TEL AVIV – The desert-based shipyard of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will soon deliver three new Super Dvora Mk3 fast patrol craft to the Israel Navy, a Navy officer told Defense News on Wednesday.
The first of the three vessels, purchased from IAI’s Beersheba-based Ramta Division in September 2013, arrived at the Navy’s Mediterranean base in Ashdod last month and is now undergoing acceptance trials.
Once certified, it will replace the last of the Navy’s Dabur-class craft, which was recently decommissioned after more than 40 years of service.
“The first will be delivered in the coming few weeks, and the other two will follow by the end of the year,” the officer said. “This is a major improvement in our fast patrol and interdiction capabilities … and we intend to buy more.”
In a recent interview, Rear Adm. Yossi Ashkenazi, head of the Navy’s Materiel Command, said the service has earmarked funds in its multiyear modernization plan for additional fast craft from IAI as well as Israel Shipyards, the Haifa-based producer of the Shaldag Mk3.
“We are constantly upgrading our patrol boat fleets with these two contractors, both of which are well versed in our operational needs,” Ashkenazi said. He added, “It is MoD’s policy to give work to both of those industries.”
With regard to IAI’s Ramta Division, Ashkenazi said the service was extremely satisfied with the firm’s performance. “Only in Israel can you find a top-rate shipyard in the center of the desert.”
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Super Dvora Mk-III
Super Dvora Mk-III is a modern new generation fast patrol/interdiction craft intended to replace 30 years old Dabur, Dvora, Super Dvora Mk-I and Super Dvora Mk-II fast patrol vessels in service with the Israel Navy. The procurement contract was awarded in January 2002 to RAMTA, an IAI division, covering six Super Dvora Mk-III with options on five additional vessels. The craft was developed during two years between RAMTA and the Israel Navy (ISN).
The Super Dvora Mk-III craft features interception of sea target at high-speeds approaching 50 knots; long range missions thanks to at sea replenishment capability beyond a typical four-day endurance; high maneuverability in both open ocean and littoral environment; stable seakeeping in a variety of sea states and very harsh weather; and the capability to integrate advanced, stabilized, precision naval weapons and sensors. The overall vessel displacement varies from 72 to 58 tons depending on the mission package.
Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000
The propulsion system comprises two diesel engines (Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000) driving to articulated surface drives, which were originally designed for competitive speedboats. Articulated surface drives provide the vessel with thrust vectoring control similar to the most advanced fighter aircraft such as Russian Su-35/37. This propulsion system allows Super Dvora Mk-III to operate in shallow waters at drafts of 1.2 meters facilitating special operations forces delivery on enemy shores and disaster relief missions.
Beam: 5.74 meter (18.8 foot)
Draft: 1.30 meter
Length: 27.4 meter (90 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Max Range: 1,250 nautical mile (2,315 kilometer)
Top Speed: 48 knot (24.8 mps)
Full Displacement: 72 ton