Taking advantage of its experience acquired with its RAPTOR and SHARK patrol vessels, Brazilian boatbuilder DGS Defense has launched two new boats – the DGS 888 EPF (river patrol boat) and DGS 11 EPI (patrol and interdiction boat) Both are aimed at the armed forces and security agencies at home and abroad and construction is ready to begin immediately, according to a company statement.
Designed specifically for the riverine environment, the DGS 888 EPF is optimised for patrol, reconnaissance, or area control missions. The DGS 11 EPI, on the other hand, is designed to meet the operational and logistical requirements of patrol and interception missions.
“Brazil has continental dimensions, with thousands of kilometres of navigable rivers, many of which constitute the border limits of the territory, which makes unquestionable the need for the armed forces and corps of security to have boats specially designed for the riverine environment,” commented DGS Defense Executive Director, Fuad Gatti Kouri, adding he has been “observing a growing demand on the part of the armed forces and security agencies for ships specially developed for patrolling and interception actions, both in maritime and coastal environments. In order to offer a product that meets these demands, considering the most modern hull, propulsion, electrical and electronic technology, the DGS 11 EPI was developed.”
Factors influencing design included: simplicity of operation; high levels of performance and manoeuvrability; a hull with high impact and abrasion resistance; adaptable for ballistic protection systems and weapon mounts; ability to offer high volumes of fire; a long life-cycle; and low maintenance costs.
The Rigid Hybrid Tubular Boats (ETRH) – a technology exclusive to DGS – lends the boats the following characteristics:
- DGS 888 EPF - length 9.2m, beam 2.85m, load capacity 1,500kg and six passengers;
- DGS 11 EPI - length 11m, beam 3.30m, load capacity 3,000kg and crew of 12.
Each boat comes with three engine options, aimed at meeting a wide range of mission specifications. The armour system envisages Level III protection for the engines, specific to each optional fit. Finally, either boat can be delivered fully fitted out or in a basic version, incorporating only lighting, communications and visual and acoustic signalling.
Santiago Rivas and Florencia Lucero Heguy in Buenos Aires for MON