The craft has been built by the Research and Development unit of the Navy at a cost of Rs. 1.7 million. However, such a craft is usually priced around Rs 12.5 million in the market.
The special feature of this Air Boat is its propeller being fixed well above the water level. So, in rescue missions where the naval personnel have to pull people in distress off water, it will cause no harm to the people and boat it self. Further, the basic structure of this Air Boat and related informative know-how has been given by Commodore Priyantha Perera who is a specialist in Naval Diving.
The newly produced Air Boat was launched in the presence of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, at Kajugaha Kumbura Lake, in Welisara Naval Base recently.