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Uniflite Awarded $3.2-Million

Navy Contracts For Target Boats

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded two contracts with the aggregate value of $3,244,414 for construction of 33 radio-controlled target boats and repair parts to Uniflite, Inc., fiberglass boat and yacht manufacturer headquartered in Bellingham,

Wash., with a second plant at Swansboro,

N.C., according to John L. Thomas, Uniflite president.

Mr. Thomas said that one contract valued at $3,033,884 is for 23 SEPTAR MK 35 fifty- six-foot target boats, each powered with five 330-hp Mercruiser inboard engines and rated for minimum speeds of 35 knots. These boats, designated by the Navy as 56-footers, meas- ure 54 feet 8% inches length overall, 13 feet 7^4 inches beam, and have a displacement of 36,000 pounds.

The other contract, valued at $210,530, is for 10 SEPTAR MK 33 eighteen-foot target drones powered with single 225-hp Chrysler inboard-outboard engines for minimum speeds of 40 knots. Specifications are: 18-feet 1-inch length overall, 7-foot 4-inch beam, and displacement of 2,500 pounds.

Delivery on both contracts will be during the next 12 months to the Pacific Missile

Test Center at Point Hueneme, Calif., for use in shipboard and airborne missile weaponry practice to evaluate weapons and controls systems on ranges off southern California,

Hawaii, and in the Caribbean.

Mr. Thomas explained that the Navy's in-




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Here's why:

The ATLAS 6500 BCA protects against "sud- den surprises off the starboard bow" through early target detection with Dual Guard Zones.

Plotting is made easy by paralax free flat re- flection plotter, digital 10 minute plot clock and

Speed/Time/Distance table. Precise and fast range and bearing measurements displayed on digital readouts make careful target evaluation simple. Threatening target is kept under surveil- lance by gyro-stabilized electronic marker.

Exceptional picture presentation and target discrimination are achieved by advanced power- ful solid state transmitters with four pulse lengths (25kW for X-Band, 30kW for S-Band) and rugged narrow beam antennas (.8° for X-Band, 1.7° for S-Band). 16 inch display includes nine ranges from .3nm to 72 nm, "ships head-up" or "North-up" presentation and gyro driven True

Bearing Scale.

All readouts and important control settings are conveniently displayed on an Information Panel around the PPI.

The ATLAS 6500 BCA comprises a complete advanced radar system loaded with all neces- sary features — there are no extras or options available.



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TYPE OF VESSEL(S) tention is not to destroy the target boats, but to record a "direct hit" when the pro- jecile lands within a specified number of de- grees from the target with the "sights" com- pensated to that extent.

The largest builder of fiberglass boats for the U.S. Navy since the early 1960s, Uniflite has built approximately 3,000 craft, 14-56 feet, for the U.S. Navy and other U.S. and foreign governmental agencies.

The publicly held company, listed over- the-counter (OTC), is also a leading manu- facturer of fire-retardant fiberglass recrea- tional yachts, 26 to 42 feet, and commercial and patrol craft to 53 feet. It also builds the

Valiant line of auxiliary-powered cruising sailboats on contract for Valiant Yacht Corp.,

Seattle, Wash.

All Uniflite-built nonmilitary boats are classified and labeled by Underwriters' Lab- oratories (UL), attesting to the strength and fire retardance of their fiberglass hulls.

Avondale Shipyards Order

Two Paceco Shipstainer Cranes

Paceco, Inc., a subsidiary of Fruehauf Cor- poration, Alameda, Calif., recently received an order for two 30 Long Ton Shipstainer® cranes from Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Avon- dale, La. The two shipboard cranes will be used on LASH vessels for Waterman Steam- ship Corporation.

Paceco Shipstainer cranes for Avondale/Waterman will be similar to those built by Paceco for K-Lines.

An outstanding feature of the Shipstainers is their capability of unique handling of 62- ton hatch covers. The covers can be guided and stored by full control of the crane oper- ator, eliminating the need for hydraulically operated hatch covers.

The cranes are capable of discharging or loading 20-foot/40-foot containers from wharves located on either side of the ship.

An anti-sway reeving system will speed the handling of the containers.

Scheduled for delivery in late 1979, the cranes will be fully assembled and individu- ally barged to the Avondale shipbuilding site. Manufacturing is being done by Paceco's

Gulfport, Miss., plant.

Wartsila To Build Five Soviet

Salvage Vessels For $63 Million

Wartsila Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland, will build five salvage vessels for the Soviet

Union in 1978-80. The value of the contract is over 250 million marks (U.S. $63 million).

The ships are designed to work as auxiliary craft for fishing vessels in Arctic regions.

They have sturdy ice reinforcement and are capable of operating independently in ice

VL> meter thick (about 1.6 feet). The length of the units will be 70 meters (about 230 feet), and width 18 meters (approximately 59 feet). Their equipment will include four cranes and several foam guns. 22 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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