Libya Receives 30 French Patrol Boats

The Libyan Navy has taken delivery of 30 new inflatable patrol boats from French military boat maker Sillinger.

The fast, semi-rigid-hulled, boats are the first from a batch of 50 ordered in January.

Libya Herald reports that the Libyan Special Naval Forces showcased seven of the new boats during a high-speed display at the naval harbour in Tripoli on Monday.

The high-powered boats, from 3.5 metres and 12 metres in length, will be used for the navy’s maritime border patrols.

The order for the 50 rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBS) includes the 1200 RIB UM Inboard (pictured), designed for the high seas and able to carry up to 25 people. Libya is the second customer for this new model.

Naval Special Forces spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem said the Libyan Navy is shortly expecting delivery of 25 patrol boats from South Korea, and had received Dutch-made patrol craft earlier in the year.

(Source: DefenceWeb, Libya Herald)

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