Super Dvora Mk-III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Super Dvora Mark 3 and Super Dvora Mark-III
Corporations: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)
Parent System: Super Dvora Mk-III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 13
Description: Super Dvora Mk-III is a modern new generation fast patrol/interdiction craft intended to replace 30 years old Dabur, Dvora, Super Dvora Mk-I and Super Dvora Mk-II fast patrol vessels in service with the Israel Navy. The procurement contract was awarded in January 2002 to RAMTA, an IAI division, covering six Super Dvora Mk-III with options on five additional vessels. The craft was developed during two years between RAMTA and the Israel Navy (ISN).
The Super Dvora Mk-III craft features interception of sea target at high-speeds approaching 50 knots; long range missions thanks to at sea replenishment capability beyond a typical four-day endurance; high maneuverability in both open ocean and littoral environment; stable seakeeping in a variety of sea states and very harsh weather; and the capability to integrate advanced, stabilized, precision naval weapons and sensors. The overall vessel displacement varies from 72 to 58 tons depending on the mission package.
The propulsion system comprises two diesel engines (Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000) driving to articulated surface drives, which were originally designed for competitive speedboats. Articulated surface drives provide the vessel with thrust vectoring control similar to the most advanced fighter aircraft such as Russian Su-35/37. This propulsion system allows Super Dvora Mk-III to operate in shallow waters at drafts of 1.2 meters facilitating special operations forces delivery on enemy shores and disaster relief missions.
These vessels also feature a low operating costs through their projected lifecycle. The first Super Dvora Mk-III was delivered to ISN on July 27, 2004, and thereafter began sea trials and crew training program. The vessel was finally commissioned by the ISN on November 11, 2004. Two more vessels were commissioned on 13 July 2005 at the Ashdod Naval Base on the Mediterranean coast.
The Israel Navy accepted the delivery of the three final Super Dvora Mark III fast patrol and attack crafts at the Ashdod naval base on 18 September 2006. Thus concluding Phase One of this program. Under Phase Two IAI/Ramta will build and deliver four additional Super Dvora Mark III crafts equipped with a waterjet propulsion system in place of the Arneson Surface Drive-16 propulsion systems of Phase One boats. Thus, Super Dvora Mark III will form Israel Navy's patrol fleet modernization program core. The main purpose of these ships is to prevent smuggling of arms to the Gaza strip.
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