Navantia celebrated, last October, the cut of steel of the first LCM-1E high-speed landing craft, of a series of 12 that Navantia will build for the Royal Australian Navy, to be operating on board the ALHD Canberra and ALHD Adelaide
These units are identical to the LCM-1E high-speed landing crafts built by Navantia and in service with the Spanish Navy since 2007 and 2008.
Each LCM-1E weighs 110 tons. The first four will arrive in 2014, when the first of the new ALHDs becomes operational.
The main characteristics are:
– Length overall: 23.30m
– Floatation length: 21.27m
– Width: 6.40m
– Depth: 2.80m
– Propulsion: two 809kW diesel engines, two water-jet propellers
– Speed: > 20 knots
– Autonomy: 190 miles at full load