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The RHIB (full name: Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) is a waterborne vessel that has made appearances in both ArmA 2 and ArmA 3.

ArmA 2

RHIB
Arma2-render-rhib
Faction USMC
Type Light Patrol Vessel
Seats Standard variant: 12 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 10× Passengers

MK19 variant: 9 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 2× Gunners
  • 7× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
Top speed ~ 58 km/h
Fuel capacity 100 L
Primary armament All variants:
  • 1× M2HB .50 HMG
Secondary armament MK19 variant only:
  • 1× MK19 40 mm
Variants RHIB (MK19)
Games
Arma 2 logo

The RHIB is a light patrol vessel that is used exclusively by the U.S. Marines in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Coastguard
    • Troop transport
« The Naval Special Warfare Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat is a fast, high-buoyancy all weather boat designed to transport a fully equipped team of eight-men and three crew members. It is also fully transportable by C-130 Hercules.
Armoury Description
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Design

Powered by twin diesel engines, the RHIB is an armed rigid-hulled boat. Its duties include coastline patrol, surveillance and resupply of special operations forces, and transporting personnel to and from ships.

Features
It is available in two variants, with both being armed with a forward-mounted M2HB .50 cal heavy machine gun that can be rotated in all directions. The standard transport model can transport up to ten passengers, while a second variant has a rear-facing, MK19 40 mm grenade launcher that has a fixed aiming arc that transports three less passengers (for a total of seven only).

The .50 cal HMG always has a single belt box of 100 rounds loaded, and has two more boxes left in reserve. The RHIB variant armed with a MK19 on the other hand, feeds from one 48 round belt of high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) grenades and has three more belts to spare.

The RHIB serves as the USMC's sole waterborne craft that allows it to transport Marines to and from shores, acting as a speedier (albeit non-amphibious) alternative to the tracked AAVP-7A1 APC. It can also be used as a maritime patrol vessel to guard against enemy infiltration attempts by boat.

As the sole armed vessel in ArmA 2, the RHIB does not have a directly comparable counterpart to it. It's slower than the smaller Russian-made PBX and the USMC's own CRRC while having more sluggish handling at slow speeds. At the same time, it handles better than civilian boats and can transport more passengers.

When it comes to armament and protection, the RHIB is somewhat comparable to the AAVP-7A1 but because of its open design, leaves its passengers exposed to being injured or killed by enemy fire. The latter on the other hand, protects its riders since they sit in a concealed compartment. This essentially forces the RHIB to rely on its speed to avoid taking damage, as it won't last long in direct combat against most threats.

Overall, the RHIB occupies a very specific niche in the USMC's inventory. It's not quite the ideal choice of transport when attempting to land on shores guarded by an enemy force, but will still be able accomplish its task (even if it means risking the safety of its occupants).

Crew Capacity
Both variants of the RHIB have a crew that consists of the driver and a gunner (two in the case of the MK19 model). Transportation capacity varies depending on the choice of armament, but it will always seat a minimum of seven passengers regardless of the variant.

Variants

  • RHIB: Baseline variant. Is only armed with an M2HB heavy machine gun. Can transport up to ten passengers.
  • RHIB (MK19): Mostly identical to the baseline RHIB but has a second turret mounted to the rear that is armed with a MK19 40 mm AGL. It can only transport up to seven passengers.

Trivia

  • The standard HMG-only variant of the RHIB does not actually have a gunner position and is considered to be the "commander" of the boat. This does not apply to the MK19 variant however, which has a properly configured gunner position.

Gallery

ArmA 3

RHIB
Arma3-render-rhib
Faction - Civilians
- Syndikat
Type Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat
Seats 7 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 6× Passengers
Item capacity Max: 500 kg
  • 10× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
  • 5× Backpacks
Top speed 95 km/h
Fuel capacity 100 L
Primary armament None
Secondary armament None
Variants None
Games
Apex

The RHIB is a high speed boat used by both the Syndikat and Tanoan civilians in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.

With a top speed of 95 km/h, the RHIB is currently the fastest water vehicle in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Fast-attack
« The rigid-hulled inflatable boat, (RHIB) is a light-weight but high-performance and high-capacity boat constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwale. The boat can fit 7 passengers and a driver. RHIB can be used for multiple tasks. It can be a simple transport boat with some countries deploying them for coast guarding. This is in contrast to criminals on Tanoa who use RHIBs as a fast and small smuggling boat.
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Design

Fielded by many nations and organisations as a light, versatile boat, the ArmA 3 RHIB uses a hybrid design that consists of a reinforced fibreglass hull and an inflatable gunwhale/collar constructed of reinforced fabric.

Features
Boasting an impressive top speed of up to 95 km/h, the RHIB can cut its way through the water with relative ease and handles just as smoothly as the Speedboat when it comes to turning and acceleration. It is also capable of transporting two more passengers compared to its smaller counterpart, the Assault Boat, which can only carry four at a time (not including the driver).

While the RHIB does not possess any weaponry by itself, all passengers are able to fire their own weapons regardless of where they are seated. Much like the Speedboat, the RHIB is too heavy to be lifted by smaller helicopters like the WY-55. However, it can still be airlifted via slingloading with either the Huron or Mi-290 heavy-lift helicopters.

Crew Capacity
The RHIB has a seating capacity of up to eight personnel (including the driver). Besides the driver, all of the passengers either crouch or sit in the centre and on both sides of the craft.

Camouflage

  • Black: Pattern-less black paint scheme used exclusively by Syndikat RHIBs.
  • Civilian: Two-tone white/cyan paint scheme used on civilian-owned variants.

Trivia

  • As with the Assault Boat, the RHIB could be based on any real-world rigid-hull boat as almost all RHIB-based designs share the same layout and appearance in some way.

Gallery

External links

See also

Boats of comparable role and configuration