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Over 50 knots avhievable with the Hurricane 940 MACH II RIB from Zodiac


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Zodiac International
: 12 January, 2010  (New Product)
The latest RIB from Zodiac features deep-V hull design and low centre of gravity enabling increased speeds and manoeuverability without losing directional stability
Over 50 knots avhievable with the Hurricane 940 MACH II RIB from Zodiac
A nine-metre RIB capable of speeds exceeding 50 knots has been launched by Zodiac MILPRO of Paris. The Zodiac Hurricane 940 MACH II (Military Air Channelled Hull II) is the newest addition to the companyís successful MACH II series and it is expected to attract considerable interest from potential customers in the military and civil security markets. The new RIBís exceptional speed and performance arises from Zodiacís unique patented MACH II deep-V hull design. The air channelled aluminium hull reduces water resistance while its deep V configuration combines with it to provide a low centre of gravity. These features result in increased speed and directional stability together with greater manoeuverability and improved fuel economy.

The ZH940 MACH II operates comfortably in all sea conditions and applications and it is available in a variety of outboard engine configurations. When used with twin 350 hp engines the new RIB can maintain its top speed over 50 knots for an estimated 146 nautical miles. The RIBís design and manufacturing quality make it capable of withstanding sustained use in extreme conditions while the fully enclosed cabin and shock mitigation seating ensure optimum comfort for its crew. Further options with inboard engines and a GRP hull are currently under development.

The new boat is intended for hard daily usage and is available in a range of seating and accommodation configurations that can be adapted to the specialised needs of military and civil applications. It follows the Zodiac MILPRO design policy of rugged construction combined with the reliable performance and easy maintenance demanded by military and professional civil users. All Zodiac Hurricane models have removable collars for ease of maintenance, transport and storage. The standard collars are made from heavy-duty neoprene Hypalon fabric or PU polyurethane and include the option of Zodiacís special intercommunicating valves. The boats also provide the capability of the inflatable collars being exchanged for an even more rugged Durarib foam-filled collar if the need arises.

Zodiac Military and Professional (MILPRO). is part of the Zodiac Marine & Pool Group which operates in three sectors that provide a comprehensive service to their specialised markets. The Zodiac Military and Professional (MILPRO) sector supplies inflatable and semi-rigid craft for professional users such as police, coast guard, special forces, anti-terrorism units, fire teams, the offshore industry and other military users. The boats it manufactures range from 4. 7m to 12m long and are available in configurations that include inflatable and rigid inflatable boats with aluminium or fibreglass hull designs, inflatable or foam tubes, diesel inboard or petrol outboard engines. The Zodiac SOLAS sector supplies life rafts for merchant ships, ferries, and cruise ships and complete rescue systems combining escape slides and rafts. The Zodiac Recreational sector manufactures inflatable and semi-rigid craft that are distributed under the Zodiac, Bombard and Avon brands.
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