Video demonstrating Barracuda's design and weapons
Video demonstrating Barracudas seakeeping and
is a 11-13m high speed low RCS Interceptor / pursuit vessel for
military and law enforcement applications. Typical operational
roles are patrol and surveillance duties around port and
harbour infrastructure as well as coastal, offshore installations
and anchorages, Barracuda is also imminently capable of high speed
pursuit and apprehend when required. From a naval and military
perspective its possible deployment scenarios are far reaching,
launched from an ‘over the horizon’ mothership, covert
surveillance can be undertaken for far longer durations, and in
much rougher weather than would be possible with conventional
RIB’s. Covert ‘insertion’ can be undertaken with a greatly
reduced risk of detection, thereby maximizing the missions chances
of success. Operator and crew safety is enhanced with reduced
levels of risk to combatants.
Propulsion can be by
conventional stern gear for its weight carrying capabilities and
durability or waterjets for higher speeds and low draft. Capable
of maximum speeds of 35 – 40kts+ depending on the propulsion
system and equipment installed. A
crew of 4-6 can be comfortably seated on high tech shock
mitigation seats with space for additional passengers in her f/wd
An array of both lethal and non lethal weapons can be
carried concealed below deck in a separate compartment in the
forward section of her superstructure, and raised when required.
The vessel can be deployed by helicopter utilizing its in-built
lifting points or transported by ship or road.
Barracuda's main weapons are concealed below decks, and raised (below)
CAPABILITIES & WEAPONS INTEGRATION
innovative design of the vessel utilizes various stealth
technology’s to produce
a lower RCS (radar cross section), allowing it to operate with a
high degree of invisibility to an adversary’s radar. Stealth
technologies are employed in the
superstructure and hull design utilizing flat plane principles to
its surfaces in the f/wd and to a lesser extent side projections
to deflect radar beams away from source, which together with RAM
and specialized outfitting, including minimal metallic fittings
exposed above decks, or where necessary fully recessed. All
of which combine to produce a vessel with a very significantly
lower than normal RCS.
design uses an innovative solution to weapon deployment. Various
different types of both lethal and non-lethal weapons, including a
remote control gyroscopically stabilized 7.62 / 12.7mm machine gun
/ 40mm grenade launcher can be fitted to Barracuda.
In Barracuda the weapons are cleverly concealed below decks in
the f/wd section of the superstructure, and are raised up to above
deck level for deployment through large watertight carbon fibre
hatches built into the f/wd cabins roof section. In this way when
the vessel is in engaged in surveillance or patrol, the main
weapons are concealed and the vessels RCS signature is reduced.
When the vessel is engaged in pursuit or apprehend modes, the
weapons are raised for deployment. Another advantage being that
the weapons are hidden when not in use for security, durability
and covert reasons, as well as greatly reducing the vessels VCG
when beneficial, such as in heavy weather.
fire power can be mounted on the aft deck via removable universal
gun mount pedestals
of accepting everything from the M249, to the M134 minigun,
up to the M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun. Non lethal
weapons can include sonic disrupters and water cannon.
design however does not compromise on practicality or usability
and provides for a high level of crew safety (wide side decks) for
offshore boarding capabilities.
& HULL DESIGN
ensure the lowest magnetic signature Barracuda is constructed from
advanced lightweight FRP cored composites,
with extensive use of carbon fibre in its outfitting.
Substantial in size yet lightweight Manuplas foam cored fenders
with a polyurethane skin are used to minimize weight and offer
maximum protection to the hull. The vessel can be moulded at
lengths between 11m and 13m, and has a 4m beam, longer length
versions benefit from a longer aft cockpit providing an increased
working / crew area. The hull design below the waterline is an all
new constant deadrise, twin chine deep V hull form capable of high
speeds. A 22 degree deadrise at the transom and a wave piercing
bow form, with a very fine wave cutting waterline entry at the bow
of 70 degrees, which very effectively minimizes vertical
accelerations at speed in waves, thereby maximizing crew
hull provides exceptionally high levels of seakeeping abilities on
all course, very much as one would expect from a builder renowned
for its highly seaworthy pilot and S.A.R. vessels, and in fact,
depending on specification, in its more basic patrol vessel guises
can be self-righting, increasing its operational envelope to S.A.R.
and enabling operation in extreme conditions. Four watertight
compartments ensure Barracuda
survivable both in combat as well as hostile sea and weather
special spray rail and twin chine arrangements provides for
excellent spray suppression and on deck dryness, and her wide beam
provides high levels of dynamic and static stability.
The design is capable of operating in up to sea state 7-8,
and maintain operational speed in sea state 5.
features a fully enclosed, climate controlled cabin and can
accommodate a crew of 5-6 (or up to 10 in 13m versions) in
her main cabin, all on high tech shock mitigation seating
dramatically reducing crew fatigue and the risk of impact injury.
occasional / survivor seating is provided in the forward cabin. A
highly focused helm position allows the helmsman efficient control
of the vessel even in demanding conditions, dedicated tactical
positions with their own consoles are provided for weapons and
navigators positions. Excellent all round visibility is provided
by the cabins large glass area.
'Barracuda' being tested to her limits in 6m breaking seas. Her sea
keeping abilities are exemplary.
Barracuda undergoing a self-righting, capsize recovery test during which
she was inverted to 180 degrees.
well as a full array of navigation equipment, a range of sonar
equipment can be installed to monitor the underwater situation.
FLIR Thermal and night vision infrared cameras are integrated for
full digital Can Buss electrical system has been integrated with
all onboard systems controlled by touch screen computers at the
helm and navigators positions, and expandable to potentially allow
all crew members the ability to monitor and control the vessels
navigation and onboard systems.
ballistic protection can be incorporated to provide protection to
the crew compartment utilizing lightweight composite ballistic
panels. The front and side glass is ballistic and is directly
bonded into moulded recesses without metallic frames.
below. Barracudas main crew compartment offers seating for up to 6
crew, ergonomically designed the cabin is spacious and offers
Barracuda can be transported by air carried underneath a
helicopter by 4 point recessed lifting eyes integrated on her deck
Capable of being recovered by stern ramp or transom recovery
system when fitted with waterjet propulsion option.
11m lengths easily deployed to conflict area by 40ft flat rack
- Transportable by land via commercial low loader.