TOULON, France --- The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on November 26, 2012 in Toulon took delivery of the fourth fast amphibious landing craft (EDA-R).
Used to transport ground troops and vehicles to and from French navy’s Mistral-class BPC amphibious ships, these very innovative vessels quintuple the cargo flow capacity compared to the conventional landing craft previously in service.
This fourth unit is also the final one funded by a contract awarded in 2009 by DGA to CNIM (Constructions industrial Mediterranean), which also includes the operational sustainment of the four vessels until 2016.
Based on the unique L-CAT concept (Landing Catamaran) patented by CNIM, the EDA-R is a fast catamaran when in transit mode, but turns into a flat-bottomed landing craft to beach and to enter its mother ship’s well deck thanks to its central lifting platform.
Ramps at the front and rear simplify and speed up loading and unloading of vehicles.
These landing craft are 30 meters long and 12 meters wide, and have a nominal payload capacity of 80 metric tonnes; it can reach a speed of 18 knots at full load, and up to 30 knots when empty, depending on the sea state.
The EDA-R landing craft are designed to operate from an amphibious positioned located beyond the horizon (at about 30 nautical miles, or 55 km).
They can conduct military or humanitarian operations without needing any port infrastructure. A BPC-type amphibious ship can carry two EDA-Rs in her well deck.
The Socarenam shipyard, subcontractor to prime contractor CNIM, manufactures the hulls at its facility in Saint-Malo, and completed them at another facility at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The workload generated by the construction of the four vessels supported over 100 direct jobs over the contract’s three years.
In addition to CNIM and Socarenam, many French companies and SMEs were also involved in the construction of these very innovative vessels.