Russian Navy Launches 14th Project 03160 Raptor High-Speed Patrol Boat

The Russian Navy launched its 14th  Project 03160 Raptor high-speed patrol boat at the Pella shipbuilding plant in St. Petersburg, the Ministry of Defence announced.

The statement from the MOD added that the vessel will join the Navy’s Baltic Fleet after the completion of the sea trials.

The Raptor (Project 03160) high-speed patrol boats are designed and being built by JSC Pella Shipyard based in Leningrad, Russia.

The boats are around 17 meters long and 4 meters wide. The 2000 hp engine allows the Raptor to achieve the speed of 50 knots (more than 90 km/h) and a range of around 100 miles (160km).

The boat is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station to hold a 14.5mm machine gun, as well as a gyro-stabilised, electro-optical module (GOEM). It also carries two 7.62mm 6P41 Pecheneg machine gun at the stern.

The vessel has a crew complement of two and can transport up to 20 people on board. The boats also have special cabins for inspection and anti-terrorist groups, divers or rescue teams.

The boat can be deployed in a wide range of missions, including patrolling, search-and-rescue (SAR), anti-sabotage and counter-terrorism.

Project 03160 Raptor patrol boats are similar in design to the Swedish Navy’s Combat Boat 90 (CB90) which are designed and manufactured by Swedish shipbuilder Dockstavarvet since 1989. It is not known whether the boats are licensed versions of CB90.

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