Along with rendered images and video, Austal (exhibiting at NAVDEX at stand A-015) has released information on the new Maritime Security and Mine Warfare variants, which expand upon the existing Border Protection variant, currently utilised by the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy across a fleet of eight vessels currently in operation.
Highlighting the recent launch of two more CAPE-class Patrol Boats at the Henderson Western Australia shipyard, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the CAPE-class has continued to generate interest from operators around the world, becoming a true benchmark for effective maritime border patrol capability. “These new variants build upon the Cape’s success to offer even greater mission flexibility and fleet utilisation options. With our ‘NEW CAPEability’ range, operators may now perform multiple, complex missions that have been traditionally carried out by larger, more expensive vessels,” Singleton remarked.
The new Maritime Security variant adds new weapons including a 30mm stabilised main gun, 2x12.7mm remote controlled guns, provision for short range anti-surface missile system, plus aviation support - in the form of a dedicated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launch pad, workshop and operations room.
The new Mine Warfare variant offers further multiple-mission capability with anti-mine warfare (MUW) packages (including an unmanned surface vessel, USV for mine sweeping). There is also a workshop and operations room that allows for additional mission profiles such as hydrographic survey.
The two variants add to the existing Border Protection variant that is already in operation with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy; providing essential maritime border protection, surveillance and interdiction support throughout Australia’s maritime jurisdiction.
The NEW CAPEability variants are a low risk solution for operators seeking a vessel platform that offers high-performance across multiple mission profiles, reliably and economically. Austal’s proven success in customisation means that new designs may be tailored to meet specific regional or operating requirements quickly and easily.