A JAMES Bond boat that dives below the waves is being fitted with a parachute so it can launch its missions out of planes.
The stealth boat, codenamed Victa, is being built by a British firm for special forces missions.
The 39ft vessel can race along the surface at up to 40 knots before diving under the waves with two crew and up to six heavily armed frogmen onboard.
Early plans included launching Victa from Chinook helicopters as they hover over water with their tail ramp part submerged.
It can also be towed beneath heavy lift choppers or launch from larger warships.
But staff at Subsea Craft, based in Portsmouth, are working on parachute delivery option to increase its range for covert missions.
“One of her hallmarks is the inconspicuous insertion and extraction at range,” Subsea’s CEO Scott Verney said.
“Each of our clients will use Victa for a different purpose and we need to ensure she is deployable by as many means possible.”
The boat can dive to 98ft and has a surface range of 250 nautical miles.
The UK's Future Commando Force relies on small bands of troops launching daring on shore raids to destroy enemy missile batteries.
Subsea have teamed up with parachute specialists IrvinGQ, based in Bridport, to provide a “fast and discreet deployment” option.
Staff are modifying an existing “maritime craft aerial delivery system,” to allow the Victa and her crew can leap out of a range of aircraft, includihng turbo prop Hercules aircraft and the massive C-17 Globemasters.
“Victa is focused primarily on the defence market and one of her hallmarks is the inconspicuous insertion and extraction of task-oriented force packages at range,” Subsea Craft said in a statement.
“Extending that range by including airborne delivery offers further flexibility and so enhances the potential of the craft. “
Mark Lavender, from IrvinGQ, said: “Victa is a revolutionary craft and one like no other available.
“Air-despatch offers many advantages, not least fast and discreet deployment and we’re confident we can find a solution for Victa to do just that.”
Special forces stealth boat ‘Victa’
- 39 ft long vessel
- Can race along the surface at up to 40 knots
- Carries two crew and up to six heavily armed frogmen
- Boat can dive to 98ft
- Has a surface range of 250 nautical miles
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