Hann Powerboats signs Air Force contract


Hann Powerboats was awarded a five-year, $4.5 million contract to make powerboats for the Air Force, primarily for target practice.

The Florida-based recreational boatbuilder is also building boats for the Navy, according to the Bradenton Herald.

"Finding a little boat in a big ocean is not easy," Hann vice president Kevin McLaughlin told the Bradenton Herald. "Once you find the boat you have to be able to identify if they are friendly people on the boat of if they are bad guys on the boat. Once you get through that and determine they're a bad guy, then you have to take an offense on the boat. That could either be strafing it with .50-caliber machine guns or dropping a bomb on it."

When it comes to ordering a boat to bomb, not any boat will do. Hann's boats are made to be stable while being towed at 35 knots, McLaughlin said. Most boats have to be self-propelled to remain stable at that speed.

McLaughlin said the company’s quick production time makes it an attractive choice for military products.

"As an example, we recently in the last two months delivered 30 boats to the Air Force and built those 30 boats in 50 days," he told the paper. "That was quite an achievement. That's one of the reasons why we were awarded the contract — we do have the ability to produce boats quickly and because of good labor in the Bradenton and Sarasota area."

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