It looks like Batman's latest toy. But this stealth boat is in fact the US Department of Defence's latest weapon in the fight against drug smugglers. The £5million ($8million) state-of-the art craft called the M80 Stiletto has been launched as part of the next generation of military vessels. Its light, carbon-fibre construction means it can glide across just three feet of water at speeds of up to 60mph.
The 88ft long Stiletto vessel is also ideal for transporting commandos.
Its rear cargo area holds a 36ft rigid inflatable boat that commandos use and can carry an unmanned surveillance aircraft that can be launched from the top of the boat.
The forward cabin is fitted with special seats that help absorb the shock from where the boat crashes through heavy seas at high speeds.
The 60 ton Stiletto runs on four diesel engines that produce a combined 6,500 horsepower. It displaces 45 tons of water.
Its wave-piercing M-shaped hull allows it to maintain maximum speed in rough seas while still providing a comfortable ride.
It has been designed and built by the Californian-based boat builders M Ships and has gone into service with the US Department of Defence.
But with the British government cutting back on its Royal Naval fleet, it seems unlikely the Stiletto will be seen on patrol in UK waters any time soon.
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