Super Dvora Mk III-class patrol boat

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Class overview
Name: Super Dvora Mark III
Builders: IAI-Ramta
Operators:  Israeli Sea Corps (10)
 Sri Lanka Navy (6)
Preceded by: Super Dvora Mk II class patrol boat
In commission: 2004[1]
Planned: 16
Active: 16
General characteristics ([2][3])
Type: Fast patrol boat
Displacement: 60 tons full load
Length: 27.4 metres (90 ft) (incl. ASD platform)
Beam: 5.67 metres (18.6 ft)
Draught: 1.1 metres (3.6 ft)
Propulsion: 2x Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000 M90 (4175 hp total) and 2x Arneson Surface Drive-16 articulating propulsion systems
Speed: 45 knots (83 km/h)-50 knots (93 km/h)
Range: 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Armament: 1 x Typhoon 25-30 mm stabilized cannon/Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, 2 x 12.7 mm General Purpose Machine Gun

Super Dvora Mark III is the latest generation of the venerable Dvora family of fast patrol boats or fast attack crafts (FPB/FAC). Manufactured by IAI Ramta in 2004[1] these vessels are capable of speeding up to 50 knots (93 km/h) 58 mph in littoral waters thanks to its state of the art thrust vectoring control Articulated Surface Drives (ASD) while holding various armaments up to 30 mm cannons in its armory.[3][4][5][6]


The Super Dvora Mk-III craft features interception of sea target at high-speeds approaching 50 knots (93 km/h); long range missions thanks to its sea replenishment ability ahead of a typical four-day endurance; high maneuverability in both open ocean and littoral environment; steady sea keeping in a range of sea states and very callous weather; and the ability to incorporate advanced, stabilized, accurate marine arsenal and sensors. Taken as a whole, vessel displacement varies from 72 to 58 tons depending on the operation package.[4][5]

These vessels are fast and agile, and designed to reach and maintain high operating tempos. Its hull geometry provides constant sea keeping at all speeds, and a dry deck throughout high-speed runs and tracking down.[7]

Propulsion system[edit]

The propulsion system consists of two Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000 (4175 hp total)[2] engines driving two articulated surface drives, which were initially designed for competitive speedboats. Arneson Surface Drive-16 articulating propulsion systems drives provide the vessel with thrust vectoring control. Beside those systems, Mk IIIs are also equipped with ZF4650 reduction gears, Kamewa 63SII water jets and intakes.[3][6]

Their thrust-vectoring propulsion system allows Super Dvora Mk-III to function in shallow waters at drafts of 1.2 meters facilitating special operations forces delivery on enemy shores and catastrophe relief missions.[3][4][7]


The Super Dvora Mk. III design is robust to allow for the installation of Typhoon 25-30 mm stabilized cannon, light or heavy machine guns, all of which can be slaved to state-of the art mast-mounted, day/night, long range electro-optic systems including Elbit/El-Op sensors and targeting systems.[2][4][5][7][8]


IAI-Ramta is currently working on a number of new configuration upgrade packages for the Super Dvora platform as Strike and Littoral Warrior, which consists of a variety of highly advanced precision weapon systems.[8]


Super Dvora Mk III mounted with a 25 mm Typhoon stabilized cannon.
  • 48 Tons (Standard)
  • 54 Tons (Full Load)
  • Length: 73 ft 5 in (22.4 M)
  • Beam: 18' (5.5 M)
  • Draft: 3 ft 3 in (1.0 M)
  • 4175 total BHP
  • 2 MTU type 12v4000M90 diesels
  • 2 Arneson outdrive semi-submersible props/*2 KaMeWa SII63 water jets
  • Speed: 45 knots (83 km/h)
  • Range: 700 nmi (1,300 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
  • 9-12 total
Combat Systems
  • Missiles: AGM-114 Hellfire (Surface-to-surface type)
  • Guns: 2x20 mm AA, 2x12.7 mm MG, one 84MM Recoilless gun
  • Radars: 1 Raytheon type
  • E/O: El-Op MSIS Weapon Director

Further reading[edit]

Israel Aerospace Industries. "Information on Israel's largest aerospase concerns" (PDF). IAI News. Fourth quarter, 2004 (Issue 12): 12. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 

Preceded by
Super Dvora Mk II
Dvora series Succeeded by
latest model


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  2. ^ a b c "Military: Super Dvora". 2006-07-27. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d "$15.5M for Israeli Fast Patrol Boat Propulsion". Watershed Publishing LLC. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Super Dvora Mk III". israeli-weapons. 2006-11-17. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "Super Dvora". 2005-04-27. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Super Dvora Mk-III - Super Dvora Mk-III". Deagel. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  7. ^ a b c "Patrol BoatsFast Patrol/Attack Craft". Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Super Dvora Mk III Fast Patrol Boat". Defense Update. 2002-07-08. Retrieved 2007-11-01.