Shaldag-class fast patrol boat

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Israeli Navy Shaldag
Class overview
Name: Shaldag
Builders: Israel Shipyards Ltd.
Operators:  Israeli Sea Corps,
 Sri Lanka Navy,
 Nigerian Navy,[1]
 Equatorial Guinea Navy[2]
Cyprus Cyprus Port and Marine Police[3]
In commission: 1989
General characteristics
Type: fast patrol boat
Displacement: 72 ton
Length: 24.8 metres
Beam: 6 metres
Draught: 1.2 metres
Propulsion: 2x MTU 12V 396 TE engines driving two steerable KaMeWa water jets
Speed: 50 knots (Full Speed), 45 knots (Cruising Speed)
Capacity: up to 6 ton
Armament: 1 x Typhoon Weapon System with 25 mm gun, 1 x Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, 2 x 0.5" General Purpose Machine Gun, depth charges

The Shaldag class Fast Patrol Boat (Hebrew: שלדג‎) is a small but fast class of patrol boats developed for the Israeli Sea Corps (ISC) and launched in 1989, it has since seen service with several other navies. Designed for security tasks where high intercept speeds are required, such as interdiction of terrorism and illegal smuggling. Its salient features are as follows:

  • High speed in rough seas, with good seakeeping and outstanding maneuverability
  • Exceptionally low slamming in all sea states
  • Dry decks at all speeds
  • Very spacious and accessible internal arrangement

Design and construction[edit]

Shaldag class Fast Patrol Boat of the Israeli Navy in the Mediterranean

The hull, deck and deckhouse are of welded marine aluminium alloy, with transverse frames and longitudinals. Integral double bottom tanks contain fuel with an additional gravity fuel tank at the center. The hull is divided into six watertight compartments which meet strict international flooded damage stability criteria.

Armament[edit]

Typhoon G - mounting an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon and electro-optics systems on foredeck and aftdeck rings for 20 mm. single gun mount Spigots for 0.5" machine guns on both sides of the main deck. The boat is able to accommodate most advanced new weapon systems, such as the rapid-fire stabilized gun mount, remotely controlled by a night vision system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200909100306.html
  2. ^ "Equatorial Guinea Navy (Equatorial Guinea), The market - Middle East and Africa", Jane’s, retrieved 2010-04-16 
  3. ^ Wertheim, Eric (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2.