IAI to deliver Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boats to African military customer

1 April 2015 (Last Updated April 1st, 2015 18:30)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract from an African military customer to deliver four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast-patrol boats.

Super Dvora Mk 3

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract from an African military customer to deliver four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast-patrol boats.

These new vessels, which will be built at IAI Ramta's facilities in Israel, are designed to be used for coastal defence, EEZ and HLS missions.

IAI/Ramta general manager Nitzan Shaked said: "With an overall length of 27m, a top speed in excess of 40k, 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."

The vessels are expected to be delivered in 2016.

"This powerful boat will be an important addition to our customer's maritime arsenal for securing its littoral waters."

IAI has supplied more than 100 patrol boats in various configurations so far. The first MKIII naval crafts were handed over to the Israel Navy in 2004, following a contract signed with the Israel Ministry of Defense in January 2002.

These boats are deployed in missions including offshore patrol, law enforcement, naval intelligence, command and control, interdiction and boarding of suspect targets, and protection of exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Super Dvora high-speed boat will be able to accommodate 12 crew members and carry advanced, stabilised-precision naval weapon systems and sensors.

In addition, the vessel will be armed with optional weapon systems, including a long-range missile launching system and short-range missiles such as Hellfire surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs).


Image: Israel Aerospace Industries' high-speed boat Super Dvora Mk 3. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.