INS Dabur (PC 860) is the best in its class. The system is classified as a patrol boat, with the first ten ships built in the United States and the rest being taken over by Israel's Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).
The ship and her sister ships were used extensively by the Israeli Navy for over 30 years during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. As an attack platform, Dabur proved its worth in high-velocity attacks against similar or smaller Egyptian navies operating in the Mediterranean.
The design of the Dabur class influenced the next generation of Israeli-designed ships. She had a structure placed amidships, operated by nine people. Her armament consists of two 20mm Oerlikon machine guns (one front and one rear), 2 x 12.7mm (0.50 caliber) heavy machine guns, 2 x 324mm torpedo launchers for Honeywell brand Mk 46 torpedoes Tube and water bomb.
Regardless, the ship's various weapon types allow it to attack most ships. Power comes from two GM diesel engines driving 2 propeller shafts.
Under ideal conditions, the Dabur can reach a top speed of 29 knots. The system is also in use (and will likely continue to be) in other navies around the world, including Argentina, Nicaragua, and Chile. Weapon types may vary depending on need.
The Dabur class as a whole was released from combat service in the Israeli Navy from the Dvora class ships.
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
- direct attack
64.9 ft (19.78 m)
18 feet (5.49 m)
5.8 ft (1.77 m)
29 kn (33 mph)
391 nautical miles (450 mi; 724 km)
2 x 20mm Oerlikon guns
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
2 x 324 mm torpedo tubes (Mk 46 torpedoes)
2 x 25mm guns (replaces 20mm type)
Manned rocket launcher
Additional 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun