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Type of vessel:
Electronics supplied by:
Inshore patrol craft
Armed Forces of Malta
Austal, Western Australia
2 x MAN D2842 LE410,
2 x Veem propellers
2 x Cummins MDKBU
27kW at 1,500rpm
Furuno X-Band FAR 2117BB
Furuno HF FS-1570
Furuno VHF FM-8800S
Sailor 250 FleetBroadband
Navtex Furuno NX-700A
Muir VC650 on aft
deck, Muir anchor
International Sealed Marine
8 x 20-person Zodiac
1 x AB Inflatables NAVICO
3.9m with 4-stroke,
The first two of four 21.2-metre
aluminium patrol boats for the Armed
Forces of Malta (AFM) have been
launched at Austal's Western Australian
facilities -- less than seven months from
initial contract signing.
Launch of the remaining two
aluminium vessels will occur in coming
weeks, with the four-vessel fleet on
schedule for delivery in November
With a speed of more than 26 knots, the
vessels are designed to assist the AFM with
surveillance and border protection
throughout Malta's coastal waters. Each
vessel will be equipped with a 12.7mm
gun, as well as two 7.62mm light machine
guns on the aft flybridge deck.
The vessels also boast fire-fighting
capability via a fire monitor on the aft
flybridge deck, while a radio direction
finder capable of tracking emergency
frequencies allows the vessels to perform
search and rescue operations.
Austal Business Development Manager
-- Defence, Jamie Robinson, said the
21.2-metre platform was capable of
performing a number of different roles.
"One of the standout characteristics of
these vessels is definitely their versatility,
particularly considering the size of the
vessel," Mr Robinson said.
"Customers are increasingly attracted to
vessels that meet multiple requirements,
avoiding the need for dedicated craft for
each role. This combines with a growing
need for fast delivery times, which in this
case will be just nine months from initial
contract signing," he said.
Adding to the platform's versatility is a
bilge manifold located above the main aft
deck, which can perform salvage pumping
of another vessel if needed. A stern
launching ramp allows the safe deployment
and retrieval of a rigid hull inflatable boat
and dive operations are also supported via
low-to-the-water platforms located aft.
Sea trials were scheduled to take place
over the weeks following the launch.
For further information contact:
Austal, Western Australia.
PH: (08) 9410 1111,
FX: (08) 9410 2564,
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