A SUPER DVORA Mark III fast patrol boat races on the Mediterranean Ocean. Photo: Courtesy IAI
The Israel Navy will receive three new Super Dvora fast patrol boats, used for daily patrols and counter-terrorism missions along the coastline, from Israel Aerospace Industries, the defense company announced on Sunday.
Commenting on the order for new boats, Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, said his company’s “commitment to the Israel Navy is among the deepest of Israeli and international defense industries.”
The boats will be the fourth generation of their kind, and were developed jointly by IAI and the navy according to specifications that stem from operational needs, it added.In addition to protecting coastlines, the Mark 3-type vessels can be used to help protect strategic assets at sea, such as Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone, and disrupt smuggling attempts, IAI said.
“The boats include an advanced propulsion system to allow sharp and quick maneuvering as well as unique speed tailored to various modern threats, and are equipped with a variety of combat, detection, defense and attack capabilities. The Super Dvoras incorporate these features in their relatively small dimensions, while maintaining operational flexibility, the crew’s safety and survivability of the vessel,” a statement by IAI said.
“Signing this contract strengthens and establishes IAI’s position with the world’s leading companies in the design and manufacture of vessels for missions which require strong operational capabilities as well as uncompromising reliability.”
Dvora patrol boats work in formations to secure the northern, central and southern parts of the coastline.