According to information published by the French news site “Actu.fr“On January 11, 2022, the French shipyard company CMN Group launched the construction of landing ships for an undisclosed African country. The ship is designed to conduct amphibious operations, transport combat vehicles and troops.
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This is the first time that the French shipyard CMG Group has built landing ships. In 2016, CMN received a contract for the construction of 20 ships for an African country. The first landing ship is expected to be delivered in the summer of 2023 and the second ship in 2025.
Landing Ship, Tank (LST), or Tank Landing Ship, is the naval designation for vessels designed to support amphibious operations by transporting tanks, vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly to shore without docks or jetties . This allowed amphibious assaults on almost any beach.
According to technical specifications published by the French site “Actu.fr”, the new CMN landing craft will be powered by two engines driving two shafts and will be able to reach a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h). The ship will have a crew of 18 sailors.
The new CMN landing ship will be 70m long and 10.6m wide. The hull of the ship and its superstructures are made of steel. Watertight bulkheads ensure survivability in the event of damage. The ship will be able to carry up to 200 tons of military equipment, troops and combat vehicles.
The CMN landing ship was designed to carry up to 260 troops and also has a small 5.25m vessel with a dedicated crane that can be used to perform landing operations.