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Netherlands replaces or upgrades FRISCs

The Netherlands plans to upgrade its FRISCs or replace them with Future Fast Interceptors. (Dutch Ministry of Defence)

The Netherlands is replacing or upgrading its 50 fast raiding, interception and special forces craft (FRISCs), Defence Minister Henk Kamp told the Dutch parliament on 25 October.

The boats are scheduled to reach the end of their service lives in 2024, which will be extended by 10 years for the ones that are upgraded, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website the same day. Other FRISCs are to be replaced by 13 longer range Future Fast Interceptors (FFIs).

In addition, the possibility of using hybrid engines is being examined. To reduce physical stress on the boats' crews and passengers, the upgraded FRISCs will be equipped with better shock-absorbing seats and the FFIs with shock impact sensors. The FFI will also be equipped with a vessel-mounted camera and high-speed navigation system.

The FFIs will be able to carry up to 12 passengers, compared with eight for existing FRISCs, and will have more space for equipment.

The Dutch MoD is looking for suppliers for the FFIs, which will be subject to extensive testing, including of physical stress on passengers.

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