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based on well-proven technology.
CNIM has self funded the detailed
design and build of the L-Cat demonstrator,
awarding the Gemelin yard a contract in
April 2007 for construction of the prototype.
Naval architecture and systems engineering
house D2M played a supporting role, having
produced the initial concept, refined the
hullform, and developed the basic design and
general arrangement.
The demonstrator is a baseline 30m,
300tonne displacement L-Cat design of
aluminium construction and capable of
speeds of 20kts at its maximum 110tonne
design payload (speed increases to 30kts
in light conditions). Draft, fully loaded in
catamaran mode, is 2.5m.
In landing craft mode, L-Cat has a
design-draft forward of 0.65m (increasing The L-Cat demonstrator is capable of speeds of 20kts at its maximum 110tonne design
to 1.2m aft), and is able to land on any payload and of 30kts in light condition.
beach with a gradient of 2
º
or more. The
craft has been designed to be compatible a height of 6.1m. The cargo deck itself is wheelhouses are fitted into the forward
with any NATO standard well deck up to 23m in length, with a beam of 6.9m. part of the starboard hull: the elevated
Sea State 4 and to fit inside any dock up to L-Cat has a crew of four. Two bridge position is used for navigation
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