Fast Action Craft is More than Just a Transport Boat
By Dialogo July 01, 2011
At the Val-de-Caes Naval Base in Belem, Brazilian Marines gear up for an operation in the Amazon jungle. Soon, two groups of 12 Marines are speeding down the river to intercept several gunmen who have been hiding in a remote area of the Amazon jungle. The gunmen catch sight of the approaching Marines and jump into a go-fast boat anchored along the shore.
A short chase ensues, but the gunmen’s boat is no match for the Brazilian Marines’ craft. The Marines, brandishing guns, surround the gunmen and order them to surrender. The operation, which in actuality was a training exercise, succeeded in large part due to the Fast Action Craft (FAC) employed by the Marines.
Built by Val-de-Caes Naval Base engineers, FACs can maneuver along the rivers and lakes of the Amazon, dropping off troops right along the shoreline. “It makes the presence of the Navy in the Amazon region more effective, allowing us to reach the areas of the river where other kinds of ships and boats can’t go,” said Commander Cesar Leal Ferreira, head engineer of the industrial department at the naval base.
The crafts have been used in riverine operations by the Brazilian Navy in support of counter-illicit trafficking, piracy, smuggling, as well as in joint operations with the Federal Police to combat drug trafficking. The FAC was originally built in the 1990s to operate as an organic boat aboard Navy ships. The crafts were updated throughout the past decade, with the newest version being unveiled at the 2011 Latin America Air & Defense conference (LAAD) in Rio de Janeiro in April.
FACS - Main Features
7.55 meters Length
2.30 meters Beam
0.60 meter Draft, including keel deflector
14 people Capacity
200 horsepower Stern drive diesel engine
35 knots Maximum speed
500 liters Removable fuel tank capacity
Material – marine aluminum alloy:
• Support for machine gun at the bow
• Side and keel deflectors [to improve stability and protect the propeller]
• GPS [fixed base and removable panel, installed on the command console]
• Articulated canopy [reinforced, with coverage of 2 meters by 3 meters, anodized aluminum structure, acrylic cover]
• Long range spotlight
• Rotating police light
• Ballistic armor [in Kevlar or high performance polyethylene]
Reaching a maximum speed of about 35 knots, the new craft is built with an allwelded aluminum alloy hull, allowing it to have excellent maneuverability at high speed. Included among the modifications to the new model is level III ballistic armor around the troop deck, which provides protection while the bow provides support for a machine gun.
The FACs are the most probable option to meet the approximate demand of 300 boats for the two services. The crafts, marketed by state-owned Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais, are exclusive to Brazil at this time. The Brazilian Navy’s display at LAAD 2011 represented the model’s first official introduction to representatives of the Armed Forces of friendly nations.
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