The Australian government has signed a contract for interdiction rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that will be operated from the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) future Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
A contract for vessels, which has been awarded to Finland-based Boomeranger Boats, will see the delivery of two davit-launched 8.5 m RHIBs and one 10.5 m ramp-launched RHIB for each of the 12 OPVs. Each of these RHIBs will be equipped with inboard engines.
Five more boats will also be supplied in the contract on top of these 36 RHIBs but Boomeranger Boats has not given details on the lengths of the additional vessels.
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