IDEX 2017

Agile sentinel [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

Ferretti Security and Defence (FSD), Ferretti Group’s new division dedicated to the military, paramilitary and security market, is showing off the capabilities of its 20m FSD195 fast patrol vessel at NAVDEX 2017.

FSD draws on Ferretti Group’s long-established pedigree in the motor yacht sector – the company has built more than 10,000 craft and boasts some of the most prestigious brands in the yachting world including Riva, Ferretti Yachts, Itama and CRN.

To meet the needs of the navy, coastguard, security and police markets, FSD has designed a portfolio of vessels able to meet a wide range of operational requirements. The FSD195 demonstrator is the first of these designs to be translated into prototype form.

Outfitted at Ferretti group’s Cattolica shipyard near Rimini, and launched in August 2016, the craft offers a range of more than 800km and is capable of achieving sustained speeds in excess of 50 knots. During a week of initial sea trials, during which time the vessel covered 1,750km, the FSD195 demonstrated excellent seakeeping characteristics despite severe weather and sea conditions.

For NAVDEX 2017, the FSD195 demonstrator has an eye-catching splinter camouflage scheme, and has been equipped with a weapon/sensor fit provided by Leonardo. This includes a Hitrole 12.7mm remotely controlled gun mounted forward, and a Janus electro-optical surveillance and fire control system. FSD has also looked at a more offensive role fit, which could include a pair of MBDA Marte Mk 2 anti-ship missiles on the stern, and a Rheinmetall armouring kit on the boundaries of the operating area.

The FSD195 has also been equipped with an innovative dual-band satellite telecommunications system provided by Skytech.

To further build its presence in the region, Ferretti Group has signed an agreement with UAE-based Siham Al Khaleej Technology (SAKT). The tie-up with SAKT is intended to help boost FSD’s penetration of the security and defence sector in the Gulf.

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