For the first time during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, Brazil’s Federal Police Department used its DGS888 Interceptor boats, manufactured by Brazilian company DGS Defense. This firm, located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, delivered three of these vessels to the police department at a ceremony on the city’s docks on June 21.
The first vessel in its class manufactured in Brazil, the DGS888 is a rapid landing craft designed for interception and patrol missions that will be used by the Federal Police on several kinds of missions, including repression of illicit activities and targeting organized crime. During Rio+20, the DGS888s patrolled Guanabara Bay and Rio de Janeiro’s shoreline.
In addition to being armored against firearms, thanks to an exclusive and patented structural design of its cabin, the Federal Police’s new vessel has ‘stealth’ characteristics, that is, a low radar profile, making it almost invisible to enemy radar. Designed as a hybrid rigid inflatable boat (HRIB), the DGS888 is built with cutting-edge nautical technology, including a resistant ethylene copolymer hull and engineering plastic used in various kinds of antiballistic protection. The robustness of the hull prevents damage caused by collisions with sandbanks or rocky formations. The boat is also unsinkable by fire, as well as stable in both marine and river aquatic environments.
The boat measures 8.88 meters long by 3 meters wide. It is propelled by three outboard motors that together generate 900 HP, enabling speeds of over 45 knots.