Super Dvora Mk III


At a Commissioning Ceremony at the Israel Naval base in Ashdod on Israel's Mediterranean coast, the Israel Navy (ISN) officially accepted the IAI/Ramta Division "Super Dvora Mk-III" fast patrol/interdiction craft into operational service. This next-generation naval craft is the product of a two-year joint development effort between the ISN and IAI/Ramta naval architects and design engineers who worked together to tailor the craft to the exacting requirements of the ISN's operational needs.

The "Super Dvora Mk-III" commissioned today represents the first of six vessels procured by the ISN under a contract signed at the Israel Ministry of Defense in January 2002.

The "Super Dvora Mk-III" is considered the most advanced and capable craft of its class in the world today, and was developed in accordance with the "lessons learned" and experience gained in the ISN over the years, with a "long hard look" and analysis of the future naval threats facing the ISN which have become more numerous and complex as recent events have shown.

The Super Dvora Mk. II and Super Dvora Mk. III design is robust to allow for the installation of Typhoon 25-30mm stabilized cannon, light or heavy machine guns, all of which can be slaved to state-of the art mast-mounted, day/night, long range electro-optic systems.

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The "Super Dvora Mk-III" provides the ISN with a quantum boost in operational capability by integrating a broad range of performance capabilities in a single platform. Among these capabilities are the ability to intercept sea targets at high-speeds approaching 50 knots, long range for extended missions with the inherent capability for "At-Sea Replenishment" to extend missions and craft endurance beyond a typical four-day endurance; high maneuverability in both the littoral regions and blue water; stable seakeeping in a variety of sea states and very harsh weather; vessel displacements ranging between 58 and 72 tonnes depending on ISN mission decisions; the ability to carry very advanced stabilized precision naval weapon systems and sensors for use in day/night and all weather conditions; advanced human engineering and man-machine interface; and low operating and life-cycle costs over the projected operational life of the craft.



The "Super Dvora Mk-III" craft was delivered by IAI/Ramta to the ISN on July 27, 2004 and began joint sea trials to test all onboard systems of the vessel, its mission equipment and training of the crew serving onboard. With its official entry into operational service marked by a very moving Commissioning Ceremony held today by the ISN in Ashdod, the "Super Dvora Mk-III" fast patrol/interdiction craft will begin replacing the venerable "Dabur" patrol craft now in operational service in the ISN for the past 30 years, and boost the operational fleet capabilities of the later generation "Dvora" and "Super Dvora MK-I" and "MK-II" class of vessels, all designed and produced by IAI/Ramta for the ISN over the years.  With dozens of these craft in ISN service, IAI/Ramta and its advanced naval craft have long been the "backbone" of the Israel Navy, considered to be one of the most technologically advanced and capable navies in the world. Within the framework of its current contract, IAI/Ramta is to supply six "Super Dvora Mk-III" fast patrol and interdiction craft to the ISN, with options for an additional five vessels.


Craft length of the "Super Dvora Mk-III" is 27.4 meters (86 ft.), beam of the vessels is 5.74 meters (18 ft.), and craft displacements ranging between 58 and 72 tonnes. The craft are powered by two Detroit Diesel MTU 12V-4000 series diesel engines driving two state-of-the-art model 16 Articulated Surface Drives (ASD) manufactured by US company, TwinDisc and were specifically selected by the ISN who has successfully used this advanced propulsion technology in its other IAI/Ramta supplied patrol/interdiction craft over the past decade. IAI/Ramta has successfully adapted this state-of-the-art propulsion technology originally designed for competitive speedboats into its line of naval patrol boats. The ASD system enables the ISN to "positively steer" the propulsion system screws (propellers) providing the craft with "thrust vectoring" control similar to the most advanced fighter jet aircraft in use today. In addition, as all external components of the propulsion system extend out the transom (stern) of the boat, rather than beneath its hull, the ASD system provides the ability to operate in extremely shallow water at minimal drafts of 1.2 meters (3.5 ft.) facilitating "beaching" operations by naval commando in military ops or humanitarian relief to off-load medical and food supplies or evacuate injured persons as was recently demonstrated in the Caribbean due to the many hurricanes which afflicted the region during the summer months destroying infrastructure and port facilities.



In addition to the many features noted above, IAI/Ramta went to great lengths to incorporate advanced human engineering and the man-machine interface of the "Super Dvora MK-III" and its onboard mission systems. This has been demonstrated by: a spacious and comfortable command bridge; ergonomic displays and controls for systems and mission payloads; easy physical access to all vessel systems and machinery for maintenance and upkeep underway; well appointed air-conditioned officer/crew quarters; spacious mess and work spaces a modern, fully equipped galley and recreation areas, fully equipped showers and heads (lavatories) for officer and crew; and roomy passageways for ease of movement throughout the boat and access to all spaces.

Two More IAI Ramta Division Super Dvora Mark III
Fast Patrol Craft Accepted into Israel Navy

Two additional next-generation Super Dvora Mark-III Fast Patrol Craft were inducted into operational service in the Israel Navy at a commissioning ceremony (13 July 2005) at the Ashdod Naval Base on the Mediterranean coast. The Super Dvora MK-III is designed and produced by the Ramta Division of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) located in Beer Sheva, Israel. 

In November 2004, the first craft of the Mark-III generation of the combat-proven Super Dvora class was commissioned into service. In its first eight months of service, the craft has already exceeded by a wide margin the intended number of operational hours at sea carrying out a wide variety of security related and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions along Israel's coastline. Since entering service, the craft's proven mission readiness, reliability and effectiveness have exceeded all operational parameters and expectations.

The two craft commissioned today have successfully completed all sea trials and system checkouts, and their entry into service adds a significant boost to the Israel Navy's ability to control and protect Israel's territorial waters including maritime approaches and commercial sea lanes in the eastern Mediterranean.