• A concept image of the Caiman 90.
    A concept image of the Caiman 90. BMT

BMT has announced the Caimen 90 Landing Craft as its bid vessel for the Land 8710 program.

Land 8710 Phase 1 is the program to replace the Army’s Mark 8 Landing Craft.

The Caimen 90 was designed by BMT and is able to operate at high speeds with heavy payloads.

“BMT is offered world leading capability in landing craft vessels to the Australian Army with the Caimen 90,” BMT Defence and Security Managing Director, Peter Behrendt said. “A variant of this vessel is already being built internationally, which shows it is a proven hull form and design.

“The Caimen 90 represents a significant improvement on speed performance from previous landing craft vessels and is capable of traveling at up to 30 knots.

“Additionally, features such as a tri-bow aluminium monohull and a bow and stern ramp, will allow for roll-on, roll-off capability, a key requirement for a modern landing craft,” Behrendt added.

The Mechanized Mark 8 Landing Craft (LCM8) were originally brought into service by the US Navy for river operations during the Vietnam War.

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