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Steller Systems Unveils Offshore Insertion Craft Scaled Demonstrator

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Steller Systems Unveils Offshore Insertion Craft Scaled Demonstrator

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Steller Systems Unveils Offshore Insertion Craft Scaled Demonstrator
Steller Systems Unveils Offshore Insertion Craft Scaled Demonstrator

Steller Systems has recently built and trialled a 6m concept demonstrator of 19m Offshore Insertion Craft. The demonstrator has successfully proven the innovative features of the full-scale craft proving an ocean-going hullform can be capable of providing stern-to landing and quick egress whilst delivering war fighters “fit-to-fight”. Steller Systems 19m Offshore Insertion Craft is designed to be the ultimate multi-role vessel, capable of delivering personnel and equipment over large distances with minimum fatigue. The novel design combined with a large stern ramp and configurable payload area allow the craft to be a high performing, low signature, all-round platform to meet the current and future demands of the littoral combat zone.

Janes reported that under the DASA Novel Amphibious Craft programme, Steller Systems in April 2023 received a 12-month Dstl contract valued at GBP400,000 (USD502,424) for the build and test of a 6 m demonstrator scaled so as to be representative of a larger 19 m offshore insertion craft design capable of delivering personnel and equipment over large distances with minimum fatigue. Launched in January 2023 the DASA Novel Amphibious Craft competition has set out to demonstrate and de-risk a series of candidate concepts and innovative technologies potentially applicable to a future Commando Insertion Craft (CIC) planned to enter service later this decade.

The demonstrator has “successfully proven the innovative features” of a full-scale craft designed to improve the performance and safety of beach landings. Developed using HullTune® by Steller Systems, the novel instep hullform delivers maximum offshore performance with minimal draft to allow high-speed extended transits in high seastates with low wading depth. The demonstrator craft, shown being put through its paces below, was built over the summer by our in-house team here at Steller Systems. Construction of the demonstrator was undertaken during mid-2023 in conjunction with an industry team that also included Golden Arrow Marine, SR Structures, GSD Technologies, and EMS Engineered Marine Systems.

Steller Systems is a leading independent consultancy practice specialising in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Systems Engineering. The company is a member of the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty (DTCT) Approved Community. Steller Systems team consists of naval architects and marine engineers who all share a love for their area of expertise. All of our employees are active members of professional societies and Steller Systems’ Managing Director is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institution of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists (IMarEST).

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