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Metal Shark’s 45 Defiant has been designed with military, law enforcement, pilot, port security, and fire rescue response missions in mind. The 45 Defiant is shown here in Military Patrol configuration, outfitted with patrol and search-and-rescue (SAR) options including law enforcement lighting, siren/loudhailer, gun mounts, tow post and towline reel. Click to see the 45 Defiant configured for fire rescue or pilot boat use. Regardless of configuration or equipment, the 45 Defiant offers outstanding performance and durability combined with industry-leading, crew friendly features. The result is a proven platform that is stable, dependable, highly capable, and well suited for both inland and offshore use.
The 45 Defiant may be custom configured to suit a wide range of mission profiles. Shown here in pilot layout, the vessel features 360-degree flush decks, forward boarding platform, pilot-specific windshield with large overhead windows, and man-overboard recovery area with Jason’s cradle.
The 55 Defiant Fire Rescue shown here employs the same proven hull design as the 45 Defiant and serves as an example of a 45 Defiant in Fire Rescue configuration. To meet the customer’s fire fighting requirements, Metal Shark employed twin Darley fire pumps driven by PTO from the main engines. Water is pumped to an oversized main where it is distributed via electronic valves to three RF-controlled monitors. In this configuration, the vessel delivers water flow of up to 10,000 gallons per minute. Two 5” hydrant outlet locations, an additional 2.5” hydrant outlet, and a 300-gallon foam reservoir provide maximum flexibility across the widest possible range of firefighting scenarios.
Available power includes twin Cat, Cummins, Volvo, and MTU options. Propulsion can be in the form of conventional shaft drive, waterjet, or pod propulsion systems. While waterjet propulsion offers speed and maneuverability advantages, the conventional straight shaft configuration offers lower acquisition costs, maintenance costs, and is serviceable anywhere in the world with basic tools and training.
In 2016, Metal Shark delivered the first six 45 Defiant patrol boats of an eighteen-boat order from the US Department of Defense, providing advanced technology to stabilize US interests in South Asia. These very nimble and capable military patrol vessels are configured for coastal and nearshore patrol, search and rescue, and interdiction. They are powered by twin Cat Diesel C9 engines and Hamilton waterjets. Production is ongoing.
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