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New Pacific 24's for the Royal Navy
VT Halmatic win MOD contract
 
 

VT Halmatic the UK’s major military and commercial RIB manufacturer has secured the contract to manufacture the Royal Navy’s next generation of naval seaboat, following detailed trials and evaluation by the Ministry of Defence.

The new Pacific 24 is based on a highly proven hull form that offers exceptional seakeeping and load carrying ability. Powered by a single 6-cylinder Yanmar marine diesel driving a Hamilton HJ 241 waterjet the craft is capable of service speeds in excess of 39 knots.

The boat incorporates modern materials such as carbon and kevlar in it’s construction, combined with modern communications and other equipment required to support the key roles that the boat is designed to undertake.

The 7.80m RIB features an aft helm position for 2 crew and removable modular seating for up to 6 passengers in front of the engine box.

A highly innovative all composite single point lifting arrangement is fitted to enable the craft to be safely launched and retrieved by the Navy’s current and future surface vessels. An inflatable self-righting system is fitted.

VT Halmatic has also been awarded a further contract to build additional Pacific 22 MkII RIBs for the Ministry of Defence. This model has now been in continual production since 2000.

Pacfic 24
 Overall length  7.80 m
 Overall beam  2.57 m
 Draught  0.54 m approx.
 Height (ex. aerials)  2.30m
 Hosting weight  2500kgs
 Fuel  165 litres
 Engine  Yanmar 6LYA-STP
 WaterJet  Hamilton HJ 241
 Speed  39 knots

December 2004