Brazilian Army Riverine Assault Patrol Boat to the Test
By Dialogo November 05, 2012
The Center for Vessels of the Amazon Military Command (CMA) is performing operational tests of the Riverine Patrol Boat (RPB). The U.S.-manufactured vessel will be under evaluation for a six month period.
The RPB armor is capable of withstanding gunfire from 7.62 mm ammunition and the capacity to transport up to 15 combatants. In addition, it is capable of performing attacks and defense with weaponry placed on the starboard side and port side, and can deploy a ramp from the bow for land assaults, which is a very useful feature in river operations, a typical setting for infantry deployment in the Amazon.
The tests aim to promote an adequate analysis of the boat and its use in “Project Vessels,” carried out by the Army’s Department of Engineering and Construction.
This is an impressive boat.