Supacat is unveiling the high performance SC12 Rib (Rigid Inflatable Boat) at DSEi where its capabilities will be demonstrated on the River Thames throughout the show.
An established prime contractor to the UK MoD, Supacat has teamed with Norwegian boat builder, Goldfish Boat, to offer into the UK market the 12m SC12 and a 9m variant, SC9, which are developments of craft already proven and in-service with NATO Forces.
Supacat will provide the UK based engineering support, project management and through life support functions for SC12 and SC9, marking a further expansion by Supacat into the maritime defence sector. Supacat is able to draw on the marine capabilities of its parent SC Group’s sister businesses, marine engineer Proteum and specialist engineer SC Innovation responsible for the SMV24 multi-role support vessel.
Goldfish has a 24 year history in designing high performance RIBs renowned for high speed, agility and durability to meet the demanding military applications and are backed with an international racing pedigree. The innovative hull design and power integration of SC12 and SC9 create a responsive, manoeuvrable and powerful platform for the user and achieve speeds in excess of 50 knots.
The fully integrated C4ISR system enables rapid decision making and response times providing the user with tactical options through configurable, easily accessible and shareable C4ISR feeds. Human machine interface (HMI) and power delivery enable intuitive and precise boat handling in the most demanding operational conditions.
In-service with NATO Forces Goldfish Boat’s RIBs have proven aerial dispatch and air delivery capabilities, capable of being deployed by CH47, A400M and C17 aircraft, enabling a flexible response and ease of recovery. The platform is adaptable and can be re-configured for mission specific requirements. Deck space can also be reconfigured with the position of equipment and personnel optimised for each mission. SC12 meets the most demanding payload requirements and the design has provision for future growth.
Ben Gaffney, Supacat’s Deputy Head of New Programmes, said, “The SC12 and SC9 represent a step change in maritime capability. The platforms are supremely responsive, deployable and reconfigurable with intuitive, bespoke HMI. The C4ISR system provides the end user with superior situational awareness and the sophisticated craft design will ensure the end user is delivered to target without the high levels of fatigue induced by some inferior designs and in a much better condition to conduct operations”.