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Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

10 August 2018
The Brazilian Navy's Com8DN has received its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack craft. Source: Luiz Padilha

The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense.

The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces the service’s ability to execute a wide range of missions in the 1,350 km 2 Itaipu Lake, which borders Brazil and Paraguay and hosts a major hydro-electric power plant. Poraquê will make it easier to conduct operations with other local government agencies.

The high-speed hybrid tubular rigid boat is 9.2 m long, has a beam of 2.85 m, weighs 4.8 tonnes and has a maximum operational weight of 6.8 tonnes. Operated by a crew of one with space for up to 14 passengers, it has a range of 600 km and can achieve speeds in excess of 35 kt.

A fully armoured cabin and hull provide ballistic protection to Level NIJ III.

The boat is propelled by a 570 hp FPT Industrial N67 EVO turbo diesel and Alamarin-Jet AJ340 waterjet. A navigation radar, air conditioning unit, GPS, communications fit, electronic chart display and information system, machine gun mounts, public address system and LED-based searchlights are standard equipment.

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