MarineLog reports that the Thai Navy has chosen MAN 16V175D-MM, IMO Tier II engines, each rated at 2,960 kWm at 1,900 rpm, to power a new class of two Patrol Craft. With two engines for each vessel that is just under 8,000 HP.
This new class is only the latest in a string of patrol craft, indigenously built by Marsun. This class appear to be closely related to the T995 and T996 patrol gun boats. if so it should have a speed of about 27 knots.
It appears to be equipped with a small RHIB, but the boat handling equipment does not appear as convenient as a dedicated davit or stern ramp.
Recently, the Thais seem to have been providing more powerful weapons for their patrol vessels than do most other countries. They recently equipped an Offshore Patrol Vessel with Harpoon Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles in addition to a 76mm gun. The choice of gun for this class appears to be a departure from the weapons that equipped previous patrol craft. The caliber, 30mm, is the same, but the rate of fire and the origin of the weapon are different.
The gun appears to be a Russian 30mm AK-306 barrel rotary cannon, a lighter version of the ubiquitous AK630. Maximum rate of fire is 1,000 rounds per minute. It should be quite effective as a short range anti-surface weapon.
The latter website, though not specifically mentioned in the title, does touch upon the performance of the AK-306…
( http://roe-ru.esp/catalog/marina-de-guerra/armas-de-la-nave/ak-306/ )
( http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNRussian_30mm-54_ak-630.php )
I updated the post to include a link to information about the AK-306.
Here’s some additional information on the Thai Navy’s Patrol Boat Flotilla. But there seem’t to be very little information about the New M41 itself. Which is sort of ironic in it self, coming from the “Thai’s”, which usually aren’t that tight lipped about sharing information…
( https://www.thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/assault-and-patrol-boats-and-patrol-gun-boats-built-by-marsun-for-the-royal-thai-navy/ )
For some reason, my computer would not let me go there. Certificate problem.
What’s the “Site” called or “Titled”! There’s usually a Back Door to a Website through third party sources…
I did link this in the post. http://www.marsun.th.com/products.php
It allows you to see the other patrol craft Marsun has built.
@Seccundius, I think this what you were referring to. https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/assault-and-patrol-boats-and-patrol-gun-boats-built-by-marsun-for-the-royal-thai-navy/
Yes it was! How did you manage to get the “Website Address” too work? I tried three times in vain, before resorting to simply doing a “Google Search” by asking the appropriate question…
@Secundius, I don’t see any difference in the link you provided and the one I provided. I just went to the web site, searched Thai Navy and it came up. Coppied the link and it worked.
@ Chuck Hill.
That’s odd! After I looked up the “Site”, I was given the “Website Address”, but while trying to enter the Website Address, I was directed to a “404 Page”. But if I manually loaded the Website Address as a “Question”, it would take me to the website directly…
Sorry my bad! I added extra characters by force of habit, which didn’t exist in original Web Address (i.e. “www”). Address below is correct one…
( https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/assault-and-patrol-boats-and-gun-boats-built-by-marsun-for-the-royal-thai-navy/ )
Sorry but your going to have too manually feed information source…
1. thai military and asian region
3. assault and patrol boats and gun boats built by marsun for the royal thai navy