TWPG and Rafael reveal new strike watercraft


Tactical boat developer The Whiskey Project Group and defence contractor Rafael Australia have unveiled a new collaboration to deliver what they call the most advanced reconnaissance and strike watercraft in the world.

Their Whiskey Bravo – Strike craft was revealed at the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition now underway in Sydney.

The companies took to social media and said: “This collaboration combines the ingenuity and innovation of TWPG as an Australian SME, with the veteran workforce’s deep understanding of the maritime and littoral combat environment, and RAFAEL’s expertise as the global leaders in Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) systems.

“Together, TWPG and RAFAEL can deliver a tactical watercraft that will reshape littoral warfare and help ensure Australia is equipped to meet the challenges of the evolving strategic environment.”

The Whiskey Project Group was born from veterans desire to develop a craft that put less stress on its occupants, especially during difficult combat conditions.

Alpha85 broke cover late in 2019 and has been tested by interested parties and the media.

Built by sailing boat builder Munster Boats for a start up led by former defence staff Darren Schuback and Ryan Carmichael, the boat is 8.5 metres long at the water line and carries 12 personnel.

The new Whiskey Bravo – Strike craft features advanced sensors and surveillance technology, and can mount twin quad Spike Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS), surface-to-surface electro-optic guided missile canister launchers, according to reports.

With this weaponry, crew capacity is reduced to six.

Further reading:
Meet the Whiskey Project Alpha85

Picture: The Whiskey Project Group

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