Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)


Swiftships’ 45 Meter Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) is an all Steel Hull with Aluminum Super Structure (181.70 LT Half Load, 197.43 LT Full Load) with Top Speed of 40Knots and 1500NM @ 12 knots with a pedigree of 17 copies build in accordance with American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and High Speed Craft (HSC). The Fast Patrol Boat is built to contain and conquer Fast Attack Craft and Fast Inshore Attack Craft threats. It is built using state-of-the-art, high quality components with a 25-year life cycle. The 45 Meter Fast Patrol Boat is a highly survivable and lethal surface vessel and persistent security threats such as terrorism, piracy, smuggling, illegal immigration and other threats of this nature.

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)


The 45 Meter Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) is a modern, robust, and efficient FPV with a capability to operate in all major areas around the world with condition(s) up to sea state 6 survival at the best heading and fully operational capability at sea state 4. It is built using state of the art, high quality components with a 25-year life cycle. The hull and superstructure are constructed of all-welded aluminum alloy in accordance with ABS HSNC regulations. The hull includes 7 watertight bulkheads forming 8 watertight compartments. Boats can be refueled at sea using side-by-side procedures and run on #2 diesel fuel.
Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)


The Fast Patrol Boat is built to contain and conquer Fast Attack Craft and Fast Inshore Attack Craft threats. The main gun is an Aselsan 30mm SMASH remote-controlled stabilised naval gun system mounting an Mk44 Bushmaster-II canon, which is fitted on the forward bow deck. The weapon station is also equipped with an electro-optic sensor system for automatic target tracking and engagement capability. Its dual-feed automatic cannon has a rate of fire of 200 rounds a minute.
Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)


The Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) is powered by Four (4) MTU 16V2000M94 marine diesel engines, driving four Hamilton HT 810 Water jets. The vessel is also fitted with an engine and gearbox control and monitoring system (ADEC). Its shipboard electricity is supplied via two Caterpillar C9 – 200 kW generators and Emergency Generator 50 KW for critical loads. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 40k at normal load and a maximum range of 1,800 nautical miles (nmi) at 12k speed.
Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

Swiftships USA 45M Fast Patrol Boat (FPB)

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Scaling Up Effort to Develop Hypersonics

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Scaling Up Effort to Develop Hypersonics

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is looking to step up its development of hypersonic weapons — missiles that travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound — DOD leaders said at the National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored “Hypersonics Senior Executive Series” here today. In the last year, China has tested more hypersonics weapons than we have in a decade. Russia also is involved in hypersonics. “Hypersonics is a game changer,” said Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. If Russia were to invade Estonia or China were to attack Taiwan tomorrow, it would be difficult to defend against their strike assets.

DOD is looking at air-breathing boost-glide hypersonics systems, the latter being used by China, Griffin said. The United States has the boost-glide system competency to get these developed today. On the flip side, the U.S. needs to develop systems to counter adversary hypersonics. Space-based sensors, along with tracking and fire-control solutions, are needed in the effort to counter adversaries’ hypersonics, Griffin said, pointing out that hypersonics targets are 10 to 20 times dimmer than what the U.S. normally tracks by satellites in geostationary orbit. “We can’t separate hypersonics defense from the space layer,” he said.

 X-51A Waverider under the wing of a B-52 Stratobomber,

X-51A Waverider under the wing of a B-52 Stratobomber,


Congress has given DOD the funding and authorities to move ahead with hypersonics development, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said, and the department wants competing approaches from industry. Tough decisions lay ahead, he said in the development and engineering phase, operationalizing the technology and then in acquisition. Those decisions include how much to invest and how many hypersonics to produce. “Should it be tens of thousands or thousands?” he said.

Industry will respond, Shanahan said, but government needs to clear a path and help fuel the investments up front, as with the effort field intercontinental ballistic missiles decades ago. DOD is not risk-averse, the deputy secretary said. “Break it,” he added. “Learn from the mistake. Move on. Break it again and move on, but don’t make the same mistake.” It’s much more expensive to do the analytics to prevent it from breaking than it is to break it, he said.