lcm-1e | landing craft
Type: Roll-on/roll-off landing craft mechanised
Displacement: 56.6 tonnes unloaded, 120 tons loaded
Length: 23.3 metres (76 ft)
Beam: 6.4 metres (21 ft)
Draught: 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) loaded
Ramps: Bow ramp and stern gate
2 × MAN D-2842 LE 402X diesel engines (809 kW each)
2 × MJP CSU650 waterjets
22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) light
13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph) loaded
Range: 190 nautical miles (350 km; 220 mi) at economic speed
Crew: 5 to operate - vessel master, deck engineer, loadmaster, engineer, navigator.
Weapons: 4x mounting points for crew-served weapons
The LCM-1E is 110-ton class fast landing craft designed by Navantia shipyards. These vessels are intended to deliver troops and equipment onshore during amphibious assaults.
The LCM-1E is only 23.3m long, thus allowing for four vessels to be carried in the AFSB's well dock, with plenty of space left to satisfy the Navy's requirement for space for Goldfish RHIBs.
The landing craft have the ability to operate over-the-horizon, as they are equipped with radar navigation, GPS, gyro needle/magnetic compasses and HF communications equipment, VHF and UHF. This allows them to operate up to 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) from their mothership. Propulsion is supplied by two MAN D-2842 LE 402X diesel engines, which supply 809 kilowatts (1,085 hp) each to the two waterjets, allowing the craft to reach 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) unladen, and 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph) loaded. Maximum range at economical speeds is 190 nautical miles (350 km; 220 mi).
The LCM-1E incorporates a stern gate, allowing the loading and unloading of vehicles onto all landing craft within the dry stern dock, without having to open the gate to swap landing craft around. In turn, this saves having to dock down the landing platform, and allows re-stowing of vehicles while the landing platform is underway. There is a maximum limit of 12 tons for the transfer of vehicles in this configuration.
Loading capacity of the LCM-1E is as follows: