IDEX 2015

Wraps off military RHIB [IDX15VP]

22 February 2015

UAE-based ASIS Boats (Stand A-013) has unveiled its new 12.5m rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) designed to meet the exacting requirements of elite military and maritime security forces. Manufactured from marine-grade 5086 aluminium alloy and powered by twin inboard-diesel water-jets, the new craft features a robust hybrid closed-cell foam-filled surrounding collar.

“We saw unique opportunities to design a larger aluminium multi-mission high-performance and highly customisable platform,” said CEO Roy Nouhra. “We have collaborated with the marine industry’s finest component manufacturers so as to pair the absolute latest advances in maritime shock-mitigation seating, navigation electronics, and communication systems with the superior performance of our 12.5m design.”

Power comes from twin Volvo Penta D6-435Hp turbocharged diesel engines delivering a total of 870hp. Paired with Hamilton Jet HJ274 waterjets, these engines provide for a maximum speed of 45 knots in full-load condition. The six-cylinder Volvo Penta engines have the added advantage that they can run on diesel, JP5 and JP8 fuels.

According to Nouhra, the platform has been purpose-designed to permit “a higher-level of enduser customisation including many cabin/cockpit/seating configurations”.

Available options include: shock-mitigating seating and flooring systems, modular Dyneema ballistic panels and bullet-resistant glass, wireless headset crew-communication system, and a gyro-stabilised thermal camera. In addition, the 12.5m RHIB can mount multiple crew-served weapon pedestals supporting 12.7mm heavy machine guns and 40mm grenade launchers. On-deck electric connections are available to support most 7.62mm mini-gun variants.

He added: “The unique ASIS 12.5m design solution permits us to customise for many different mission profiles.” Examples include: seating for up to 20 personnel; a removable pilot-house for transport inside fixed-winged aircraft; a hydraulically articulating bow-ramp for riverine and amphibious assault; and modular/ removable assault-force seating to maximise deck space for resupply and other logistics missions.

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