November 20, 2020 – On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Brodosplit laid keels for new 543 and 544 coastal patrol vessels, the last two vessels contracted for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia.
The vessels will be 43.16 meters in length and 8 meters in width, equipped with essential armor of all contemporary coastal guards, the 30-mm automatic gun, two manually operable 12.7-mm machine guns, and four portable anti-aircraft missile systems.
When President Zoran Milanović visited the shipyard last week, Tomislav Debeljak expressed his gratitude to him for supporting the Croatian industry and promoting it abroad. He also thanked the Government for finding a way to continue financing the project of coastal patrol vessels during the COVID crisis. “The ship is the most complex product that the Croatian industry can produce. The ships we make for export contain 70% of the domestic components. And, of the truly affordable price at which we build these Coast Guard ships, 45% of the amount is returned immediately or in the short term to the state budget,” said Tomislav Debeljak, President of the Board of Brodosplit.
The hull of coastal patrol vessels will be built of high-strength AH36steel, while the superstructure will be made of aluminum alloy. They are ensured unsinkability in the event of flooding two adjacent compartments in the hull (e.g.in the event of flooding of both engine rooms, the ship will not sink).