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The Metal Shark 32 Defiant is a welded aluminum monohull pilothouse patrol vessel a versatile custom-configurable arrangement ideal for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, or port security missions. A proven performer, the 32 Defiant is in service with the US Navy, the militaries of several US partner nations, and a continually growing list of law enforcement agencies and fire departments, including the Houston Police Department and Jefferson County (Kentucky) Sheriff’s Office ( both shown below). This globally proven platform may be custom configured to suit an extremely wide range of mission profiles. The 32 Defiant serves as an extremely stable, dependable, highly capable, and surprisingly fast and nimble platform that is well suited for both inland and offshore use.
While most commonly equipped with twin outboard engines, the 32 Defiant is also available with twin gas or diesel inboards with stern drives or conventional straight shafts. Shown here is a 32 Defiant built for the UW-Madison Police Department’s Lake Rescue and Safety unit, equipped with twin gas Mercruiser 6.2 MPI 350 horsepower V8 engines in a conventional straight-shaft inboard arrangement. As configured, the 32 Defiant boasts a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed approaching 40 knots. Metal Shark works directly with all major marine engine manufacturers to accommodate the widest possible range of customer engine choices.
Metal Shark routinely utilizes its formidable engineering resources to help customers solve challenges. When the US Navy needed a stand-up, enclosed privacy head in its Force Protection Boat but didn’t want to sacrifice the 360-degree visibility of a glass pilothouse, Metal Shark solved their dilema with the innovative design shown here. At the touch of a button, the 32 Defiant’s fully enclosed head compartment (featuring solid privacy door, marine toilet, and sink with fresh water faucet and hot water shower) collapses and lowers mechanically into the vessel’s floor, converting into a conveniently placed chart table.
Like all Metal Sharks, the 32 Defiant may be fully customized to suit a wide array of mission requirements. Commonly requested custom items include: full electronics package including forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and radar; electric davit, fire pump package with multiple RF-controlled monitors, fire fighting equipment, positive-pressure CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive) filtration systems, or any other mission-specific hardware. Shown here is a 32 Defiant in Fire Rescue configuration. Click here to see the 32 Defiant Fire Rescue in detail.
In 2013, Metal Shark was awarded a contract to produce up to 80 Force Protection Boat – Medium (FPB-M) patrol boats for the United States Navy. Powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha four-stroke outboard engines, the FPB-M is quick, agile, and economical to operate. The vessel is easily trailerable, with a radar mast that can be lowered by a single person in just a few minutes to allow for easy over the road transport. At the same time, the vessel is large enough to operate in coastal and nearshore environments in rough conditions. Dual rooftop HVAC units allow for comfortable operation in a wide range of climates. Construction on the five year FPB-M contract commenced in 2014 and is currently underway, with vessels delivering monthly. Metal Shark has also produced Force Protection – Large (38 Defiant), and Force Protection – Small (27 Defiant) for the Navy.
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