The first of five inshore patrol boats for the Croatian Coast Guard was launched at Brodosplit Shipyard on 3 June
Brodosplit is building the boats under a contract awarded in December 2014. The design, by Brodarski Institute, has a similar layout to that of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207
All five patrol boats were due to enter service this year. However, speaking to Jane’s on 14 June, the shipyard said model tests had revealed a number of flaws that had necessitated a redesign and some changes in material, placing the programme behind schedule.
According to the shipyard, the first boat is due to be handed over “in the second half of the year”. Jane’s understands that the intention thereafter is to start delivering the remaining boats to a three-month drumbeat. The projected service life of the patrol boats is 30 years.
Displacing 216 tonnes, the boats have an overall length of 43.5 m, an 8 m beam, and a maximum draught of 2.48 m. The new units are powered by twin diesels to speeds of up to 28 kt. Endurance is stated as 10 days, with a range of 1,000 n miles at 15 kt.
Each vessel will carry a complement of 14 crew members, with the option of another three if required.
Armament will include a 30 mm automatic gun forward and two manually operated 12.7 mm machine guns aft of the wheelhouse, both port and starboard, plus four man-portable air-defence systems.
Brodosplit has expressed high hopes for selling this type of patrol boat internationally.
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