The US Navy has ordered up to 35 11-meter special-warfare semi-rigid inflatable boats


According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense on October 1, 2021, United States Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi, was awarded a contract for $ 54,384,301 at a firm fixed price, indefinite delivery / undefined quantity for a maximum of 35 11-meter Navy Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats, trailers, accessories, spare parts and other technical assistance.
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11-meter Navy Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boat. (Image source USMI Boats)

The 11 Meter Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats (11m NSW Rib) are constructed of composites with a reinforced fabric inflatable tube gunwale. They can operate in heavy seas and winds of 45 knots. The 11m NSW RIB carries a crew of three and one SEAL element (eight passengers) in its special naval warfare role and is increasingly used by Naval Expeditionary Warfare in a maritime interdiction / search and seizure role (VBSS), organic to LPD 17-class ships, with a crew of three Navy members and a Marine Corps boarding party. The Navy VBSS variant includes a lifting jack for launching and retrieving LPD 17 class ships.

This contract combines purchases for the Coast Guard (23%) and foreign governments as assigned by the Security and Defense Cooperation Agency in accordance with the capacity building programs of partnership and foreign military sales. The location of the work to be performed will be determined by individual task orders.

The primary role of the NSW RHIB is the insertion and extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF), typically Navy SEALs. This can include shore insertion / extraction or the NSW RHIB can also be used to provide SOF on Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) such as Visiting Board Search Seizure (VBSS).

Other roles include general patrol duties, coastal surveillance and SOF resupply. A squad of 8 fully equipped SEALs + one SWCC crew can fit in a single NSW RHIB.

The 11-meter RIB Naval Special Warfare boat is powered by a Dual Caterpillar 3126 DITA, in-line 6-cylinder, turbocharged and suction-cooled engine. The boat has a length of 11 m, a width of 3.2 and a displacement of 7,892 kg. It can reach a top speed of over 40 knots (64 km / h) with a maximum cruising range of 200 nautical miles (370 km).

The 11 meter RIB Naval Special Warfare boat is armed with an M60 7.62mm, MK19 40mm and M2 .50 cal. submachine gun.


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