CB90-class fast assault craft

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Basic information

Country of build:
Builder:
Planned:
300
Completed:
300
In service:
1991 – present (31 year)

Ship measurements

Displacement:
18 t
Length:
15.9 m
Beam:
3.8 m
Draft:
0.8 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * 625 bhp Scania DSI14 V8 Diesel
  • 2 * Kamewa FF water jets
Speed:
40 knots
Range:
240 nmi (440 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)

Personnel

Complement:
3
Embarked units:
21

Combat assets

Armament:
  • 3 * Browning M2HB machine guns
  • 1 * Mk 19 grenade launcher
  • 4 * naval mines or 6 * depth charges
  • CB90 HSM: 1 * Saab Trackfire RWS

Combat Boat 90 (CB90) is a class of fast military assault craft used by several countries after being originally developed for the Swedish Navy by Dockstavarvet. Its name means Combat Boat 90 Half; the 90 refers to the year of acceptance (1990) and Half refers to the fact that it can carry and deploy a half platoon of amphibious infantry (18 men) fully equipped. The CB90 is an exceptionally fast and agile boat that can execute extremely sharp turns at high speed, decelerate from top speed to a full stop in 2.5 boat lengths, and adjust both its pitch and roll angle while under way. Its light weight, shallow draught, and twin water jets allow it to operate at speeds of up to 40 knots (74 km/h) in shallow coastal waters. The water jets are partially ducted, which, along with underwater control surfaces similar to a submarine's diving planes, gives the CB90 its manoeuvrability.

In addition to the many variants in service with the Swedish Navy under the «Stridsbåt 90H» designation, the CB 90 has been adopted by the navies of Norway (as the S90N), Greece, Mexico (as the CB 90 HMN), the United States (as the Riverine Command Boat), and Malaysia.

Variants

Several CB90 H have been converted by the Swedish Navy to fill various roles:

The CB90 L is outfitted for battalion-level command and control, with computer and communications equipment and an auxiliary generator to provide electrical power when the engines are not running. The L stands for ledning (command or leadership).

The CB90 KompL is a plain CB90 H in which portable computer and communications equipment has been installed, allowing it to temporarily provide company-level command and control. Electrical power is provided by a rather loud portable generator installed on deck.

The CB90 HS is designed for overseas peace-keeping and rescue operations. It is modified to keep its crew comfortable in Mediterranean conditions, with air conditioning, an auxiliary generator, a head, and more comfortable crew stations. More importantly, it is armored, and its engines have been upgraded to compensate for the added weight.

At least one CB90 H, pennant number 802, is equipped with a decompression chamber.

The Swedish Police operate one unarmed CB90 H equipped with bunks, a pantry and a crew lounge.

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society operates two unarmed CB90 Hs converted for search and rescue.

Hellenic Coast Guard operate also since 1998 three CB90 under the CB90HCG which is a slightly different version of the Norwegian Navy Version.

At least one CB90N has been reconfigured into a floating ambulance.

In 2004, the Royal Norwegian Navy conducted tests (including a live fire exercise) to evaluate the effectiveness of the SB90N as an aiming and launching platform for the Hellfire missile. One CB90N was equipped with stabilized Hellfire-launcher based on the Protector (RWS), and its machine gun was replaced with a gimbal-mounted sensor package containing visible-light and infrared cameras and a laser designator. Although the tests were successful, there is currently no indication that the Royal Norwegian Navy will actually deploy CB90Ns armed with Hellfire missiles in regular service. The Hellfire can still be carried on the boats without launching platforms and be fired from shore with the Portable Ground Launch System.

The CB90s are used by the Coastal Ranger Commando.

Operators:

  • Hellenic Coast Guard: 3
  • Malaysian Navy: 5 unit CB90, 12 unit CB90HEX
  • Mexican Navy: 48
  • Royal Norwegian Navy: 20
  • Royal Swedish Navy: 147 in service, 18 on order
  • Royal Navy: 4, formerly leased from the Royal Swedish Navy, used to evaluate the option of potential acquisition and returned to the Swedish Navy.
  • US Navy: 6, known as 'Riverine Command Boat'
  • Marina de Guerra del Perú: SIMA Peru will build, on behalf of the Peruvian Navy, in agreement with the N.Sundin Dockstavarvet factory, a subsidiary of the Swedish group SAAB, the first 2 ultra-fast combat boats out of a total of 24 that will be used for maritime interdiction work on the Peruvian coast.
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