Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd
and Revolution Design Pty Ltd are pleased to announce they have been awarded one of three US multi-million dollar design contracts
by the US Department of Defense.
The Tasmanian based companies are part of an internat ional consortium responding to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High
Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV program brings together United States Navy, Army,
Marines, and SOCOM to pursue a multi-use platform.
The consortium is led by Incat’s United States partner, Louisiana-based Bollinger
Shipyards, Inc., and includes Australia’s Incat and Revolution Design, Incat Chairman
Robert Clifford explained.
The Australian Incat-built High Speed Vessels, HSV-X1 Joint Venture, TSV-1X Spearhead
and HSV-2 Swift, have already been employed by the DoD for experimentation and
demonstration of high speed vessel technologies as well as for logistics support. These
craft have been used to support operations in the Global War on Terrorism and during
Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have been deployed to the Horn of Africa, Persian Gulf
and Southeast Asia.
Additionally, HSV-2 Swift supported relief operations in Indonesia and in the Gulf Coast
region following hurricane Katrina. In both cases, Swift's high speed and shallow draught
combined to make it an ideal platform for the delivery of relief supplies and support of
other platforms operating in the area. During operations following Katrina, Swift was
able to access ports inaccessible to other ships in the logistics force, and therefore
played a critical role in the early delivery of supplies.
The Australian Navy
has also experienced the benefits of Tasmanian-designed vessels,
operating the Incat 86 metre Wave Piercing Catamaran HMAS Jervis Bay during the East
The JHSV is a new generation
, multi-use platform capable of transporting troops and
their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, the ability to operate in shallow
waters and can reach speed in access of 35 knots fully loaded.
The Incat 112 metre, which forms the base of the consortium’s submission, is the largest
catamaran ever built in Australia. Already proven in commercial service it provides
unparalled seakeeping and comfort even on rough open sea routes. Power is supplied by
four diesel engines, each rated 9000 kW at 1000 rpm and consuming.