14th Pr.03160 "Raptor" assault boat joining Baltic Fleet
An image recently released by the Russian Ministry of Defense (https://twitter.com/mod_russia/status/984491347015958528) showcasing a Project 03160 "Raptor" Assault Boat reveals a subtle feature. The boat is fitted with a folding mast. Details like this are often overlooked but can play a significant part in the overall capabilities of the system. The folding mast allows it to squeeze under low bridges or, potentially, into confined spaces for protection or transport. Although unconfirmed, this may allow limited air transport via An-124 RULSAN or more likely, more discrete transport by ship.
Russian MoD photo. Note that the remote weapons mount is not fitted.
The Raptor is closely analogous to the Swedish CB90 Assault Boat and Russia also operates the closely equivalent Kalashnikov BK-16. Both Russian designs bear a strong resemblance to the Swedish design.
THE book on Special Forces subs Covert Shores 2nd Edition. A world history of naval Special Forces, their missions and their specialist vehicles. SEALs, SBS, COMSUBIN, Sh-13, Spetsnaz, Kampfschwimmers, Commando Hubert, 4RR and many more.
Check it out on Amazon
Related articles (Full index of popular Covert Shores articles)
Naval Spetsnaz in Hybrid Warfare (Russian SDVs and DPVs)
Triton-NN Submersible Boat
CCH (Combat Craft Heavy) SEALION and Alligator Semi-Submersible Boats
Specialized Marine Craft (MSC) Sepcial Forces intercptor
World survey of Special Operations Craft
WP-18 Tactical Strike Craft
Styx riverine Special Forces craft
Barracuda Special Forces interceptors
Special Forces Jet Skis
North Korean Very Slender Vessels (VSVs)