Australian glass fibre boat manufacturer Steber International has been awarded a contract to provide five 38 ft-long vessels to support the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) deployable mine countermeasure project.
“[The] Steber vessels will be configured as unmanned surface vessels [USVs] and mine countermeasure [MCM] support boats that deploy systems to protect our navy assets,” Australian Defence Minister Marine Payne was quoted by the company as saying in a 27 February statement.
The contract, which was awarded by prime contractor Thales Australia, is worth more than AUD6 million (USD4.6 million), according to local media reports.
The vessels will have a top speed of 25 kt, a payload in excess of three tonnes, and feature a new naval paint scheme, said the company, adding that the project is scheduled for staged delivery across 2018-19.
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