|Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd and Revolution Design Pty Ltd are pleased to announce they have been awarded one of three US multi-million dollar design contracts by the US Department of Defense.
The Tasmanian based companies are part of an international consortium responding to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV program brings together United States Navy, Army, Marines, and SOCOM to pursue a multi-use platform.
The consortium is led by Incat’s United States partner, Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., and includes Australia’s Incat and Revolution Design, Incat Chairman Robert Clifford explained.
“As one of three companies chosen for the Preliminary Design Contract, the Incat consortium is well placed to proceed to the next build contract phase thanks to its vast and successful experience providing three vessels for intensive U.S. military service,” Mr Clifford said.
The Australian Incat-built High Speed Vessels, HSV-X1 Joint Venture, TSV-1X Spearhead and HSV-2 Swift, have already been employed by the DoD for experimentation and demonstration of high speed vessel technologies as well as for logistics support. These craft have been used to support operations in the Global War on Terrorism and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have been deployed to the Horn of Africa, Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia.
Additionally, HSV-2 Swift supported relief operations in Indonesia and in the GulfCoast region following hurricane Katrina. In both cases, Swift‘s high speed and shallow draught combined to make it an ideal platform for the delivery of relief supplies and support of other platforms operating in the area. During operations following Katrina, Swift was able to access ports inaccessible to other ships in the logistics force, and therefore played a critical role in the early delivery of supplies.
The Australian Navy has also experienced the benefits of Tasmanian-designed vessels, operating the Incat 86 metre WavePiercingCatamaranHMASJervisBay during the East Timor crisis.
The JHSV is a new generation, multi-use platform capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, the ability to operate in shallow waters and can reach speed in access of 35 knots fully loaded.
The Incat 112 metre, which forms the base of the consortium’s submission, is the largest catamaran ever built in Australia. Already proven in commercial service it provides unparalled seakeeping and comfort even on rough open sea routes. Power is supplied by four diesel engines, each rated 9000 kW at 1000 rpm and consuming <190g/kWh.