Rigid buoyancy [ID18D2]

07 November 2018

A full-sized black boat enveloped in mock sea spray constitutes a striking display of the latest development by Balakosa Balin Indonesia PT (BBI, Hall B, Stand B315), writes Sam J Basch.

What sets this vessel apart from a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) is the V-shaped rigid hull as a result of the tube structure consisting of polyethylene foam with a polyurea coating.

The BBI shipyard claims the 12m Rigid Buoyancy Boat (RBB) is a world-first. The material has been tested for ballistic penetration by small arms bullets ranging from 9mm pistol to 5.56mm and 7.62mm sniper ammunition.

The rigid boat, capable of speeds up to 40 knots, is exceptionally stable as a result of low laminar air resistance. It is powered by a pair of 250hp Evinrude I-Tech engines and carries up to 12 personnel, with an additional two crew members and a pilot.

According to BBI, the RBB is ideal for operations such as beach patrol and search and rescue.

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