Finnish boat manufacturer Boomeranger Boats announced on 27 November that it had signed contracts to deliver special operations rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military and the Indian Navy (IN).
The company said in a statement that it will provide 34 such boats to the UAE over the next two years. The RHIBs will be equipped to carry out visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) as well as combat diver operations.
“To support these roles, each boat will have [the] latest tactical equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, armour plating, and helicopter transport systems,” the firm added.
The agreement reached with the IN includes the delivery of an undisclosed number of the RHIBs along with a comprehensive support system.
“For the company, this project is an opportunity to highlight its strong know-how in tailoring products for demanding conditions and meeting the needs of diverse customers. More information will be supplied regarding the specifics of the Indian project as it progresses,” said Boomeranger Boats.
According to its website, the company currently offers six different models of especial operations boats designed for heavy duty maritime authority use such as patrolling, interception, boarding, and search-and-rescue missions.
The statement did not mention which models are set to be delivered.
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