Due to operational pressures, many navies are now considering launching their landing craft further offshore, therefore increasing the demand for flexible design, increased speeds and enhanced safety functions of landing crafts, all of which are key elements of BMT's CAIMEN designs.
BMT's CAIMEN-200 is a simple design that incorporates key benefits important for supporting expeditionary operations worldwide, ranging from amphibious assault to disaster relief and humanitarian aid/evacuation. Logistical throughput is improved by almost doubling current large amphibious assault craft speed, enabling more weight and firepower of amphibious forces to be deployed in a shorter time and thus achieving greater military effect.
BMT can customize the vessel design according to client requirements in areas such as:
High logistical throughput of the CAIMEN-200 is determined by both a large payload capacity of the vessel and the high operating speed, thus reducing the transit time to and from the beach.
The enhanced seakeeping characteristics of the CAIMEN-200 combined with the safe and efficient system for loading and unloading payload, are due to use of an ‘active bow ramp’ which allows both stable beaching and excellent hydrodynamic performance.
BMT's CAIMEN-90 Fast is a highly capable tri-bow fast landing craft designed by BMT Defence Services and BMT Nigel Gee which addressed many design and safety challenges for light weight, fast landing craft and reduced host ship vulnerability. It is able to operate at high speeds with heavy payloads, allowing faster amphibious offload from a host ship compared with slower, more conventional landing craft.
Through speed improvements, delivery and offload of similar quantities of vehicles stores and personnel can be achieved within the same timeframe and the specially designed hullform allows for reduced host ship vulnerability by launching landing craft further offshore and maintaining flexibility in stand-off distance. The novel, tri-bow monohull is constructed from aluminium and has been extensively model tested, with the capability of the design being proven not only in terms of speed but also seakeeping and manoeuvrability.
CAIMEN-60 combines the best of current LCM design and technology with the revolutionary BMT tri-bow hullform to sit at the leading edge of the performance envelope for a landing craft of its size. Its simple design ensures rapid transit and delivery of vehicles, equipment and troops from a host ship to the shore and vice versa.
As a low complexity and affordable design, the CAIMEN-60 benefits from strict attention to detail and structural continuity that facilitates durability and robustness. The tri-bow hullform serves to provide excellent seakeeping and survivability performance, withstanding extensive bottom raking damage through excellent damage stability characteristics afforded through stringent watertight subdivision. The vessel is also designed to interface with most well dock equipped ships and can also be tailored to be deployed via crane from ships without a well dock.