France’s CEFA (Stand 07-B30, French Pavilion) has capitalised on more than 50 years’ experience in water crossing operations to develop a new military support boat based on the concept of the German M-Boot.
Already acquired by the French Army, the 7m Vedette F2 craft is designed to enable land forces to cross rivers or other waterways; it also has application for disaster relief/humanitarian aid situations where populations have been affected by flooding or inundation.
Driven by two integral Schottel waterjets powered by Deutz engines, the flat-bottomed Vedette F2 platform can use all its power in just 0.5m of water, regardless of climatic conditions (including ice).
Driven like a car or a jet ski, the craft can achieve a speed of 8.5m/s in water depths greater than 4m.
The French Army took delivery of eight Vedette F2 boats in December last year. Key roles for the craft include push-towing and towing, navigation and anchoring manoeuvres, the installation of protection nets, logistics and diver support.