Turkey’s ARES Shipyard announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply 14 ARES 85 HERCULES multi-role patrol boats to the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG).
The contract was signed between the Inspector General of Royal Oman Police (ROP) and General Manager of ARES. This is Turkey’s first naval vessel supply contract with Oman.
ARES Chairman & Executive Director, Mr. Kerim KALAFATOGLU: “I’d like to highlight with pride that this is the first ever naval export program of Turkish Republic history to Oman. And yet, another record breaking program has again been accomplished by ARES.”
The ARES 85 HERCULES vessels are fully customized to meet the ROPCG’s needs, and provide the agency with a much-expanded capability to patrol and secure the nation’s waters.
The vessels have an overall length of 25.95 m, a beam of 5.85 m, a draught of 1.20 m and a displacement of 70 Tons. They are build by fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites and has a maximum speed of 45+ knots.
The ARES 85 HERCULES boats are armed with a 12.7-mm auto stabilized remote controlled naval gun providing them versatile firepower that can be adapted to a wide variety of potential scenarios. The vessel is equipped with a suite of maritime communications equipment, electro optic (E/O) sensors and X-band Naval Radars.
The vessel can launch and recover a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) for boarding, and search and rescue (SAR) missions.
The new boats are capable of conducting Offshore and Littoral Waters Law-Enforcement and Open Sea Rescue Operations and Naval Duties such as:
– Coast Guard Duties, Offshore Patrolling and Escort,
– Search and Rescue (SAR), Anti-smuggling Operations,
– Anti-Terrorist Protection of Offshore and Coastal Installations and Critical Infrastructure,
– Surveillance and Covert Surveillance,
– Border Patrol, Anti-Human Trafficking, Customs Duties