BMT has presented its Caimen-90 landing craft as a possible solution to emerging Australian landing craft requirements.
Originally designed to meet the UK MOD’s requirement to replace the Mk10 landing craft, the Caimen is an aluminium fast landing craft with a tri-bow monohull.
“As littoral zones are becoming one of the most important areas of operation for our defence forces, it’s so important to have fast and adaptable landing craft,” said BMT Managing Director Peter Behrendt.
“After many long and drawn out land campaigns early this century, our national security leaders are looking more and more to maritime capability to project power and meet operational needs while also adhering to operational budgets.”
The 100ft long Caimen is capable of 18kt, and can carry one M1A1 Abrams MBT or two Stryker class armoured vehicles. The US Army selected the Caimen design in September 2017, and five prototypes are due to be delivered starting in 2019.
BMT will be showcasing the Caimen at LAND FORCES with a model, video and virtual reality experience.