A 20m Fast Vessel with retractable hydrofoils: Troop Transportation Flying Vector
The design and engineering studies for the TRANSFLYTOR project are fully funded by the European E-DIDP program and will be delivered at the end of 2023. SEAir is the technical leader, while the DGA (French defense procurement agency) ensures the good operational and technological suitability of the vessel, coordinating exchanges with their Danish and Spanish counterparts.
SEAir is known for the design, manufacturing of retractable foiling and servo-controlled systems. The company already won a contract with the French Navy special forces (ALFUSCO) for the E-FlyCO project which consists in a RHIB fitted with retractable foils.
According to the company, TRANSFLYTOR aims to open up new options for engagement in maritime defense and special naval operations in the face of the challenges posed by the extension of national security threats in our continental approaches (clandestine aggression against offshore installations, terrorism, disaster at sea, etc.) and by hostile access conditions, approaches and coastlines (“Anti Access/Area Denial”).
“Our ship is conceived to operate at high speed (on foils), with multi-missions capability (special forces, drones, …), while being discreet (reduced signature), and capable of ocean operation (long range, launch from amphibious vessel) and highly militarized (armament, sensors, C2I).”
The TRANSFLYTOR project will use an innovative approach based on cutting-edge simulation tools, which will enable to by-pass prototype stage and tank tests:
- Accelerate time-to-market (commercialization planned as of 2028);
- Dramatically reduce development costs.
This boat will be designed to specifically meet European Special Forces needs, complying with Navies, naval and NATO standards. In the future, the core design will ease further development of large high-speed boats for other military or civilian applications (rescue, environment, wind farm, CTV…).