Australia bought two additional more ergonomic CAPE patrol boats
CANBERRA, ($1=1.39 Australian Dollars) — On April 19, the Australian Ministry of Defense announced the purchase of two more improved Cape-class patrol boats, costing $91.5 million [AUD 124 million], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Defense Review.
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Compared to the original version of the Cape, the improved version can accommodate an additional 10 people, with internal ergonomics improved for the benefit of the crew. The contract for the six improved Cape, which is intended for the Navy, was signed in 2020 for $231 million.
The improved ships are 57.8 meters long, 10.3 meters wide and three meters deep. These include two Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines with a total output of 3386 hp. and two propellers with 210 hp each. They reach a top speed of 25 knots [46 kilometers per hour]. At a speed of 12 knots [22 kilometers], the maximum range is 4,000 nautical miles [7,408 kilometers]. Their armament consists of two 12.7 mm machine guns.
Cape-class patrol boat
As we reported on April 1 this year, with the ceremony held at the Austal shipyard, the Royal Australian Navy officially received the first Evolved Cape class patrol boat [ECCPB]. Around 400 people were employed in the construction of the ship, which was built in about 18 months and more than 300 supply chain partners worked across Australia. In 2022, Austal is scheduled to deliver an unprecedented 9 new naval vessels to the Commonwealth of Australia, including 4 Evolved Cape-class patrol boats [SEA1445-1] for the Royal Australian Navy and 5 Guardian-class patrol boats for the Foreign Office.
Evolved Cape-class patrol boats need to replace existing Bay-class patrol boats that are still in service with the Royal Australian Navy.
The cape-class patrol boat weighs 400 tons and is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines with an output of 2,525 kW [3,386 hp] at 1,800 rpm. The patrol boat has integrated two ZF 9055A gearboxes, two fixed pitch propellers, and an HRP 2001 TT 160 kW [210 hp] bow thruster for high maneuverability. All this provides the Cape-class patrol boat with a maximum speed of 25 knots or 46 km / h.
The crew of the boat consists of 18 people. The cape-class patrol boat has an operating range of 4,000 nmi [7,400 km; 4,600 mi] at 12 knots [22 km / h; 14 mph] and has 28 days of offshore endurance.
Evolved Cape-class patrol boat has integrated sensors and process systems, such as two electronic chart display and information systems [ECDIS], two gyro compasses, two differential global positioning systems [DGPS], one secure marine automatic identification system [AIS-S], an electro-optical sensor system [EOSS], radars and voyage data recorder [VDR]. The armament of the patrol boat consists of two 50-caliber light machine guns.
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