BMT to design new patrol boats for Gibraltar Squadron
BMT on 14 September announced a ‘major design milestone’ in the programme to build two new 19m fast patrol boats with a top speed of 40kt for the UK RN’s Gibraltar Squadron.
The two 16m-long patrol craft previously in service with the Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Scimitar and HMS Sabre, are being returned to the UK after 17 years in Gibraltar waters.
BMT will design the new boats for Marine Specialised Technology (MST), which was awarded a £9.9 million ($12.6 million) contract by the MoD in July for vessel manufacture and platform support.
The company is also providing a bespoke integrated logistics support package as part of this programme.
Chief executive Sarah Kenny noted that the design project is ‘technically challenging’, but added: ‘This latest contract underscores our agility in producing carefully tailored designs that suit each individual operator’s particular requirements.’
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