X38 COMBAT & PATROL CAT
The Combat Cat is a revolutionary stepped-hull high-speed power catamaran design, configured for military, patrol or SAR use. It offers superior sea-keeping, efficiency, speed and safety in all operating conditions.
The Combat Cat is designed to offer multiple mission profile capabilities with speeds of up to 40 knots per hour, using twin outboards. It is ideally suited for rapid response, amphibious deployment of commandos or regular patrol work. Offering significantly less cost and risk than other high-value patrol or combat assets it can provide covert striking power against critical targets, as well as protecting inshore and offshore resources and assets.
It can be equipped with enhanced features for special warfare operations, or used for reconnaissance, surveillance, law enforcement, counter-piracy, medical evacuation and rescue operations. This cutting-edge exclusive design incorporates stealth characteristics to minimise radar detection in hostile operating conditions. The Combat boat will have a crew of 4 and is capable of carrying an additional 10-12 fully equipped troops.
The foredeck area has a sunken gun-well, suited for installation of a forward/side facing main gun-point, for M240 7.62 calibre, M-60, 7.62mm, 12.7 mm or 40mm grenade launchers. Two large deck hatches and a folding ladder ensure fast and direct access forward, for amphibious assaults and beach landings.
The cabin accommodates a Captain/Navigator, helmsman, engineer and gunner, while troops are accommodated in restrained transport seats in the hulls. The stern area of the boat has space for 2 side / rear facing light machine guns and an aft deck in the centre suitable for boarding, or for diving and recovery operations.
This is a hi-speed, dual-purpose gunboat and troop carrier. More options for regular naval forces, special forces (Special Boat Service) and Army amphibious forces.
Intended for the benefit of naval SBS commandos and according to the website ‘stopwapenhandel’ , “the relationship between the Nigerian Navy and TP Marine(Holland) started in 2009 with the sale of 20 high-speed troop-carrying catamarans for 4.8 million euros. These K38 vessels “can provide covert striking power against critical targets, as well as protecting offshore resources and assets.”
The ultramodern 11.8-meter combat catamarans reportedly went into commercial production in 2009.
According to the Company’s website, TP Marine have thereafter been contracted to refurbish six patrol ships for the Nigerian Navy.
With additional information from the TP Marine online portal