Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB)

Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB)
Type Ancillary Craft
Builder Zodiac
Length 7.24 metres
Beam 2.74 metres
Main Machinery
  • Yanmar 319 HP Diesel engine
  • Hamilton HJ274 series Water Jet
Cargo Capability 1400 kilograms in any combination of personnel, equipment or cargo.
Speed 40 knots
Range 200 nm

The RHIBs provide the Royal Australian Navy surface combatants with an over the horizon interception and boarding capability.

Juliet 3 Water Jet RHIB

The Juliet 3 (J3) 7.2 metre Jet RHIB is a high speed and high buoyancy craft which consists of a glass reinforced fibreglass hull and inflatable gunwhale (collar) constructed of reinforced fabric producing a light, strong design that can carry a payload over long distances at high speeds. The RHIB is powered by a Yanmar marine diesel engine driving through a Hamilton water jet and a fire suppression system. Ten ride compensating seats (of which the forward six seats are removable), self righting mechanism, navigation system comprising of Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), radar and VHF radio. The chart plotter and radar image is displayed on a single multi-function display.

Juliet 3 (J3) Water Jet 7.2 metre RHIB
Juliet 3 (J3) Water Jet 7.2 metre RHIB

The J3 RHIB design is an improvement on the Armidale Class Patrol Boat Jet RHIB which in turn is an improvement on the in-service Volvo Penta leg drive 7.2 metre RHIB (pictured below).

Leg Drive RHIB

Volvo Penta leg drive 7.2 metre RHIB
Volvo Penta leg drive 7.2 metre RHIB