “We are very proud that our boats are being operated on nearly all of the world’s oceans, and that this, another African customer, has selected our proven design to address their significant maritime challenges.”
The Super Dvora Mk 3 is currently in service with several navies worldwide. To date, IAI has supplied more than 100 patrol boats in various configurations, via contracts valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, to maritime customers around the world, the company said.
The Super Dvora Mk 3 displaces approximately 50 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 45 knots and a range of over 1 000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The type can be armed with 20, 23, 25 or 30 mm cannons, 7.62 or 12.7 mm machineguns and 40 mm grenade launchers. These can be mounted on automatic turrets or manually aimed. Missiles can also be fitted. Accommodation provides for 12 crewmembers.
The Super Dvora MK 3 can be propelled by articulating surface drives (ASD) or waterjets. The ASD system enables operation in extremely shallow water at minimal drafts of 1.2 metres. The ASD system is also highly manoeuvrable, steering the craft with thrust vectoring.