A SUPER DVORA Mark III fast patrol boat 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IAI)
The Israel Navy will receive three new Super Dvora fast patrol boats, used for
daily patrols and counter-terrorism missions along the coastline, from Israel
Aerospace Industries, the defense company announced on Sunday.
on the order for new boats, Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, said his
company’s “commitment to the Israel Navy is among the deepest of Israeli and
international defense industries.”
In addition to protecting coastlines,
the Mark 3-type vessels can be used to help protect strategic assets at sea,
such as Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone, and disrupt smuggling attempts, IAI
The boats will be the fourth generation of their kind, and were
developed jointly by IAI and the navy according to specifications that stem from
operational needs, it added.
“The boats include an advanced propulsion
system to allow sharp and quick maneuvering as well as unique speed tailored to
various modern threats, and are equipped with a variety of combat, detection,
defense and attack capabilities. The Super Dvoras incorporate these features in
their relatively small dimensions, while maintaining operational flexibility,
the crew’s safety and survivability of the vessel,” a statement by IAI
“Signing this contract strengthens and establishes IAI’s position
with the world’s leading companies in the design and manufacture of vessels for
missions which require strong operational capabilities as well as uncompromising
Dvora patrol boats work in formations to secure the
northern, central and southern parts of the coastline.