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Rigid Raider

A Royal Marines' Rigid Raider (RRC).

The Rigid Raider (RRC) is a series of fast raiding and assault craft made by RTK Marine, a subsidiary of Halmatic (now part of BAE Systems Surface Ships). They are primarily in service with two branches of the British Armed Forces: The Royal Navy (incl. the Royal Marines and the Special Boat Service) and the British Army. Despite being among the smallest of the amphibious craft, the RRC is one of the most widely used due to its mobility and versatility. As such, the Rigid Raider often finds itself deployed in amphibious and riverine operations around the globe, in environments ranging from the Arctic to the tropics.[1]

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SpecificationsEdit

The Rigid Raider Mk3 has the following specifications:[1][2]

  • Hull: Glass-reinforced plastic
  • Weight (full): 2,500 kg (2.5 tonnes)
  • Length: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Width : 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Speed (full): 33 kn (61 km/h; 38 mph)
  • Endurance: In excess of 120 nautical miles (220 km)
  • Troops: 11 Royal Marines (3 crew, 8 fully equipped troops)

There is also a larger 8 meter version of the RRC in service with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Royal Marines - Landing Craft, royalnavy.mod.uk, Retrieved 15 June 2014
  2. ^ Rigid Raider, eliteukforces.info, Retrieved 15 June 2014

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