Patented by CNIM and developed using its own funds, the L-CAT (Landing Catamaran) is a totally innovative ship based on the integration of a mobile loading platform into the hull of a catamaran. In its raised position, the L-CAT is a catamaran that is transformed into a flat bottom ship by deploying its platform in the lowered position, for the purposes of unloading on any beach in the absence of port facilities.
It is intended for the landing of troops, vehicles and equipment from the amphibious craft used by the national Navy (BPC and TCD). 30 m long and 12 m wide, it offers a maximum loading capacity of 80 tonnes at a speed of approximately 18 knots, while the empty speed is 25 knots.
In 2009, the Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) informed CNIM of the acquisition of 4 EDA-R (“Rapid” Amphibious Landing Crafts) based on this concept. The contract includes the possibility of acquiring a total of 8 vessels, while entrusting their support to CNIM.
It is intended to be used as a relay for a large amphibious vessel during crisis operations (reinforcing troops, unloading of armoured vehicles...).