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CBP Flashes Advanced Demonstrator Vessel

The system also incorporates video recording capability that can be used as evidence during prosecutions.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is fixing to upgrade its fleet of specialized, high-speed interceptor vessels, and this spring took delivery of a 43-foot “Advance Concept Technology Demonstrator” vessel.

CBP Advance Demonstration Vessel at work on the Potomac River (James Tourtellotte/CBP)

It’s equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor suite, featuring infrared and day and low-light cameras. It’s a lightweight, gyro-stabilized 9-inch turret that can contain up to five sensors. The system also incorporates video recording capability that can be used as evidence during prosecutions.

With a crew of four, the ACTD has a range of 400 nautical miles, deploying for up to 10 hours at a cruising speed of 40 knots. The vessel can reach a top speed of 65 knots (75 mph).

Other features include shock-mitigating seats, gun placements on the port and starboard gunwales, a flush foredeck and a T-top design. It’s powered by four 350 hp Mercury outboard engines for a total of 1,400 hp, an increase of 500 hp over CBP’s current interceptor, the 39-foot Midnight Express.

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