Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB)
|Cargo Capability||1400 kilograms in any combination of personnel, equipment or cargo.|
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.
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).