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Surface Forces: Kuwait Has A Need For Speed
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May 30, 2009: Kuwait is buying ten Mark V Interceptor, 90 foot (27 meter) patrol boats from U.S. manufacturer U.S. Marine. This outfit builds fast boats for special operations, as well as law enforcement, organizations. The Kuwaiti boats displace 54 tons and have a top speed of 81 kilometers an hour and a cruising speed of 45 kilometers an hour. At that speed, the boat can stay at sea for about 24 hours. The boat carries a crew of twelve, and has a galley and berths. The boat can mount a 27mm autocannon on the front, plus 12.7mm and 7.62mm machine-guns aft (the rear of the boat). Each of the Kuwaiti Mark Vs will cost $6.2 million.

Kuwait needs the Interceptors to deal with the increased smuggling along the coast. The Interceptors can catch up with any fast smuggler boats, and quickly get from one location to another to investigate reports (radioed in by fishing boats or cargo ships. The ten Interceptors will double the size of the Kuwaiti Navy/Coast Guard (which currently has 2,700 personnel and ten larger, and slower, boats). The existing ships are all equipped with anti-ship missiles.

 

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The Drill SGT    27mm autocannon on the front,   5/30/2009 5:29:29 AM
a strange size.  Might this be 25mm?
 
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Paul_In    27mm autocannon   5/30/2009 9:33:44 AM
Probably the Mauser BK 27, a single barrel revolver cannon used in the Panavia Tornado, the JAS 39 Grippen, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.  Also on quite a few German Navy vessels.
 
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Lawman       5/30/2009 11:17:04 AM
It is the MLG-27, by Mauser - a relatively recent entry into the light naval gun market. It takes advantage of the excellent firepower of the 27mm Mauser cannon, with a great rate of fire, and good firepower. The classic American 25mm weapons used on the Cyclones (etc...) have lower rates of fire, and a less powerful round - fine for most purposes, but the 27mm probably has a better chance against air targets, and longer range for use against other naval targets. For the Kuwaitis, the boats are probably mainly intended for stopping terrorists, and quite possibly dealing with the Iranian fast attack craft...
 
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esmoore5       5/30/2009 7:20:51 PM

[SNIP] The classic American 25mm weapons used on the Cyclones (etc...) have lower rates of fire, and a less powerful round - fine for most purposes, but the 27mm probably has a better chance against air targets, and longer range for use against other naval targets. [SNIP]

There's also the 30mm Bushmaster II, which can be upgraded to 40mm: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/systems/mk-44-30mm.htm http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_30mm_BushmasterII.htm
 
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doggtag    and meanwhile, in the UAE...   6/1/2009 3:06:52 PM
...a DTI article (pp16-17, April 2009) mentions they are pursuing their own flotilla of small but capable FAC.
 
All based on a 25m Swedish design called Ghannata, the UAE Navy will acquire 12 refurbished vessels, and 3+9 new-build models (first 3 from Swede Ship Marine, with Abu Dhabi ShipBuilding constructing the remaining 9: ADSB also is carrying out the refurbishing of the 12 already in service). 
 
Of the 12 already in service to be refurbished (under the label of amphibious support role), 6 of the vessels to be refurbished are what's interesting: they have opted for the Patria NEMO 120mm mortar system.
(my best guess would be the NEMO turret would be mounted behind the Ghannatha's bridge, similar to how the AMOS Naval is mounted ). 
 
The other six will remain as troop transports with front ramps, but the DTI article states, "...Rheinmetall 27mm guns will be added to the Oto Melara 12.7mm."
(the actual German BK27 mount is seen here , and the Oto Melara 12.7mm could most likely be this one .)
It doesn't spell out specifically that Oto Melara's 12.7mm mount has been modified to adopt the bigger gun, or if 27mm gun mounts will supplement the 12.7mm mounts, or even a combination mount like the USN Mk96 model that joins a 40mm Mk19 grenade launcher mounted above a 25mm Chain Gun. 
As the BK27 doesn't require any thru-deck penetration to install it, this mount may be the case.
(I do find myself liking that new dual-feed Oto Melara mount dubbed Marlin ,though.)
 
The 48-ton boats have a fully-loaded top speed of 35 knots (that's about 65km/hr to you metric folks).
 
The new-build boats will be lengthened aluminum hulls, have more powerful engines, and would include launchers for 4 MBDA Marte MK2N antiship missiles (whose capabilities can be seen at another DTI article in the May 2009 edition, page 30, or here at this link ).
They will also utilize the Rheinmetall 27mm and the 12.7mm Oto Melara gun mounts.
 
Potent "little" Boghammers any way you look at it.
 
 
 
 
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