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Fast Hovercraft


The joint venture by shipyard Aker Finnyards and composite expert FY-Industries have signed a contract with the Finnish Navy for the building of a fast hovercraft. The vessel to be delivered in September 2001 is a prototype for a future series of fast combat vessels.
The contract involves hovercraft technology transfer to Finland from the US in connection with offset arrangements. The fundamental air cushion vehicle technology tested in the US will be used to help the designers in Finland to fulfil the requirements of the Finnish Navy for the year-around operation in the harsh coastal conditions. The price of the vessel is over FIM 70 million. It will be constructed from welded panels of thin marine aluminium sheets and extrusions connected with light-weight composite constructions.
The length of the vessel is 27.4 metres, beam 15.4 metres, height of the skirt over two metres. The propulsion and hovering mechanism consists of four gas turbines, two driving with belts the two CP air propellers in the thrusters, and two driving the lift fans and the manoeuvring thrusters in the bow. The 4,500kW engines give the vessel a maximum speed of 50 knots. The special features of the vessel are good mobility, year-around operation and, owing to the advanced technology, a small crew of only ten.

More information: Aker Finnyards


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