French engineering group CNIM has developed a new landing craft assault (LCA) vessel for amphibious operations.
The LCA concept, launched at Euronaval 2018 in Paris, has been designed to transfer equipment and ground forces ashore efficiently from a mothership.
"It is a modern version of a classic landing craft for LHDs [landing helicopter docks], providing logistic transport from the LHD to the shore," Matthias Bayart, CNIM vice-president for defence, sea, and space, told Jane's .
The new LCA is being pitched as a replacement for older generation vessels of the type. One potential opportunity being eyed by CNIM is the replacement of the French Navy's existing fleet of vehicle transport craft.
The LCA features the same shallow draft as CNIM's original L-CAT fast amphibious landing catamaran, but with lower speeds and a lower surface footprint inside the well deck of the mothership. "So, you can carry four inside the well deck very easily."
It will be compatible with any future generation of modern main battle tank, he added.
The LCA has an overall length of 23-29 m depending on the vessel, with a 6.4 m beam and a 1.3 m hull draft when fully loaded. The 29 m version has a deck area of 21×4.4 m.
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