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Saudi Border Guards Received their First TNC 35 Fast Patrol Boat Built by German Shipyard Lürssen.

| 2016
Naval Industry News - Germany, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Border Guards Received their First TNC 35 Fast Patrol Boat Built by German Shipyard Lürssen
Shipspotters from Germany have published pictures in early November showing a TNC 35 fast patrol boat on a transport vessel bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vessel, "TRS 5243 Jeddah" is the first of fifteen built by the German shipyard Fr. Lürssen Werft for the Saudi Border Guards following a major contract signed in 2013.
Saudi Border Guards patrol boat TNC 35 Lurssen
The first TNC 35 fast patrol boat built by Lürssen for the Saudi Border Guards, during sea trials in Germany. Picture via / Morza i Okrety
The 1.5 billion euros deal for the construction of patrol boats for the Border Guards (Coast Guards) of Saudi Arabia (which are part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country) was reached with Fr. Lürssen Werft in early 2013. However, the implementation of the contract was delayed because of the long process of issuing licenses for the of export military equipment to Saudi Arabia by the German government.

The contract calls for the delivery of a mix of TNC 35 and FPB 38 patrol boats. According to Lürssen, the TNC 35 vessel is 35 meters and equipped with two diesel engines with a combined output of 7.800 kW. It can reach speeds of 40 knots. The FPB 38 is 38 meters long with a maximum speed of 31 knots.

In addition, this contract may also include the construction of 79 interceptor craft (15 meters in length) which the German shipyard is subcontracting to Couach shipyard of France, as we reported last year.


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