The SBS has reportedly been using the VSV since 1999. The VSV (Very Slender Vessel) is designed to pierce the waves rather than ride over them, giving them greater range and speed and making for a smoother ride. Wave piercing boats can also operate in rougher seas than boats with traditional hulls.
Such craft give the SBS long range insertion capability as well as the ability to chase down drug runners. SBS VSVs can be fitted with twin .50 caliber machine guns. VSVs are fitted with sophisticated navigation and communication equipment.
It is believed that the SBS use the VT Halmatic VSV 16. This VSV is 16 meters long and just over 3 meters wide and is powered by 2x750hp engines. The exact composition of the VSV 16 is classified although it is thought to include carbon fibre and kevlar. The angled design of the VSV16 also gives the boats a low radar profile and reduced wake production. This design, combined with radar-absorbent materials and paint, make the boat highly stealthy - perfect for the SBS. Also classified is the VSV 16's exact top speed. This is reported to be in excess of 60 knots.
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VT Halmatic VSV 16
related article : Very Slender Vessel (VSV)
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