Rosoboronexport has begun its first export of Project 02450 fast assault boats BK-10 designed and manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern to a Sub-Saharan African Nation.
"A contract signed recently by Rosoboronexport was the first document for the supply of Russian-made final naval products to Sub-Saharan Africa in the last 20 years. The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi in October 2019, gave a strong impetus to the growth of our cooperation and its transition to a new quality level," said Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport.
The Project 02450 fast assault boat BK-10 is intended for transporting personnel, landing troops on unimproved shores, providing fire support to forces ashore, fighting piracy and terrorism. It features high speed performance and long operational range.
Powered by two high performance outboard gasoline engines, the BK-10 can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. With its large-capacity fuel tanks, the boat has a cruising range of up to 400 miles without refueling. It can carry up to 10 troopers and is equipped with a metal bow platform or ramp to facilitate landing on an unimproved shore. The boat provides comfortable accommodations for the troopers and the crew: it is fitted with high-performance shock-absorbing saddle-shaped seats which can be easily and quickly dismantled if required.
The BK-10 has an armored wheelhouse and a bullet-resistant windshield. Armored plates can be installed around the perimeter of the troop compartment to protect the soldiers. Strong engine protection bars are installed.
In addition, the boat has high firepower – up to four 7.62 - 12.7 mm machine guns, which significantly expands its mission area in its class.The BK-10 may be carried by all means of transport (road, rail, air, river and sea) and used as a waterborne platform.