The £1million high-speed Stormblade, capable of carrying six commandos, proved unsinkable in trials with its self-righting hull. The SBS needs a boat for anti-terrorist operations across the UK
Boat Service Special Commandos test a new armored vehicle capable of a speed of 50 knots.
The £1million high-speed Stormblade, capable of carrying six commandos, proved unsinkable in trials with its self-righting hull.
The SBS must also be able to support operations behind enemy lines, sabotage missions, rescue hostages, and intercept enemy targets.
It’s designed to be brought into action with a Chinook helicopter or parachuted from a C-130 Hercules.
Nicknamed the Interceptor, it features radar, electronics to destroy remote-controlled bombs, a night vision system, and its crew can talk to supporting aircraft and warships.
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The flat-bottomed, rigid-hulled inflatable boat with remote controlled machine guns fore and aft would replace the Pacific 950 used by the SBS.
Speedboat interception is the hallmark of SBS operations. In 2020, 16 SBS troops stormed the Nave Andromeda off the Isle of Wight and took it from Nigerian blind hijackers in just nine minutes.
A senior source said: “When our people have to intercept a boat and rescue British nationals they need speed and surprise. Fast, intelligent boats deliver that.”
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