French Navy Takes Delivery of its First EDA-R Landing Craft

Released on Thursday, November 24, 2011
BPC - B�timent de Projection et de Commandement
DGA - Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
km - kilometre
The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has approved, November 24, 2011 in Toulon, the first amphibious landing craft fast (EDA-R), five times the capacity offered by the landing barges currently in service. The EDA-R will be used by the buildings of projection and command (BPC) of the Navy. Notified in June 2009 as part of the stimulus of the economy, the market includes the acquisition of EDA-R 4 slices firm and operational maintenance until mid-2015. The other three engines will be delivered by mid-2012.

Based on a unique concept (L-CAT - Catamaran Landing-) patented by the company of industrial building in the Mediterranean (CNIM), EDA-R is a fast catamaran transit mode, which turns into a vessel to the bottom Flat for range and enradier through a lift station. Each PCB can carry two EDA-R as a write off.

Designed to perform the landing of troops and military vehicles from a building amphibious positioned beyond the horizon (30 nautiques/55 km), the EDA-R can be used for humanitarian operations in areas devoid of port infrastructure. 30 meters long and 12 wide, the EDA-R has a payload of 80 tons with a speed of 18 knots fully loaded and 30 empty nodes. Its doors at the front and rear simplify loading and unloading of vehicles.

The shipyard SOCARENAM, subcontractor of contractor CNIM, manufactures the hull at its plant in Saint-Malo and finalizes the ship at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The workload generated by the implementation of four engines is about 400 000 hours and is over a hundred direct jobs for 3 years. At the side of CNIM and SOCARENAM, many companies and French SMEs are involved in the implementation of EDA-R.

Source: The DGA delivers first landing catamaran

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