Couach press release
The 1200 LMI further establishes Chantier Naval Couach as an international reference for the design and construction of fast units fully adapted to the needs of its customers.
The 1200 LMI responds to a recurring demand, widely expressed by Navy forces, commandos and coastguards, for a light and ultra-fast platform to carry out a wide range of missions: coastguard operations, protection of critical infrastructures, interception of go-fast operations, surveillance and search and rescue missions or elite troop drops.
To meet these new operational requirements, Chantier Naval Couach unveils a new modular platform by design, from the engine to the exterior and interior spaces, and exhibited in Euronaval 2022. With an overall length of 13.95 meters in its largest configuration, the 1200 LMI carries from 2×200 to 4×400 horsepower, an open or closed wheelhouse, and vast storage and/or salvage spaces.
Modular, the 1200 LMI is also modular in its equipment. Radars, satellite compass, infrared cameras, search lights, but also medical equipment in its MEDEVAC version, are available to meet its different missions, highlighting the integration and flexibility capacity of the shipyard. Thanks to its air conditioning and tilted windshield, the 1200 LMI is ready for extreme heat to protect crews.
In all its configurations, the vessel is uncompromisingly fast: the 1200 LMI can reach a maximum speed of 65 knots – 45 knots in sea state 2 – with a large maneuvering capacity with a turning radius of 10 meters. Its tanks guarantee a range of up to 200 nautical miles at a speed of 28 knots, for missions lasting approximately one day. The crew can be reduced to 2 people while the total capacity is 10 passengers. In its standard configuration (see plan below), the crew composed of 4 persons in the wheelhouse benefits from suspension seats to improve comfort during high speed navigation.
The 1200 LMI benefits from all the experience of the Couach Shipyard in composite construction (Glass, Kevlar, Carbon), which lightens the ship and guarantees its speed, while preserving a great robustness and the absence of maintenance (no painting).
Thanks to this new model, Chantier Naval Couach has further strengthened its expertise in the design and construction of interceptors, which is the driving force behind the shipyard’s export development. The performance of its vessels, fully proven at sea and during the performance of their missions, make them assets recognized and sought after by many administrations and naval agencies around the world. The 1200 LMI has already attracted the interest of several export prospects in various configurations.