Austal Receives Maltese Armed Forces Order for Patrol Craft Fleet
Austal has secured its first European defense contract with an order for four 21.2 m inshore patrol craft - including training and spares support - with the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).The vessels will be built at Austal’s Australian facilities and are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year. Intended to assist the AFM with surveillance and border protection throughout Malta’s coastal waters, the vessels will have a maximum speed of more than 26 knots.
Austal was awarded the contract following a competitive international tender process, which called for a proven design that addressed specific AFM requirements, as well as meeting a demanding delivery schedule. Once completed, the order will bring Austal’s total number of defence vessels to more than 60, including the 14 Armidale Class patrol boats built for the Royal Australian Navy, 10 vessels for Yemen and eight Australian Customs vessels.
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