(French Procurement Agency) delivers first L-CAT/EDA-R landing catamaran
to French Navy
November 24, 2011 the Direction Générale de l'Armement
(DGA - French Procurement Agency) has taken delivery of the first fast
amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement
amphibie rapide"). The EDA-R offers five times the landing capacity
of existing landing craft currently in service with the French Navy.
The EDA-R will be used by the Marine Nationale's Mistral class LHDs.
Signed in June 2009 as part of an economy stimulus plan, the contract
includes the acquisition of 4 EDA-R and their operational maintenance
until mid-2015. The other three fast amphibious landing craft will be
delivered by mid-2012.
named EDA-R in French Navy service
on a unique concept (L-CAT for Landing Catamaran) patented by the CNIM
company (Constructions industrielles de la méditerranée)
the EDA-R is a fast catamaran while in "transit mode" which
can turn into a flat-bottomed vessel (for beaching and getting into
larger vessels well-decks) thanks to a platform lift station. Each Mistral
class LHD can hold two EDA-R in its well deck.
variable draft system explained
Designed to land troops
and military vehicles from an over-the-horizon amphibious vessel (30 nautical
miles/55 km), the EDA-R can be used for humanitarian operations in areas
lacking port infrastructures. With a length of 30 meters and a width of
12 meters, the EDA-R has a payload of 80 tons with a speed of 18 knots
fully loaded and 30 knots when empty. Its doors at the front and rear
simplify the loading and unloading of vehicles.
of an EDA-R loaded with VAB armored vehicles
(picture: French Navy)
The hull is built in
Saint Malo by the SOCARENAM shipyard , subcontractor of CNIM (the prime
contractor). The craft is then finalized at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The workload
generated by the construction of four landing craft is about 400 000 hours
and accounts for over one hundred jobs for 3 years. In addition to CNIM
and SOCARENAM, many French companies and SMEs are involved in the EDA-R