Tunisia takes delivery of new patrol boats
By Luca Peruzzi
Cantiere Navale Vittoria handed over the first two patrol boats it has built for Tunisia's National Guard during a ceremony at the Italian shipyard's Adria facilities on 1 December.
"The first two patrol boats [GN3501 and GN3502] have been built under the new P350 project design," Cantiere Navale Vittoria President Luigi Duo told IHS Jane's . "With a 140-tonne full displacement, a 35 m length, and a 7.2 m beam, the new patrol vessels are built of aluminium and feature a propulsion system based on two shafts, with one 3120 kW MTU 16V2000 M93 diesel engine and one Rolls-Royce Kamewa 63 S3 NP hydrojet, offering a maximum speed of over 38 knots."
With a crew of 16, the new patrol boats feature integrated command, control, and navigation suites, which include satellite and radio links between ships and shore-based facilities that were provided by Italian company AlmavivA as prime contractor.
The boats were built under a EUR16.6 million (USD22 million) contract awarded by the Italian government as part of an April 2011 agreement to bolster Tunisia's ability to counter illegal migration from Africa to Europe.183 of 373 words
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