The Super Dvora patrol boats are high-speed class patrol boats meant for a variety of naval missions from typical off-shore coastal patrol mission profiles to high-speed, high-maneuver littoral warfare. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries for the Israeli Sea Corps, the Super Dvora is the successor to the Dvora-class fast patrol boats.
The Super Dvora Mark IIs are in commission since 1996. Different armarments can be installed on it: Oerlikon 20mm cannons, Typhoon cannons, grenade launchers and heavy or light machine guns.
The Super Dvora MK-III is the latest generation, manufactured by IAI Ramta in 2004. The Super Dvora MK-III is capable of travelling up to 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) in littoral waters thanks to its state of the art thrust vectoring control Articulated Surface Drives (ASD) while holding various armaments, from automatic grenade launchers, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, SPIKE NLOS missiles, and 30 mm cannons in its armory.Super Dvora Info Page
The Super Dvora Mark IIIs have been employed among others by the Sri Lanka Navy to counter LTTE operations at sea. By increasing its operational range through Israeli vessels, the Sri Lankan navy was able to fight the Tamil Tigers’ naval force, as the Tamils used the sea as the main channel for smuggling weapons and operatives from India.
Variations: Super Dvora MK-II, Super Dvora MK-III
Use by Israeli forces:
Israel Navy purchased two Super Dvora MK-II vessels in the year 2000 and 11 Super Dvora MK-III vessels in 2004. They are used in routine and operational missions since then.
The MK-III was used in different operations in Gaza and in the wars in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2021.