BMT designed the first ‘ARES 85 Hercules’ PIV, which was built by ARES Shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. The vessel deal is a continuation of the partnership between BMT and ARES responsible for a range of fast patrol boats between 18m-48m.
The ROPCG contract for 14 Patrol Boats within a four-year acquisition program is well underway with the first vessel now delivered, and multiple other vessels in various stages of fit-out. The vessels, which are fully customized to meet the ROPCG's needs, will provide the agency with a much-expanded capability to patrol and secure the nation’s waters.
During initial sea trials the vessel was praised for its exceptional performance, reaching a speed of 52 knots. The trials highlighted the high efficiency of the vessel, whilst maintaining superior seakeeping performance and maneuverability.
With its upright wheelhouse providing excellent visibility alongside low noise attenuation throughout, the vessel is expected to be an excellent asset to the ROPCG in active duty.