Swiftships Gets Award for 7 More Patrol Boats for Egyptian Navy
Morgan City, Louisiana’s Swiftships’ 28 Meter Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC28) is designed for multiple roles, including Coastal Defense, Anti-Surface Operations, Maritime Security Operations, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and Intelligence Gathering.
They have been very successful in a program with the Egyptians, with the company supplying kits, in-country production supervision, and SME support for local production near Cairo.
This now stands at 49 hulls built or under contract, with seven more CPCs recently added.
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In January 2023, Swiftships received notification for an additional seven (7) 28m Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC) award to the existing six (6) FMS contract that was awarded in 2022. The total current order is 23 boats, including those currently under construction. Please watch the video about CPC28 by clicking here.
In March 2022, Swiftships was awarded a new 28m CPC contact to supply a “Kit” as a modification to its original Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) contract. The Mod_004 will deliver ten (10) kits to be co-produced in Egypt at the Egyptian Navy (EN) Alexandria Shipyard and the Egyptian Ship Repair and Building Company (ESRBC). In addition, six (6) additional 28m CPCs were awarded under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract in 2022.
Swiftships will supply a complete Kit of Material (KoM), including Zodiac Rigid Inflatable Boats, Forward-Looking Infrared Systems (FLIRs), personal computer packages, and the associated engineering technical data package (TDP). These 28-meter CPCs reach a top speed of 22-25 knots with a range of 900 NM, powered by two (2) CAT diesel engines, and are equipped with 12.7mm machine guns.
By combining Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) contracts, Swiftships will have co-produced forty-two (42) 28-meter CPCs for EN by the end of 2027. These three new contracts signed in 2022 and 2023 add 23 craft to EN’s total requirement of 50 CPCs by the end of 2027. In addition, Egypt and Swiftships have started co-marketing the 28-meter CPC to North African allied partners of the US.
EN has been co-producing Swiftships’ crafts since 2010 (download case study), and this partnership has allowed both EN and Swiftships to excel on other platforms. The collaboration began in the early 1980s when Swiftships delivered its first set of eight (8) 28m CPCs. Later, in 1990, it delivered two (2) 54-meter Mine-Hunters (MH) under a Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) contract. In 2006, Swiftships further delivered six (6) 26-meter Fast Patrol Craft (FPC), and in 2009, delivered two (2) 28-meter CPCs and co-produced four kits built in Egypt under Swiftships’ guidance.
Swiftships has been discussing with the Egyptian Armaments Authority (EAA) to co-produce 35-meter Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) in Alexandria to extend their capability from steel co-production to aluminum. These FPVs will be all-aluminum crafts with a 1,000 NM range, three (3) MTU engines to reach a top speed of 32 knots, and a complement. Armament options include 12.7mm Rheinmetall Remote Controlled machineguns with additional armament.
Egypt has an established local defense and security industry that produces a range of products, from small arms to armored vehicles and naval vessels. The country has co-production agreements with several nations, including the United States and France. Egypt receives $1.3 billion in annual military aid from the United States, which is used to acquire U.S.-made defense and security articles through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The Egyptian Navy (EN) is the maritime branch of the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF). It is the largest navy in the Middle East and Africa and the twelfth-largest in the world (measured by the number of vessels). The EN is responsible for protecting over 2,000 kilometers of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, as well as defending approaches to the Suez Canal and supporting army operations.