USCG Acquisition Directorate press release
Following on the success of the OTH-IV program, the OTH-V is viewed as an evolutionary step in providing capability for the Coast Guard’s major cutter fleet. The program is designed to expand the service’s mission readiness and meet the Coast Guard’s cutter-based surface prosecution needs for the next decade.
With an estimated production of close to 200 boats between 2021-2029, the OTH-V will be the primary cutter boat for the Coast Guard’s major cutters. OTH-V preliminary scope foresees two boats for each National Security Cutter (NSC), one for each Fast Response Cutter (FRC), 2 or 3 for each Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), 2 for Polar Security Cutter (PSC), and one for each Legacy Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC).
The acquisition is being conducted in two phases. In the first phase, evaluation of the submitted proposals will result in up to four individual awards. Each awardee will produce a single boat that will be used to demonstrate the boat’s capabilities in selected scenarios. The second phase will update the initial evaluations based on the demonstration, leading to selection of a single best-value boat to move into production.
OTH-V notional characteristics include a top speed of 38 to 42 knots powered by a diesel engine with waterjet and a range of 150 to 200 nautical miles. The boat will carry up to 13 people, with dimensions limited to 26 feet long by 8.5 feet wide, and a performance weight of approximately 8,700 pounds.
The OTH-V will continue to consolidate boat classes, generating efficiencies in training and supportability. The delivery schedule calls for production and deliveries of 12 to 24 OTH-Vs per year starting in 2023.
Cutter boats deployed aboard cutters facilitate mission accomplishment in almost all mission areas, with emphasis on search and rescue, drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction operations, living marine resources, defense readiness, and ports, waterways and coastal security.