High-speed patrol boat project 03160 "Raptor" is designed to perform several tasks. Depending on the need, it can carry more than 20 people, including with weapons and equipment; on duty in a given area; intercept and delay light watercraft; as well as carry out search and rescue. The boats of the Raptor project are able to work in the coastal zone of the seas, straits and estuaries. The equipment allows them to perform assigned tasks at any time of the day at a distance of 100 miles from the base.
Launched at the JSC "Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant" Pella ", the speed boat built for the Russian Navy of the 03160 project (" Raptor ") was built for the Russian Navy. Otradnoe, 15.08.2013 (c) JSC "Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant" Pella "
The head boat of the project has the greatest length of about 17 meters, width - about 4 meters. The power plant with a total horsepower 2000 allows Raptor to accelerate to 50 nodes. Own crew of the boat - two people. In addition, there is a room with places for 22 people - troops, doctors, etc., depending on the current task.
Externally, the boat, built at the Pella factory, very much resembles the Swedish multi-purpose boats of the Strb 90H project (also known as CombatBoat 90 or CB90), which we wrote about not so long ago. The reason for this is very simple - according to available data, the 03160 project was developed on the basis of the Swedish Strb 90H / CB90 with the participation of Dockstavarvet, which created and built the original boats. Thus, the Russian “Raptor” is actually a licensed version of the Swedish boat, which supplements the list of numerous options, modifications and versions of the original Strb 90H.
Based on the "origin" of the project 03160, we can draw the appropriate conclusions about its capabilities. Boats of the Strb 90H / CB90 family are actively operated by the naval forces and security forces of Sweden, Norway, the United States, Greece and other countries. In all of these states, Swedish boats are used to patrol waters, disembark landing and search and rescue operations. Judging by the appearance of the leading Russian "Raptor", he will also perform these tasks. This is supported by the preservation of the nasal amphibious assault landing and the almost complete absence of any major changes in the design of the boat.
As can be seen from the available materials, boats of the 03160 project, like their Swedish “predecessors”, have a ramp and a passage for landing on the coast in the bow. Immediately behind the aisle is the cabin with the workplaces of two crew members. Behind the cabin there is a troop compartment with places for the group being transported. When disembarking through the nasal ramp paratroopers pass through the wheelhouse. It is also possible to land through the upper and rear hatches of the landing compartment.
[Center]Built for the Russian Navy at the JSC "Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant" Pella "the head speed boat of the 03160 project (" Raptor ") before launching into the water. Otradnoe, 15.08.2013 (c) JSC "Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant" Pella "[/ Center]
The photographs of the head "Raptor" is missing any weapons. Nevertheless, the foreign experience and mission of the boat suggests that it will be installed in the future. Its exact composition is still unknown, but it can be assumed that the boats of the 03160 project will be installed machine guns of various models, including large-caliber. As international practice shows, almost any necessary armament can be installed on such boats, even guided missiles (Norway conducted an experiment with the installation of Hellfire missiles, but these works remained at the stage of test firing).
The specific purpose of the new boat and the unit in which it will serve have not been announced at this time. However, from the camouflage applied to it, appropriate conclusions were drawn. A similar color with the characteristic "chopped" colored spots get high-speed project 12150A "Mongoose", designed for special forces of the navy. Thus, the Raptor boats in the near future may go to serve precisely in such units.
The fact that the Russian enterprise Pella has created a new boat for the domestic fleet based on the Swedish development looks quite interesting. Earlier, Russia and Sweden were not engaged in joint development or construction of military equipment, including for the fleet. At the same time, the head boat of the 03160 project is not the first light multi-purpose vessel of the Strb 90H / CB90 family to be commissioned in our country. From 2004 to 2012, the Federal Guard Service bought 11 boats like IC16MII, built by the Swedish company Dockstavarvet. The IC16MII boats are a revised version of the Strb 90H / CB90 martial designed for use by security forces and civilian organizations.
Thus, the Russian Navy in the very near future will take advantage of the best practices of foreign shipbuilders in building light multipurpose boats. Workers of the Russian shipbuilding industry, in turn, gained access to the technological part of a foreign project. Over the coming years, a new multi-purpose boat can be created on the basis of the 03160 project, which has higher performance and better capabilities than the Raptor. In the meantime, the Navy will receive a number of boats built in the framework of international cooperation.
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