French Navy receives two EDA-S Amphibious Standard Landing Crafts

According to a tweet published by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) on November 26, 2021, the French Navy has received two EDA-S Amphibious Standard Landing Crafts (Engins de Débarquement Amphibie – Standards).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 EDA-S Amphibious Standard Landing Craft (Picture source: Twitter account of the French DGA)

The French Ministry of Defence (DGA) launched the public tender in order to replace its fleet of CTM built in the 80’s.

The actual aim is to allocate 8 EDA-S in Toulon to be deployed from Mistral-Class LHDs, and 6 others in overseas territories directly from French navy bases (Guyana, Mayotte, Martinique, New Caledonia and Djibouti) restoring an amphibious transport capability.

This new fleet of EDA-S will be based on the CNIM LCA design (on the pictures) to operate in extremely shallow waters, and to carry troops, vehicles and military equipment with a nominal payload capacity of 65 tonnes and a maximum payload capacity of 80 tonnes.

EDA-S design will be longer than the previous CTM (28.5m instead of 24m), faster (11kts instead of 8kts full load), and with a better manoeuvrability thanks to an optimized hull form and propulsion configuration (two ducted propellers and one pump-jet at bow).

The maximum speed will be 13.5kts lightship and their autonomy is up to 350nm at 11kts.

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