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CNIM is a French equipment manufacturer and industrial contractor operating on a worldwide basis. 

For amphibious operations, CNIM designed and developed the fast landing catamaran, L-CATÒ. Currently in service with the French and Egyptian navies, the L-CATÒ has proven its ability to support armed forces during military and humanitarian missions. It can be depoyed from any coastal infrastructures (port, quay, slipway, beach) or from a ship.

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L-CATÒ Ship-to-Shore - High Speed Naval Connector

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Logistics Support
  • Disaster Relief

L-CATÒ is a sea and combat proven ship and has been in service since 2011. It can deploy either a fully motorized infantry platoon complete with its vehicles and equipment, a single heavy (M1, Leopard 2, Leclerc) Main Battle Tank, or 80 tons of military or disaster relief equipment.

L-CATÒ is a fast and innovative landing craft whose characteristics are adapted to the necessities of modern amphibious warfare:

  • Speed for rapid loading/unloading to and from its base ship and quick maneuver to the objective, allowing for a faster pace of operations. 
  • Autonomy for over the horizon maneuver, allowing the base ship to remain safely beyond horizon without compromising operational success. 
  • Payload capacity to carry any relevant tactical package to the objective in an efficient manner.


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L-CATÒ Shore-to-Shore - Regional Force Projection Craft

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Logistics Support
  • Disaster Relief

L-CATÒ is a key enabler of stand alone force projection on a regional scale. It can operate with or without any coastal infrastructure. It has a long range in order to ensure, with full autonomy and independence, a fast deployment of troops, vehicle and equipment from their homeport to the objective.

L-CATÒ is tactically autonomous system with its own communication, detection and surveillance systems. It responds perfectly to current maritime security needs, as well as to civil assistance requirements, such as the evactuation of civillian poulations from disaster stricken areas.