Two New-Generation High-Speed Patrol Boats Raptor to Be Introduced Into Russian Navy
(Source: Russian Ministry of Defense; issued Nov 17, 2015)
The last of eight new-generation Raptor combat boats ordered by the Russian navy has was launched on Nov. 14, and the first will be commissioned by late November (Russian MoD photo)
Two new generation boats Raptor (project 03160), which are the last of the 8 boats built by the “Pella” factory in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Navy, will have been introduced into the Navy by the end of November after all technical and formal tests are passed. The last boat was set afloat on November 14.

Raptor patrol boats are designed for carrying out transportation and rapid landing tasks for approximately 20-man strong marine units day and night.

The boats can efficiently patrol assigned sea areas, intercept and stop naval targets and carry out rescue missions in their areas of responsibility.

Raptors can also protect ships and vessels’ stationing points from attacks of small-sized naval, air and ground targets at unsafe roadsteads.

Raptor patrol boats can carry out short-range missions (up to 100 nautical miles from their stationing points). The boats can operate both in sea areas and in straits and river estuaries.

The patrol boat of the project 03160 has a hull length of 17 metres, hull width of 4 metres and speed up to 50 knots. The planning of inside quarters allows to transport up to 20 servicemen: marines, landing troops or rescue personnel. Equipment onboard includes a 14.5 mm multi-purpose remotely controlled combat module and two 7,62 mm machine guns.

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