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.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihs.com/contact