Norway gets fast patrol boat

April 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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PARIS, April 2 (UPI) -- The Norwegian navy has received the fourth of six fast patrol boats produced by DCNS of France and two Norwegian companies.

The P964-Glimt was delivered late last week and is part of Norway's Skjold maritime security program for littoral waters.

The Skjold class P964 is about 164 feet long, displaces 274 tons, carries eight anti-ship missiles and a 76mm gun and can engage targets from a distance of more than 7.5 miles. It has a speed of 60 knots in calm seas and a speed of 45 knots in rough seas. Its range is 800 nautical miles.

DCNS is the vessel's design authority and co-supplier. It worked with Umoe Mandal and Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace of Norway for its production.

The first-of-class P961-Storm was delivered to the Norwegian navy in 2010. The second vessel was also delivered in 2010 and the third last year.

DCNS had previously upgraded Hauk class fast patrol boats for Norway.

A delivery schedule for the fifth and sixth P961 fast patrol boats wasn't given.

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