It is fitted with two 12.7 mm machine guns and can withstand 7.62 mm fire, similar to the SURC capability.
The future platform will likely feature an engine with low thermal and audible exhaust like the SURC. A boat with a low radar signature and small target area--a smaller boat--would also help make it even stealthier.
The SURC is 39 feet long, according to a Navy fact sheet.
Balk said the riverines will get 12 additional SURCs in the next few years because the Marine boat program was "terminated before all craft were bought," he said.
Smith, a platoon sergeant with the company who has been able to work with the SURC. Although the Riverine Assault Craft carried four weapons systems on board, the speed and maneuverability of the SURC makes it a better fighting platform.
Not only are the SURC faster, they can travel farther than their predecessors as well.
"The old Raider craft could travel 75 nautical miles whereas the SURC can travel for 250 nautical miles," said Staff Sgt James A.
The SURC boats proved themselves time and time again in the waterways of Iraq, and despite being new, come with great reviews from the men who live on them.