Russian “Pella” shipyard unveils a model of its “Raptor 2.0” landing boat armed with MLRS

Nick Morris

At the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) “Fleet-2024” that took place in Kronshtadt 19-23 June Russian JSC Shipbuilding Plant “Pella”, the leading company in Russian tug building market, unveiled a model of its “Raptor 2.0”, landing boat armed with two multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) located port and starboard at stern

According to a company representative, the Raptor 2.0 project is designed to defend bases and ships from attacks by small unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) in unprotected roadstead, to support Special Forces units and marines operations of in coastal areas, as well as to assist the forces of the Border Service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia in protecting of the Russian Federation borders.

In addition, the boat can be used for patrolling, conducting tactical reconnaissance, search and rescue operations, and transporting personnel and small-sized cargo in the waters of internal and external roadstead and on the open sea with waves up to State 4.

The armament of the “Raptor 2.0” boat consists of a Narval-P-127 remotely controlled weapon station and two stern 127 mm MLRS launchers each containing 16 rockets of that calibre. It is planned to place on the boat a laser radiation detection and passive jamming system and an optical-electronic surveillance module.

The boat is about 20 metres long, 4.3 metres wide, has a draft of about 0.9 metres, and a displacement of about 30 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of more than 50 knots, and has a cruising range of about 400 nautical miles. It has a crew of two and can transport an additional 20 people.

The Raptor 2.0 will be equipped with a main power plant providing about 2000 kW that will operate two water jets.

The fact that a model of the Raptor 2.0 was showcased at the “Fleet 2024” exhibition may indicate the intention of the Russian Navy command to expand the capabilities of combating unmanned attack boats and, above all, the Ukrainian “Magura 5” USV in the Black Sea.

Photo by N. Morris