7.8m Regional Forces Surveillance Unit Vessel

7.8 m Regional Force Surveillance Unit: Surveillance Vessel

The Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSU’s) are specialised infantry units used by the Australian Army Reserve. They are responsible for conducting long range reconnaissance and surveillance patrols in the remote and sparsely populated regions of northern Australia.

Using a 6-cylinder Steyr diesel and waterjet, these surveillance vessels can achieve a top speed of 33 knots and cruise comfortably at speeds of around 20 knots. The use of waterjet propulsion allows for shallow draft operations and greater manoeuvrability, and makes these vessels highly adaptable and capable.



Vessel Length 7.8 Meters
Launch Date Jun 2003
Vessel Type Patrol Vessel
Survey Class AS1799.1
Number of Vessels 3
Builder Western Boat Builders
Construction Material Marine Grade Aluminium
LOA 8.7 m
Beam 2.4 m
Main Engine 1 x STEYR 266TD
Propulsion Water Jet
Speed Max 33.0 kts
Speed Cruise 20.0 kts
Fuel Capacity 375 L
Crew 2
Passengers 6

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