The Coast Guard is acquiring two types of boats to complement its cutter fleet. The Long Range Interceptor II (LRI-II) will help cutter crews extend their interdiction range. The Over the Horizon IV (OTH-IV) boats will deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest.
While Coast Guard cutters are mission-capable with current boats, the new craft acquired under this project will more specifically meet the Coast Guard’s functional requirements. The LRI-II features increased passenger carrying capability, improved dynamic stability, higher speeds, ballistic protection systems, robust logistics support infrastructure, and appropriate hull designs for stern launch requirements. The OTH-IV features high-speed and larger passenger capacity. Both boats are capable of operating from Coast Guard cutters equipped for stern launch.
The cutter boats project will procure up to 10, 35-foot LRI-II, including one for each of the National Security Cutters (NSCs). Additionally, the project will procure up to 101, 26-foot OTH-IV, which the Coast Guard will deploy aboard the NSC and some other platforms.
The cutter boats acquisition strategy features the competitive selection of proven, off-the-shelf designs for the LRI-II and OTH-IV.