MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The Russian Navy is commissioning into service the last two of eight high-speed Raptor patrol boats built by the Pella factory in St. Petersburg.
The Russian Ministry of Defense says the Raptor boats are for short-range missions up to 100 nautical miles from their stationing points.
The boats are nearly 58 feet long and have a speed of as much as 50 knots. Raptors can carry 20 troops and are armed with a 14.5 mm multi-purpose remotely controlled combat module and two 7.62 mm machine guns.
The boats are for transportation and rapid landing tasks, patrol and protection of ships.
The Ministry of Defense said the boats will enter service at the end of this month following the conclusion of testing.